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The Rev. Dr. James “Jay” Magness elected Bishop Suffragan for Federal Ministries

March 24, 2010

The Rev. Dr. James "Jay" Magness was elected Sixth Bishop Suffragan for Federal Ministries on the second ballot on March 24, pending successful completion of the consent process.

Magness serves as the Cannon for Mission and Diocesan Administration in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.

The election was held at the Episcopal Church House of Bishops, meeting in retreat at Camp Allen near Houston, TX. A simple majority of the votes cast by the bishops was necessary for the election. Magness received 64 votes; 54 were required.

Pending successful completion of the consent process, consecration will occur June 19 at National Cathedral in Washington, DC with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori presiding.

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, and but also oversight of federal hospitals, prisons, and correctional facilities, as well as the Eucharist communities related to military installations.


The other candidates were:

The Rev. Carl Andrews, Colonel, USAF, Lackland AFB, TX.

The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Certain, Founding President of Care For The Troops, Inc., Atlanta, GA

The Very Rev. Richard James "Rich" Martindale, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus, GA

The Rev. Babs Meairs, Field Coordinator, Office of the Bishop Suffragan for Federal Ministries (Chaplaincies).

The Rev. C. Christopher Thompson, rector, Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, VA

The Rev. John Weatherly, JFHQ-VA Chaplain, rector, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA.

The Rev. Carl W. Wright, LTC, USAF, Chaplain Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, LA

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