REGULATION 2A: Of the Coadjutor Bishop

(See Provincial Canons 11 and 12)  

1. When the Bishop desires to have Episcopal assistance by means of the appointment of a Coadjutor, he shall notify that fact in writing to the Synod at its annual meeting or at a meeting specially called for that purpose.

2. The Synod shall consider the Bishop’s notification and, if it decides that the appointment of a Coadjutor is desirable, it shall direct the Diocesan Board of Finance to formulate the necessary financial arrangements and submit them for approval by the Diocesan Council.

3. When the financial arrangements have been approved by the Diocesan Council the Bishop shall transmit to the Archbishop the official documents prescribed in Article 1 of Provincial Canon 11.

4. (a) When the Archbishop has notified to the Bishop the consent of the Bishops of the Province to the appointment of the Coadjutor, the Bishop shall within fourteen (14) days summon a meeting of the Council for the purpose of arranging for the election of a Coadjutor Bishop.

(b) The Council shall give not less than ten (10) days notice of the time, place and purpose of the Synod.

5. Regulation 2, paragraphs 6 to 12 shall apply for the election of a Coadjutor, so however that-

(a). in paragraph 6, THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH IS INSERTED AFTER sub-paragraph (b):

(c) Notwithstanding Regulation 8 paragraph 14, the President of the Elective Assembly shall be –

(i) the Bishop, who shall not have any vote;

(ii) failing him, the Vicar-General; or

(iii) failing the Vicar-General such other person as the Elective Assembly shall appoint; and

(b) in paragraphs 7 to 11, other than paragraph 7(c), the word “Coadjutor” is substituted for the word “Bishop”.

6. The Coadjutor shall rank in seniority immediately after the Bishop.

7. It shall be lawful for the Coadjutor to be incumbent of a Parish, and he shall perform such diocesan duties and exercise such Episcopal functions and authority in the Diocese as the Bishop of the Diocese shall from time to time assign him.

8. The Coadjutor shall attend sessions of the Synod as a member of the Order of the Clergy.

9. The resignation of the Coadjutor shall be tendered to the Bishop who shall inform the Archbishop that the resignation has been tendered.

10. For the purpose of computing his pension the Coadjutor is deemed to have retired with consent:

(i) on vacating office at age sixty-five (65);

(ii) on resigning from office on or at any time after attaining the age of sixty (60) years; or

(iii) if he is certified by two duly qualified medical practitioners as no longer able by reason of physical or mental infirmity to discharge the duties of his office.