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Jun 06, 2012

Diocese of Atlanta Elects Georgia's First Black Bishop

ATLANTA – The first African-American priest to be elected a bishop in the Episcopal Church in Georgia will become the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.


The Very Rev. Robert C. “Rob” Wright, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, and dean of the diocese’s Mid-Atlanta Convocation, was elected by delegates and clergy representing 96 parishes and approximately 52,000 members of the diocese, which covers north and middle Georgia.


Wright, 48, will succeed Bishop J. Neil Alexander, who will step aside in October to become a professor of liturgics and lead the Department of Anglican Studies at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.


Wright will be ordained bishop Oct. 13 at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

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