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The Rev. Dr. James “Jay” Magness to be consecrated Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for Federal Ministries

June 3, 2010

The Rev. Dr. James "Jay" Magness, the Sixth Bishop Suffragan for Federal Ministries of The Episcopal Church, will be consecrated on Saturday, June 19 at 10 am Eastern in Washington National Cathedral, in Washington DC.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will preside at the service. Preacher will be Bishop Edwin F. Gulick Jr. of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky.

Chaplains from throughout the Episcopal Church will be attending, along with other invited guests such as Bonnie Anderson, President of the Episcopal Church House of Deputies and bishops of the Church. Slated to join the celebration are international representatives of three Anglican bishops who hold similar positions and ministries in their provinces: the Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Brown, Bishop of Wellington in the Anglican Province of New Zealand; the Rt. Rev. Peter Coffin, Anglican Military Ordinate for the Anglican Church of Canada; and the Rt. Rev. Len Eacott, Anglican Bishop to the Defence Force from the Anglican Church of Australia.

The service will be live webcast through the website of Washington National Cathedral:

The position of Bishop Suffragan for Federal Ministries, formally known in the Constitution of The Episcopal Church as the Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces, includes not only the pastoral care and oversight for armed forces chaplains, military personnel and families, but also oversight of federal hospitals, prisons, and correctional facilities, as well as the Eucharist communities related to military installations.

Magness was elected as Bishop Suffragan on March 24. Previously, Magness served as the Canon for Mission and Diocesan Administration in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia and in parish and diocesan ministry. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2003 in the rank of Captain, serving as command chaplain of U.S. Joint Forces Command and fleet chaplain for the U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Prior to those assignments, from 1997 to 2000 he was on the Navy Chief of Chaplains" staff as personnel manager of the Navy Chaplain Corps.

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