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ACC College of Bishops Meets in Connecticut; consecrates John Benedict McDonald as bishop for Philippines

Oct 24, 2016


The consecration of John Benedict McDonald took place on October 20th, 2016.

The ACC College of Bishops met outside of New Haven, Connecticut last week to conduct their annual meetings and consecrate a new bishop.

On October 20th at 8:30 in the morning, the Reverend John Benedict McDonald, was consecrated bishop for the Missionary District of the Philippines. Bishop McDonald's consecration followed the resignation of the Right Reverend Rene Canillo, who formerly held that see. 

Archbishop Mark Haverland served as principal consecrator.  He was joined by Bishops Donald Lerow, Terry Lowe, Rocco Florenza, Stephen Scarlett, and Rommie Starks. 

After a brief stay in the United States, Bishop McDonald will return to the Philippines, where he will continue working towards the merger of ACC and APA efforts in the archipelago.  Though the ACC is strongest on the island of Luzon, Bishop McDonald reports that churches are now being planted in other areas.

In other news, the College elected bishops to the South African dioceses of the Northeast and Nehemiah Tile, and addressed the upcoming retirement of the Bishop Denis Hodge as Episcopal Visitor to the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand. 

For more on this story and others like it, see the current issue of The Trinitarian.

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