"Thank you, Algoma, for what has been a most joyful and productive era in our lives. We will miss you dearly. You have been wonderful friends and co-workers in Christ's mission," Bishop Ferris said in a letter to clergy and members of the diocese, which is based in Sault Ste. Marie.In his letter to the diocese, Bishop Ferns noted that he has led the diocese for 13 years. "Combined with the 14 years I spent as bishop of Yukon, I have now been continuously travelling for 27 years!" he wrote.