Diocese of Spokane notified of successful canonical consent process

Diocese of Spokane notified of successful canonical consent process

Bishop-Elect Gretchen M. Rehberg ordination and consecration on March 18

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Diocese of Spokane that Bishop-Elect Gretchen M. Rehberg has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process.

The Rev. Canon Gretchen M. Rehberg was elected Bishop on October 15. Her ordination and consecration service is slated for March 18; Presiding Bishop Curry will officiate.

In Canon III.11.4 (b), Standing Committees, in consenting to the ordination and consecration, attest they are "fully sensible of how important it is that the Sacred Order and Office of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony on this solemn occasion without partiality, do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify that we know of no impediment on account of which the Reverend A.B. ought not to be ordained to that Holy Office. We do, moreover, jointly and severally declare that we believe the Reverend A.B. to have been duly and lawfully elected and to be of such sufficiency in learning, of such soundness in the Faith, and of such godly character as to be able to exercise the Office of a Bishop to the honor of God and the edifying of the Church, and to be a wholesome example to the flock of Christ."