Florida consecration

A Letter from the Presiding Bishop to the Rt. Rev. Stephen H. Jecko
October 14, 2003

The Rt. Rev. Stephen H. JeckoBishop of Florida325 Market StreetJacksonville, FL 32202-2796 Dear Steve: As I said in my October 9 letter to the clergy, "the Presiding Bishop's ministry extends to the whole church and transcends divergent points of view." Echoing the words of Archbishop Helder Camara, I said that I belong to all and intended to come to the Diocese of Florida with an open heart and as your brother in Christ. I am saddened by the interpretation you have placed on my desire to meet with the clergy and preside at the ordination and consecration of the bishop-coadjutor. It is out of my consideration and concern for him and his family that I have asked the Rt. Rev. Charles Jenkins, President of the Province IV House of Bishops, to serve as chief consecrator in my stead. The Diocese of Florida and its bishop-coadjutor will be much in my prayers in the days ahead. It is my hope that I might visit the Diocese of Florida at some future time when there is less rancor. Yours sincerely in Christ, Frank T. GriswoldPresiding Bishop and Primate