Frank T. Griswold - Biography

February 2, 2018

Frank Tracy Griswold served as the 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church from 1998-2006.   Before becoming Presiding Bishop, Bishop Griswold was Bishop of Chicago (1987-1997) and Bishop Coadjutor of Chicago (1985-1987). He was ordained to the priesthood in 1963 and served three parishes in the Diocese of Pennsylvania before being elected bishop.

He was educated at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. and earned an A.B. in English literature at Harvard College (1959). He attended the General Theological Seminary and earned his B.A. and M.A. in theology at Oriel College, Oxford University (1962, 1966). He has received honorary degrees from the General Theological Seminary, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Nashotah House, Sewanee, Berkeley Divinity School, Virginia Theological Seminary, Episcopal Divinity School, Seminary of the Southwest and Rikkyo University in Tokyo.

Bishop Griswold served as co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission and on national and international liturgical and ecumenical/interfaith commissions and institutes.

Bishop Griswold continues a ministry of teaching, preaching, writing, lecturing

and leading retreats, nationally and internationally, drawing on a broad range of spiritual traditions. He has served as a visiting professor in seminaries and universities in South Korea, Cuba and Japan, as well as at the Episcopal Divinity School and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Virginia Theological Seminary and Seabury-Western. He also serves as Episcopal Visitor to the Society of St. John the Evangelist. 

His books include Going Home (Cowley Publications Cloister Book) Praying our Days: A guide and companion (Church Publishing Group) and Tracking Down the Holy Ghost (Church Publishing Group).  He describes himself as an inveterate seeker who is both spiritual and religious.

Bishop Griswold and his wife, Phoebe Wetzel Griswold, live in Philadelphia.

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