Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dio of New Hampshire Elects Hirschfeld as New Bishop


"Integrity USA celebrates today with the people of the Diocese of New Hampshire on their election of the Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld to serve as their tenth bishop," said Integrity's Vice President of National Affairs, The Rev. Jon M. Richardson.

Integrity President  The Rev. Dr. Caroline Hall added: "We are confident that the people of New Hampshire have listened to the voice of the Holy Spirit and have elected the person best able to lead them in fulfilling God's mission in the coming years.

The Rev. Jon M. Richardson continued, " "The Diocese of New Hampshire - as well as the wider church - have been richly blessed by the ministry of Bishop Gene Robinson.  Bishop-elect Hirschfeld will have big shoes to fill as he moves into his new call.  The bishop-elect was chosen from an outstanding field of three candidates, and it is a credit to the people  of New Hampshire, as well as a testament to the progress of the Episcopal Church as a whole, that the three candidates' sexual orientations served as little more than an historical footnote through this process.

"Bishop-elect Hirschfeld was chosen on the basis of his strong credentials as a pastor, priest, and teacher and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the context of prayerful discernment on the part of the Diocese of New Hampshire.  The bishop-elect has a strong record of support for marriage equality and is a trusted friend of the  LGBT movement, and we are eager to work with him in the years ahead as we continue to move the church from "Resolution to reality: making all mean ALL!"

For more information contact:
Louise Brooks
Director of Communications
Integrity USA

NOTE: Integrity regrets the misspelling of Bishop-elect Hirschfeld's name in the initial release.

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