RHODE ISLAND: A 'spirited' wedding for Bishop Wolf

April 23, 2007

Before a crowd of nearly 400 well-wishers at the Cathedral of St. John in Providence, Rhode Island, Bishop Geralyn Wolf and Thomas Charles Bair Jr. were joined in marriage April 21.

In a cream-colored wedding dress featuring beaded cuffs and with a simple garland of flowers in her hair, Wolf walked the aisle with her cousin's 5-year-old son Mason Sklar and five young daughters of clergy and laity of the diocese.

The celebrant was former Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, who baptized and confirmed Wolf as an Episcopalian and preached at her ordinations to deacon, priest and bishop. He was joined by bishops David Joslin, formerly of Central New York, now assisting in Rhode Island, and Arthur Williams, the retired bishop suffragan of Ohio.

"I think it was the most spirited wedding I ever attended," Griswold told the Providence Journal.

Wolf, bishop since 1996, told the Journal that she assumed she would remain single after her consecration as bishop. She met Bair while making a pastoral visit to St. John the Evangelist Church in Newport last summer.

Bair, a parishioner at St. Andrew's, New Paltz, New York, was helping the parish with a stewardship campaign. He said he found the bishop interesting and invited her to lunch.

Family members said Wolf caught the bridal bouquet at her sister's wedding two years ago in California.

"She is a most unusual, fantastic lady who achieved all the things that she dreamed about," her mother told the Providence Journal. "Yes, she dreamed about getting married."

After the ceremony, the couple joined family and some of the guests at a reception at the Providence Art Club. Bair said the couple were going on an 11-day honeymoon in the Caribbean. He is moving his financial consulting business to Rhode Island.