New bishops in Pittsburgh and Canterbury

Justin Welby will become The Archbishop of Canterbury and symbolic head of 85 million members of the Anglican Communion, including The Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The announcement was made today in London, England. Rev. Welby, 56, will be enthroned in March 2013.

Meanwhile, if you were unable to attend the consecration of the Rev. Dorsey W.M. McConnell as the eighth Bishop of Pittsburgh, you may view the ceremony online.

Bishop McConnell is scheduled to visit St. Stephen’s early next year.

Finally, our outgoing provisional bishop, Right Rev. Kenneth Price, and his wife, Mariann, have returned to their home outside of Columbus, Ohio, after serving the Diocese of Pittsburgh for three years.

“Your warmth, your friendliness and your general acceptance of us was overwhelming,” Rev. Price says. “Although it was hard to say goodbye, this was tempered by the knowledge that you are now blessed to be in the hands of a gifted permanent bishop whom I came to have great respect for in our two months of working together.”

You can read the rest of his farewell message to Pittsburghers here.