The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop, has named the Rev. Dr. J. Robert Wright as Historiographer Emeritus of The Episcopal Church. Wright recently retired from serving as General Seminary's St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery Professor of Ecclesiastical History. "As this new triennium begins, I want to take this moment to offer my abundant thanks to you for your faithful service as Church Historiographer for several years," Jefferts Schori wrote in a letter to Wright, bestowing the honor. "In your work, both in terms of your participation in relevant meetings and your own scholarly writing, you have represented this Church well."
Wright was first nominated by Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold and elected by General Convention to the office of Historiographer in 2000, as the tenth holder of the office. In addition to his historical research, Wright was chosen especially for his work in ecumenism, and he has contributed greatly to the Church's ecumenical relationships during his tenure. The office of Historiographer goes back to 1838. The current Historiographer is Dr. Robert Bruce Mullin, General Seminary’s Society for the Promotion of Religion and Learning Professor of History and World Mission and Professor of Modern Anglican Studies, who was elected by General Convention last summer to succeed Wright (see story).
Wright may be the first to be named as Historiographer Emeritus in the history of The Episcopal Church. "Although we do not have an official elected position of Historiographer Emeritus," Jefferts Schori wrote, "I am happy to consider you as such."