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Frederick James "Fred" Hiltz (born 3 December 1953[1]) is a Canadian Anglican bishop. Since 2007, he has been Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.[2]

Fred Hiltz
Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada
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Fred Hiltz presides over an ordination service at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, British Columbia
ChurchAnglican Church of Canada
In office2007 to present
PredecessorAndrew Hutchison
Other postsBishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (2002–2007)
Ordination3 June 1977 (deacon)
29 June 1979 (priest)
Personal details
Birth nameFrederick James Hiltz
Born1953 (age 65–66)
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
SpouseLynn Samways


Early life and educationEdit

Hiltz was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where he was also raised. He earned his bachelor of science degree at Dalhousie University in 1975 (major in biology) and obtained his master of divinity degree at the Atlantic School of Theology in 1978. He received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from the University of King's College, Halifax in 2002.[3]

Ordained ministryEdit

Hiltz was ordained a deacon on 3 June 1977, and a priest on 29 June 1979.[4] He served in a number of parishes within the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island: Christ Church, Sydney; Melford-Guysborough; Timberlea-Lakeside; The Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax; and St. John’s Church, Lunenburg.[4]

In 1994, Hiltz was elected suffragan bishop (an assistant bishop without an automatic right of succession) of the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. He was consecrated as a bishop the same year. He became diocesan bishop in 2002. Since 2007, he has served as Anglican co-chair of the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission.


Hiltz was elected primate on 22 June 2007, and installed as the 13th primate on 25 June.[5] The Guardian newspaper described him as a liberal-leaning bishop.[6] He is considered a moderate theological liberal and he opposes the death penalty.[7] He supports, and voted in favour of, the blessing of same-sex unions at the 2007 General Synod that elected him.

In recent years Hiltz has undertaken a televised joint Christmas message with the National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, carrying into greater fulfillment past declarations of Anglican–Lutheran solidarity. In October 2009, he was reportedly dismayed by Pope Benedict XVI's invitation to welcome groups of disaffected Anglicans into the Roman Catholic Church.[8]

Hiltz announced in January 2018 that he submitted his notice of intention to resign as primate as of the conclusion of the 42nd General Synod in July 2019.[9]

Residential SchoolsEdit

In 2017 Archbishop Hiltz issued a strongly-worded rebuke[10] entitled "There was nothing good: An open letter to Canadian Senator Lynn Beyak" who had stated that Canadians ignore the "abundance of good" that happened in residential schools.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Hiltz has described his hobbies as the care of animals (two Labrador retrievers and a cat), reading, gardening and woodworking.[3] He is married to his wife of 30 years, Lynne Samways Hiltz.[12] They have one son, Nathan (age 35 as of 2016), who is a jazz guitarist and music teacher in Toronto.[12]


  1. ^ "Archbishop Fred Hiltz to Retire as Primate". Anglican Diocese of New Westminster. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  2. ^ Primate bio Retrieved 7 July 2007
  3. ^ a b Hiltz bio Archived 9 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 7 July 2007
  4. ^ a b Nova Scotia Diocese page Bishop Hiltz bio Archived 27 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 7 July 2007
  5. ^ Fred Hiltz installed as 13th Primate Archived 5 September 2012 at Retrieved 7 July 2007
  6. ^ The world is watching the Anglican vote in Winnipeg Archived 29 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 7 July 2007
  7. ^ Human Life is a Gift of God Archived 14 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 30 November 2008
  8. ^ Anglican primate dismayed by Pope's offer
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  12. ^ a b Lynne Samways Hiltz now looking forward to life in Toronto Retrieved 7 July 2007
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Arthur Peters
Bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Succeeded by
Sue Moxley
Preceded by
Andrew Hutchison
Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada