September 15, 2016
To the Anglican Diocese in New England and our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Pittsburgh:
On Saturday, September 10, 2016, I had the privilege of attending and witnessing the consecration of The Rt. Rev. James Lafayette Hobby, the new Bishop of Pittsburgh. The structure and spirit of the service were both testimonies to the dioceses’ organization and love for God. I am so happy to send my love and congratulations to Bishop Hobby and to the people of Pittsburgh.
Transitions in authority for any institution often demonstrate the quality, culture, and solidarity of the entire organization. The organic nature of the Diocese of Pittsburgh was displayed in the spirituality of the people and the way they worked together through the process of transition in the Office of Bishop from The Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan to the new Bishop, The Rt. Rev Hobby.
The service took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh, and this building, provided for the service by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, was a testimony to the good reputation and witness they have had over these last years for those outside the Anglican Communion, who have stood by us in the fight for orthodoxy. Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox clergy were in attendance, as well as many other churches, in a show of ecumenical solidarity, to witness this momentous event.
There were over 200 Anglican clergy in the procession: archbishops, bishops, priests, and deacons, not only from the Diocese of Pittsburgh but also from as far away as the Arctic and the Southern Cone. The worship, music, and preaching all culminated in breathless moments of awe and wonder at what God has done and is doing in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and The Anglican Church in North America.
It was an honor for me to participate and represent The Anglican Diocese in New England at this historic event. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless The Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh and her new bishop, the Rt. Rev. James L. Hobby.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. William L. Murdoch
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese in New England