Bishop who led historic split from Episcopalians to retire

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Posted: Nov 09, 2015 6:24 PM

SEWICKLEY, Pa. (AP) — The head of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh is retiring after a 20-year tenure that included his leading conservative Episcopal congregations from around North America to split from the church.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1XZx3kO) Bishop Robert Duncan made the announcement Saturday. The 67-year-old Duncan says he feels the work he was called to do is complete. His retirement is effective on June 30.

Duncan previously led conservative churches to break from the more liberal Episcopal Church and its Canadian equivalent.

Duncan says the church now faces difficulties of bolstering it for discipleship and evangelization "in a hostile and needy" world.

A committee will oversee the transition and search for a new bishop. A vote on the nominees is expected in April.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com