Armed Forces and Federal Ministries

The Rt. Rev. Carl Walter Wright

VII Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Wright was elected Bishop Suffragan at the Fall 2016 House of Bishops Meeting in Detroit Michigan and will be consecrated Bishop at the Washington National Cathedral on February 11, 2017, by The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. Wright has been active in the Episcopal Church both as a civilian priest and an Air Force Chaplain. 

Wright enlisted in the US Air Force in 1978. Following his initial enlistment, Wright was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the Maryland Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve.  In 1993 Wright was commissioned as a Chaplain, US Air Force until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2011. 

Bishop Wright’s Biography

Bishop’s Council of Advice and Chaplain Selection Committee

From Bishop Wright

  • Afghanistan Exodus
    (St. Louis, King of France, Third Order Franciscan) Re: Afghanistan Exodus My Dear Chaplain Colleagues: At this writing, we are all upset and confused about the evacuation of our troops and fellow citizens from Afghanistan. The reports of Afghan sisters […]
  • Homily for Diocesan Convention of the Diocese of Rio Grande
    By: The Right Revd. Carl Walter Wright -The diocese of the Rio Grande is meeting again in the convention! The thought occurred to me that one thing we Americans love to do – especially the Episcopalians- is to CONVENE! We […]
  • Veterans Day Greeting 2020
    By: The Right Revered Carl Walter Wright This year I bring Veterans Day Greetings to our students; to the Cathedral Community;  to the dioceses of our church, and  – especially in this pandemic year –  to our first responders;  and […]
  • Cedric Earl Mills: A Prince of the Church
    By: The Right Revd. Carl Walter Wright Old School Meets New School  I remember well the day I “met” Cedric Earl Mills (1903-1992): it was as if two different worlds had come together.  I had driven down to his pleasant […]
  • Letter from Bishop Wright – June 4, 2020
    Statement from Bishop Wright Dear Episcopal Chaplains: I write to you all today in a time of terrible national strife and anger.  My purpose is to supplement the message clearly expressed by our Presiding Bishop in the aftermath of terrible […]

The Armed Forces Bishops: Reflections on Previous Bishops for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries

by the Rt. Rev. Carl W. Wright

Ours is a uniquely demanding Episcopate whose diocese is global. The people I’m about to describe sacrificed much for God and country. In their role as Bishop they were quite clearly missionaries.

Arnold M. Lewis (1964 – 1971)

Clarence E. Hobgood (1971 – 1978)

Charles Lee Burgreen (1978 – 1989)

Charles Lovett Keyser (1990 – 2000)

George Elden Packard (2000 – 2010)

James Beatty Magness (2010 – 2017)

The Rt. Rev. Carl Walter Wright

Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries