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Diocesan Bishop

Bishop Andrew Asbil is our diocesan bishop. He is the chief pastor of the Diocese, with pastoral oversight of 202 parishes.

Bishop Asbil was elected coadjutor bishop on June 9, 2018 and consecrated on Sept. 29, 2018. He automatically became the diocesan bishop on Jan. 1, 2019 and was installed on Jan. 13.

Born in 1961, Bishop Asbil was educated at the University of Waterloo and received his Master of Divinity degree from Huron College in 1988. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1989 and served a number of parishes in the Diocese of Niagara before coming to Toronto in 2001.

In Toronto, he served as incumbent of Redeemer, Bloor St. and was appointed Canon of the Diocese of Toronto in 2009. He served as the dean of Toronto and rector of St. James Cathedral from January 2016 to September 2018.

Bishop Andrew has oversight of the Central archdeaconry.

Headshot of Bishop Andrew Asbil.

Bishop’s Office

Canon Mary Conliffe is the Diocesan Executive Assistant. She’s available for information about diocesan events, clergy matters, Bishop’s Committees (including the Postulancy Committee) and the Fresh Start and Momentum programs.

Jennifer Bolender King is the Diocesan Bishop’s Office Assistant. You can contact her for scheduling appointments, meetings and parish visits with Bishop Asbil, and for matters related to the Central archdeaconry.

Amanda Lowry is the Bishop’s Office Assistant. She supports diocesan programs and specific episcopal portfolios (e.g. postulancy, Fresh Start for clergy and Momentum). She also helps coordinate diocesan services and special events.

Diocesan Bishop’s Office:

135 Adelaide St. E., Toronto M5C 1L8



Bishop’s committees

From time to time, the diocesan bishop forms a committee to address and advise on an issue facing the Diocese. The current Bishop’s Committees are:

Bishop’s Committee on Healing Ministries: the Rev. Canon Joanne Davies, chair. For more information, see the Healing Ministries section.

Bishop’s Youth Ministry Committee: for more information, see the Youth section.

Bishop’s Working Group on Intercultural Ministries: Andre Lyn, chair. For more information, see the Diversity Resources page and download the group’s purpose and vision statements.

Bishop’s Committee on Creation Care: Sylvia Keesmaat and the Rev. Susan Spicer, chairs. For more information, see the Creation Care section.

Bishop’s Committee on Interfaith Ministry: the Rev. Roshni Jayawardena & the Rev. Jeff Nowers, co-coordinators. For more information, see the Interfaith Ministry page.

Bishop’s Collaborative on Right Relations: the Rev. Gerlyn Henry and the Rev. Maria Ling, co-chairs. For more information, see the Indigenous Justice page.

Bishop’s officers

Diocesan Ecumenical Officer

the Rev. Canon Philip Hobson, OGS

Co-coordinators of Interfaith Ministry

the Rev. Roshni Jayawardena
the Rev. Jeff Nowers