Audrey Cady Scanlan ordained as bishop of Central Pennsylvania

September 14, 2015



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From left, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Central Pennsylvania Bishop Audrey Cady Scanlan, and Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, following Scanlan’s ordination service Sept. 12. Photo: Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Audrey Cady Scanlan was ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on Sept. 12 during a service at The Forum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was the chief consecrator and Bishop Ian Douglas of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut delivered the sermon.

Scanlan was elected on March 14 on the second ballot out of a field of three nominees. She comes to Pennsylvania from Connecticut where she served on the diocesan staff as the canon for mission collaboration and congregational life.

Scanlan succeeds Bishop Nathan Baxter, who retired in May 2014 after serving the Central Pennsylvania diocese for eight years. The Rt. Rev. Robert Gepert has since served as provisional bishop.

Scanlan was born in New York, but has lived in Connecticut for the past 50 years. She has served that diocese in many ways, building leadership, addressing conflict, walking with parishes in all seasons of congregational life, as well as building networks and communities across a diocese of 168 parishes. She and her husband of 30 years, Glenn, have three children: Emma, 27, William ,25, and Harriet, 22.

The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania is composed of 12,827 members worshiping in 65 congregations throughout central Pennsylvania.

A video of the service is available here.