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Carl Wright elected bishop for federal ministries

Carl Wright elected bishop for federal ministries

From ENS

The Rev. Carl Wright was elected Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries on the second ballot.

The election was held on September 20 during the fall meeting of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church.

Wright is from St. Andrew’s Church, Pasadena, MD, Diocese of Maryland. In his military career, he has served as Deputy Command Chaplain for the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) at Barksdale AFB, LA. Commissioned an Air Force Chaplain in August 1993, Lieutenant Colonel Wright is an Associate Member of the Anglican religious Order of the Holy Cross (OHC).

With an office based in Washington DC, the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries is a member of the staff of Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry.

Pending confirmation by a majority of the House of Bishops and by a majority of the diocesan standing committees in the church, Wright will be ordained and consecrated on February 11, 2017 with Presiding Bishop Curry presiding.


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Paul Woodrum

Ordination and consecration is redundant.

Ordination and consecration is redundant.

David Allen

Ordination means to confer holy orders upon someone. Consecration means to set something/someone apart for a holy purpose. He is being oradained a bishop for the Church of God. He is being set apart for the specific holy purpose of serving as the bishop to the armed forces and federal ministries.

David Allen

Then you don’t expect that they will first, ordain him a bishop of the Church of God and then second, consecrate/set him apart for the holy service of the Bishop Suffragan of the armed forces and federal ministries.

Marshall Scott

David, yes; but also, there has been a formal change of language. The Prayer Book of 1928 described it as the “Making of Deacons;” the “Ordination of Priests;” and the “Consecration of Bishops.” With the current Prayer Book all events were described as ordinations.

Still, sometimes the language gets combined as it did in the ENS article; and in that instance it is redundant.

The Rev'd Canon Ted Holt

Cf: BCP p.512 — “The Ordination of a Bishop”

Jay Croft

Ordained? Isn’t he a priest already?

David Allen

The primary ordination is as a bishop. The other two possible ordinations; deacon & priest, flow from the bishop’s authority

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