The Very Reverend Michael Hawkins has been elected the next Bishop of the Diocese of Saskatchewan. He is currently Rector of St. Alban’s Cathedral in Prince Albert, and the Dean of Saskatchewan. He lives with his wife and family in Prince Albert.
After undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University / University of King’s College in Halifax, Mr. Hawkins completed his Master of Divinity studies at Trinity College in Toronto. He was ordained as Deacon on Holy Cross Day in 1988, and as Priest on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in June, 1989.
Mr. Hawkins served as Rector of two parishes in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (Parishes of Pugwash and River John 1988-1993; Parishes of Petite Rivière and New Dublin 1993-2001). Then in 2001 he moved to Prince Albert to become the Rector of St. Alban’s Cathedral and the Dean of Saskatchewan.
Other roles for Mr. Hawkins over the years have included time as the Registrar of the St. Michael’s Youth Conference, work with the Lunenburg branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, and more recently as a member of the “Men of the Way” men’s choir.
The role of a Bishop, to Mr. Hawkins, is to “lead the Church in fulfilling the ‘Great Commission’ of John 20:21 [‘As the Father has sent me, even so I send you’] in the power of the Holy Spirit.” He draws inspiration from the pictures of Peter and Andrew, and of James and John in the Gospels. “Peter and Andrew were called (Matthew 4) while they were casting their net into the sea,” he notes, while “James and John while they were mending their nets. A Bishop both leads the Church in being “fishers of men” and in “mending the nets.”
As Bishop-elect, Mr. Hawkins also looks forward to the important but challenging role of being a Bridge-Builder as Bishop. He recognizes that “A Bishop serves to build bridges between the Diocese and the rest of the Church but we also need to build bridges, to improve communication and community, within our Diocese.”
Mr. Hawkins will be consecrated as Bishop at a service on Friday evening, March 6th, 2009.