The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has voted to name the Rev. Dorsey McConnell (GTS Class of 1983) as its next Bishop. "St. Paul says we are called to be ambassadors of reconciliation. If we are going to offer that to the world, we certainly have to do it among ourselves," said Bishop-elect McConnell. "We can be an exciting witness. There is no better place to build bridges than Pittsburgh."
The election of the 8th permanent Bishop Diocesan was a momentous occasion in the 147-year life of the diocese, which has been rebuilding its mission an ministry following a split in 2008.
Bishop-Elect McConnell is currently rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He was chosen from a slate of five nominees voted on by the clergy and lay deputies participating in a Special Convention of the diocese convened solely to elect a new bishop.
The Right Rev. Kenneth L. Price, Jr., who has been serving as Bishop of Pittsburgh on an interim basis since 2009, praised the choice, saying "I came to know Dorsey during the search process and was immediately impressed. The diocese will be in good hands with him as bishop." The election took place at Pittsburgh's Trinity Cathedral during a Eucharist celebrated by Bishop Price and involving 126 voting deputies and dozens of others representing a growing number of diocesan congregations.
In his sermon, the chaplain for the election, the Rev. Don Youse, spoke to the theme, "You will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God, and in keeping the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace, the world will know."
Bishop-elect McConnell said he was proud to be included among "Gifted colleagues" and noted a positive spirit by all involved in the search process and the election. "It was prayerful," he said. "I sensed everybody was humbly trying to get this right before God."