The Very Reverend William H. Love Consecrated
Bishop Coadjutor of Albany
On September 16th, Albany’s Empire State Plaza Convention Center was the site of another diocesan milestone as The Very Reverend William Howard Love was consecrated bishop coadjutor of Albany. Consecrator for the almost three hour event was The Most Reverend Frank W. Griswold, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church U.S.A. Joining him as Co-Consecrators and Con-Celebrants were The Rt. Rev. Daniel W. Herzog, Bishop of Albany, The Rt. Rev. David J. Bena, Bishop Suffragan of Albany, The Rt. Rev. David Ball, Bishop of Albany, Retired, The Rt. Rev. Harold Miller, Bishop of Down and Drumore (Ireland).
The event opened with a Malawi welcoming song performed by sisters from the Community of St. Mary. The rousing, spirited song made for a perfect opening, especially with a more-than-willing audience that joined in with joyous hand-clapping to every beat. The long procession, comprised of bishops, priests, deacons, as well as youth and adult laity, immediately followed.
Bishop Love’s teenaged children, Christopher and Catherine, were impressive lectors in the consecration service, each demonstrating a maturity and poise well beyond their years. The readings were taken from Isaiah 42:1-9 and Hebrews 5:1-10. Several supporters and friends of Bishop Love noted one particular phrase from Isaiah to best describe Albany’s newest bishop coadjutor, “he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.”
The sermon was given by The Rev. Michael T. Flynn, Director, Fresh Wind Ministries Camarillo, California, who called on everyone to “choose to live in the fruit of the Tree of Life, rather than in the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.” He cited five points to illustrate the differences and called both ‘liberal’ Christians and ‘conservative’ Christians to examine their own lives. He remarked several times that ‘being ‘right’ was not the way to live in the Tree of Life, but by living the ‘red-print’ and following Jesus’ teachings are to turn the other cheek, pray for your enemies, and love one another as Jesus loved the church.
The now Bishop Love celebrated the Eucharist for his very first time as bishop. Communion stations were strategically placed throughout the Convention Center to easily handle the estimated 1,200 present. Closing the ceremony, bagpiper Corinne Du Bois led the recession of participating bishops, other clergy and laity from the Convention Center to the Cathedral of All Saints for a celebration reception.
Other participating Episcopal bishops this day were The Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. Adams, III, Bishop of Central New York, The Rt. Rev. Peter H. Beckwith, Bishop of Springfield (Illinois), The Rt. Rev. Robert W. Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh, The Rt. Rev. Henry Scriven, Assistant Bishop of Pittsburgh, The Rt. Rev. Gordon P. Scruton, Bishop of Western Massachusetts, and The Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk, Bishop of New York. Also in attendance was The Rt. Rev. Howard Hubbard, Roman Catholic Bishop of Albany.
Earlier this year, on March 25th, a special Convention to elect a bishop coadjutor was held at the Cathedral of All Saints, Albany. Eleven nominees were considered for this important post, but by the third ballot, the then Very Rev. Canon William Love was elected in a vote by Orders (a majority of both lay and cleric deputies). Three months later, his election received the consent of the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio.
Immediately upon retirement of the current diocesan, Daniel W. Herzog, Bishop
Love will become the 9th Bishop of Albany. According to church canon law, this must happen no later than three years from the date of the consecration, or September 16, 2009.
Bishop Love is a Texas native, married to Colonel Karen Love, of the New York Air National Guard. Together they have two teenage children, Chris and Catie. He received his Masters of Divinity Degree from Nashotah House in 1991, an M.S. in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1988, and a B.A. in Journalism from Southwest Texas State in 1980. Ordained deacon in 1991, he served on the staff of the Cathedral of All Saints, Albany. Ordained priest in 1992, he became Rector of St. Mary’s Church, Lake Luzerne, serving there 14 years until his consecration.
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