The Scottish Episcopal Church announced last week that Canon Martin Shaw has been elected as the new Bishop of Argyll and The Isles in the Scottish Episcopal Church at a meeting of the Electoral Synod in Oban. He will succeed the Rt Rev Douglas Cameron who retired as Bishop of Argyll and The Isles at the end of October last year.
Martin Shaw is presently Precentor (in charge of Cathedral music and choral services) and Residentiary Canon of the Cathedral of Edmundsbury, Ipswich.
On hearing the news, the Catholic Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, Bishop Ian Murray said:
"I have just learned of the election of Canon Martin Shaw as the new Episcopal Bishop of Argyll and the Isles and I wish to welcome him to this region of Scotland with its long Christian tradition. I look forward to working with him in promoting and maintaining the Christian Faith. I congratulate Canon Shaw on behalf of myself, the priests and laity of my Diocese and assure him of our good wishes and the support of our prayers."
Reacting to the news, Canon Martin Shaw said;
" I've longed for some time now to return home to the Episcopal Church in Scotland. Now, I can! I am both excited and daunted. The Diocese is small in number but takes in a huge area. As I said in my presentation to those who elect the Bishop: 'Touch something with love, no matter how small, and it becomes infinite."
The Bishop-Elect will be consecrated and installed at a service planned for 8 June in St John's Episcopal Cathedral, Oban.
Martin (aged 59) is married to Elspeth who is an Occupational Therapist currently working in a community Psychiatric team of the NHS. His son Ben is an Event Manager with a London special event management company.
Madeleine, his daughter, is an opera singer and is currently doing graduate studies at Glasgow's RSAMD - The Opera School."
Notes to Editors
A photograph of Canon Martin Shaw is available on request (0131 225 6357 or 07950 726488) or from the Scottish Episcopal Church web-site www.scotland.anglican.org
The Electoral Synod of the Diocese of Argyll and The Isles comprises clergy within the Diocese as well as a lay representative from each congregation.
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