News broke last night that Bishop-elect Lawrence had received the number of consents from bishop and Standing Committees of the Episcopal Church needed to be consecrated as bishop. Episcopal News has the formal announcement this morning from the Presiding Bishop.
"Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori announced October 29 that the Very Rev. Mark Lawrence had received the consents needed for him to become the next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. The consecration will be held January 26, 2008 at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston, South Carolina.
Jefferts Schori has been invited to visit the diocese February 25-26, 2008. 'This will give us an opportunity to state with clarity and charity the theological position of this diocese in a manner similar to when we met with [the] Most. Rev. Frank T. Griswold shortly after his installation as presiding bishop,' the diocese says in a statement on its website.
Lawrence was re-elected as South Carolina's bishop on August 4 at a special electing convention held at St. James' Church on St. James Island, South Carolina. Lawrence was the only candidate in the election."
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