Kathryn McCrossen Ryan Consecrated as Bishop Suffragan

The Rev. Canon Kathryn McCrossen Ryan was consecrated bishop suffragan of
the western region of the Diocese of Texas on June 1, 2019

The Rev. Canon Kathryn McCrossen Ryan, former Canon to the Ordinary for The Diocese of Texas, was consecrated in Westover Hills Church of Christ in Austin on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Ryan was elected bishop suffragan at the 170th Diocesan Council at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott February 22, 2019.

She will have oversight of congregations in the western region of the diocese, with an office in Austin. A bishop suffragan is an assisting bishop and serves under the direction of the diocesan bishop, in this case, the Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas. In addition to her Episcopal visitations (and confirmations), Ryan will also serve as the Chair of the Austin-area institutions: The Seminary of the Southwest, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School and El Buen Samaritano.

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church was the chief consecrator, joined by Bishop Doyle, Bishop Suffragan Jeff W. Fisher, Bishop Assistant Hector Monterroso and other bishops across the country to ordain Ryan. Bishop Doyle was the preacher during the service.

“Kai, you are meant to sing to those who are far off and those who are near. To those who have found their way within God’s garden walls and those who do not yet know the gospel. All people need to be reminded of God’s song,” said Doyle during his sermon.

Ryan, a native of Raton, New Mexico, graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN and received her Master of Divinity from Seminary of the Southwest in 1992 where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Ryan served at All Saints, Austin, and in Mobile, AL, before moving to Dallas where she was called as rector of Ascension, Dallas in 1999. She is married to Timothy Ryan, an attorney, and they have two children, Ned and Eleanor.

Ryan’s breadth of experience in four dioceses, Provincial Synod and General Convention, her participation in the national Gathering of Leaders for young clergy and nearly 15 years in a culturally diverse parish as rector stand her in good stead for the ministry of bishop suffragan.

Ryan has a history of cross-cultural ministry with which she hopes to enhance the diversity within the clergy of the Diocese of Texas.

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