Bishop Michael was elected as the eleventh Bishop of Niagara and was consecrated on September 30, 2007. He was ordained a deacon and then a priest in 1984 and for twenty-three years he served as a parish priest, Regional Dean and Archdeacon in five parishes in Newfoundland and Southern Ontario.
In accepting his new ministry as bishop, Michael has worked diligently with clergy, lay leaders and members of the church, inviting them all to live out, more and more fully, the diocese’s dynamic and faithful vision for ministry. The Bishop is a strong advocate for justice and inclusion in the life of the church and world.
In addition to his leadership within the diocese, Bishop Michael has been actively involved in our church nationally and worldwide. Most notably, he has been involved in the Consultation of Canadian and African Anglican Bishops in Dialogue since its inception in 2011. This work has taken him to Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, England and the United States. He has also made many visits to Niagara’s partner diocese in Cuba.
Michael and his family have had a long association with life in the Madawaska Valley. His parents built their cottage on the Madawaska River when he was one year old and Michael and his wife Susan built a log cabin in the same region in 1998. Four years ago, they sold their cottage and built what was originally intended to be their retirement home on Lake Kamaniskeg, just outside of Barry’s Bay. Michael and Susan have three grown children and were blessed in 2018 with the birth of their first grandchild. They enjoy jazz music, reading, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, boating and travel. While they also share an interest in following a number of sports teams, they have a real passion for the sport of curling.