It is with great joy that I write to let you know that Bishop Melissa Skelton has accepted our invitation and joins us as our new Episcopal Visitor!
Bishop Griswold notified us that he wished to retire as our Visitor during the Chicago conference. He wanted to be with us at the conference at St. Mary the Virigin this October, however he will not be able to be with us. So, he wrote to let me know he would retire now so that we could move forward in the appointment of a bishop to succeed him.
Bishop Griswold has served the Society faithfully during our first ten years and his witness, counsel, and leadership have been an inspiration to us all. His presence at our national conferences was always one of the highlights to which we looked forward, and his words on living out a sacramental priesthood and especially on the grace of reconciliation were true gems. Please take a moment to send Bishop Griswold a note of thanks for his presence in and witness on behalf of the Society.
This October as we mark the tenth anniversary of the Society in North America, we begin a new chapter in our lives together.
Building upon the great work Bishop Griswold began with us, Bishop Skelton brings to us not only a voice from our sisters and brothers in the Anglican Church of Canada, but a delightful and inspirational spirit and tremendous skills in congregational development.
Her keynote at the Church of the Atonement during the Chicago Conference last October connected the spirituality of Anglo-Catholic worship and piety to the practicality of congregational development.
If you have not yet met Bishop Skelton, please take a moment to learn more about her here.
As we move through this Easter season, may the witness, voice and leadership of Bishop Griswold and Bishop Skelton inspire us in each of our our ministries, and may our prayers for one another be a comfort and strength as we proclaim the Good News of our Risen Lord.
The Rev'd Tripp Norris