Thursday, October 8, 2015
CBC Interview with Bishop Mary Irwin-Gibson (September 2015)
The Anglican Diocese of Montreal has the first female bishop in its 165-year history.
The Very Reverend Mary Irwin-Gibson was installed as the twelfth bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Montreal at a consecration ceremony at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral on Tuesday evening.
Meet Montreal's first female bishop
Prior to taking up her role as bishop-elect earlier in September, Irwin-Gibson was rector and dean of St.George's Cathedral in Kingston, Ont.
Before that, she served in parishes in and around Montreal for 28 years.
In an interview with CBC Montreal Daybreak Tuesday, she said that not everyone is comfortable with female priests.
"I'm just going to be me, and they can figure it out."
"I think that's what happened with the early women priests was people just figured out that the call is God's hand on people," said Irwin-Gibson. "It just takes time for some people to get around that spot, and it's best not to push."
"The gifts I bring are the ones that [people] thought are the most suited to this time and this place," Irwin-Gibson told CBC Daybreak host Mike Finnerty.
Since she took up her duties, the Montreal diocese has been focused on raising money to help Syrian refugees, she said.
"We're going to keep working toward what we think our goals are, our mission and our vision and finding the passion and economic drivers to make that happen," said Irwin-Gibson.
CBC Radio Interview with Bishop Mary Irwin Gibson (June 2015)
Gazette Article Bishop Mary Irwin-Gibson (September 2015)
Anglican Article: Bishop Mary Irwin-Gibson (June 2015)
Video - Consecration of Bishop Mary Irwin-Gibson
Mary Irwin-Gibson Elected as the First Female Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Montreal
The Visions of the Nominees for Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Montreal
Nominees for Anglican Bishop in the Diocese of Montreal