The Rt. Rev. Stephen D. Strawn, Dean of St. John’s Cathedral and Bishop of the Diocese of the Missouri Valley recently returned from a Meeting of the College of Bishops of the global Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC). The meeting was held in St. Katherine Cathedral in Lincoln, England. Early in the agenda was the election of a new Primate of the Communion.

The Most Rev. Shane Janzen, Metropolitan of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC) was elected by the College of Bishops and immediately the chairmanship of the meeting was turned over to him. Abp. Janzen was then enthroned the following day.

The 57-year old is a former high school teacher as well as a constitutional scholar and advisor, and has held senior positions within the provincial government. He serves as Rector of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Victoria, Canada. In addition to being the Metropolitan of the ACCC, he is also Bishop og Canada West.

“I am very honored and humbled by the trust my brother bishops have placed in me as the new primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion,” said Janzen. “I pray God’s grace and guidance for me and for all in the TAC.”

The Traditional Anglican Communion is an international communion of Anglican churches independent from the Canterbury Communion with parishes in Africa, Australia, the Torres Strait, Canada, Central and South America, England, Ireland, India, Scotland, and the United States.  Begun in 1977 and formally established in 1990 here in Victoria, the TAC is a Christ-centred, Biblically faithful church rooted in the traditional Anglican expression of the Christian faith and the historic Book of Common Prayer.