Saskatoon, Canada, Sep 12, 2017 / 15:35 pm
Bishop Mark Hagemoen of Mackenzie-Fort Smith was on Tuesday named as Bishop of Saskatoon, which covers a large portion of south-central Saskatchewan, one of Canada's prairie provinces.
"Of course, I respond with obedience and enthusiasm to this new appointment, and I look forward to serving the People of God of the Diocese of Saskatoon as their new bishop. They have waited a year for this appointment, and I will strive to serve them to the best of my ability, with great help from Almighty God," Bishop Hagemoen wrote in a Sept. 12 letter to the people of the Mackenzie-Fort Smith diocese.
He added that he regrets having to leave the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, and that "the news comes at a time when we are in the midst of many developments and projects," which will continue.
Bishop Hagemoen was born in Vancouver in 1961, and obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia in 1983. After completing his undergraduate, he travelled for a year throughout southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, before entering seminary.