As a priest still “canonically resident” (even though ministering elsewhere in TECUSA) I am concerned and am prayerful for my place of ministry for 24 years. As things change and transition within the diocese I will be updating this post.
As of the Convention of 2013, and then Installed in 2014, The diocese of San Joaquin Diocesan Convention has authorized the installation of another “Bishop with Provisional Authority”, this being their third since 2008 (first, +Jerry Lamb; second, +Chet Talton). Then by resolution approved the Standing Committee’s choice of the Right Reverend David Rice. Bishop Rice is an American, former Methodist pastor, who went to New Zealand, converted to Anglicanism, and eventually was elected a bishop in that Province. He has been received into TECUSA from there.
As noted elsewhere, the Church is using a shortcut method of identifying the designation of this and other bishops to “Provisional Bishop.” It might be more helpful due to the lack of awareness of the manner and role of these positions to simply appoint (perhaps even by the same process) these bishops as Bishop-in-charge, or “interim bishop” and then provide the contractural language to describe the authority and the objectives.
That’s a fairly small technical point. The dioceses with bishops so identified have greater issues, such as ongoing litigation to reclaim properties and assets, than what to correctly call their bishop. Further, these particular dioceses, such as San Joaquin, have bishops who are working hard to help their flocks highly prioritize through vision and teaching the matters of evangelism and mission, so as not to be distracted almost completely by protracted litigation.
In any case, this will be interesting reading for those so inclined to follow the doings of the bishops in the American succession.
May God bless the diocese of San Joaquin as the find their path to being a gospel force for renewal in Christ and for the sake of the World.
Welcome to the home of the Apostolic Episcopate Succession Online Project, a labor of love and respect, a teaching and research tool, a visual reminder of connections. This is about bishops in The Episcopal Church in the USA.
This is a many-years project to have a fun and open and teachable method of showing the line of succession for the bishops of (officially) The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, which is now known as The Episcopal Church.
Please be aware of other Anglican bodies around the world that also use that name, along with the name of the country in which they reside, for instance, The Episcopal Church of Sudan.
If you have corrections, or perhaps a link to a photo or other biographical data for any bishop, simply leave a message.
The slightly updated original index page has now been posted as a “Page” (see left sidebar for “Start..”), and will eventually be added as a weblog post, and kept at the top of the column for easy reference.
Making use of information found here in this form should be referenced back to this weblog, https://apostolicsuccession.wordpress.com .
Several tools are being used to post information about each bishop, including “The Church Annual.” When I have found errors in The Church Annual I have notified them for successive publications. Other sources have included The Episcopal Church national archives, the Office of the Presiding Bishop, diocesan, parish, mission and family websites on the internet.
Existing pages currently include over 600 bishops in the “American Succession.”
- “Apostolic Episcopate” and its unbroken succession is the phrase used by many bishops in the 1800’s. It – rather than the typical shorter phrase, Apostolic Succession – more adequately expresses my own concern to allow for the difference that can exist between those elected to the office of Bishop, and those not bishops but still exhibiting the spiritual gift of apostleship within the Body of Christ. I am quite firmly convinced there are those bishops who do not have the gift and ministry of apostle, and there are apostles who have not been elected to be a bishop. This could be seen as a difference or perhaps distinction between “bishop-ing” and “apostel-ing”.
- A similar distinction is made between being Rector and being Pastor in a post at 2thousand50.wordpress.com
The Rev Robert G. Eaton is owner and editor.
Wm. H. Odenheimer, Bishop of New Jersey, was asked to preach at Arthur Cleveland Coxe’s consecration as “Assistant Bishop” of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, in 1865 (Coxe is officially listed in The Church Annual as having been consecrated as Coadjutor; that same year he became the Ordinary).
Here, in 1865, less than half-way to the current length of existence of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, and at an extremely troublesome and tragic time in the life of the USA, the ministry and order of Bishop is clearly articulated both in an understanding of the larger Body of Christ as well as the more provincial meaning.
It should be instructive – without attempting to redefine the terms and theology of Bishop Odenheimer – to our day, and our time.
Here is an excerpt including Bp Odenheimer’s “charge” to Bp Coxe:
“…your Mother the Church welcomes her faithful son to the highest Ministry, in joyful anticipation of the good work for Christ yet to be done. That work is the uncompromising preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom, in all the fulness of its original revelation. CHRIST CRUCIFIED is your theme–the same changeless Gospel, which Priest, and Deacon, and layman must proclaim, according to their several functions. Not to be called of men “Rabbi, Rabbi,” not for the paltry [17/18] trappings of office, do you look forward to the dignity now to be conferred, but as it is indeed, to a dignity giving authority to do harder work for Christ and His Church.
A brother in sacred song as well as in Pastoral efficiency, with Presbyters like Herbert, Keble, and Croswell; be still a brother in that heavenly gift as well as in Episcopal Authority, as you take your seat with Ambrose, Gregory Nazianzen, Ken and Doane. Win souls to Jesus by every power that God has given you, and through every avenue that He has opened to the hearts of man.
The bearer of an honored name, you will to-day consecrate anew to the Triune God the treasures of your intellect and heart, in all their varied richness, and pour them out afresh at the foot of the Cross. For the hill of Ecclesiastical eminence like Calvary of old, is crowned with THE CROSS; and they who, in God’s providence, ascend through the grades of the Christian Ministry to the highest point of Churchly authority, will find themselves lifted up, not for self exaltation but for self crucifixion. “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you”–these words embrace, within their mysterious scope, suffering and sacrifice, as well as authority and dignity. A Bishop’s true crozier is the Cross; his Mitre the crown of thorns: his Ring the stigmata of self sacrifice; and his message of peace and good will the end as well as the beginning of his Holy Ministry.”