On a five-day retreat at a Jesuit Centre this past winter National Bishop Raymond Schultz was contemplating whether to announce his intention to retire. For five days, he said, he listened for God's voice, and what he heard God say was: "This is a management issue, can't you take care of it yourself?" So he didn't say anything to the church and simply let things unfold as they would.
On the third ballot, with 401 votes cast, and 202 needed to elect, Bishop Shultz was re-elected with 214 votes. The report was greeted with applause and a standing ovation.
Bishop Schultz told the assembly that it has been an honour to serve these past four years in a position that he never sought, and that hasn't always been easy. He remains hopeful and encouraged about the church of the future, even through struggles, in which people gifted with creativity and enthusiasm serve. He remarked on how blessed we are to have the participation and exposure of those gifts.
Bishop Schultz accepted the election and stated that he would continue in this office for a second term.