The Rev. Dahn Gandell and the Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe attended the ordination and consecration of the Rt. Rev. Mark Edington in Paris on April 7, 2019
April 6 was a glorious day in Paris to gather for the Consecration/Installation of the new bishop of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. The Rt. Rev. Mark Edington became the third bishop of the Convocation. Both prior bishops, The Rt. Rev. Jeffery Rowthorne and The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon, were in attendance and we celebrated Bishop Pierre's time as leader of the Convocation.
On Friday night, the American Cathedral was transformed into an international festival with each country in the Convocation providing a table of delicacies from its region of Europe. Vice President Bishop DeDe and I were warmly welcomed, and I had a number of members of the Convocation stress to me how important a relationship with the Province is to them. They wanted me to let all people in Province II know that they are welcome to visit the Convocation and they are encouraged to reach out when in Europe! It was a beautiful and amazing experience to hear the wealth of languages being spoken.
Every Sunday, Episcopal Worship happens in five different languages in the Convocation, and all five were used in the service of Consecration. The Presiding Bishop preached at a packed cathedral on Sunday morning and Bishop Mark preached in Munich after taking a train there Saturday evening following the consecration and reception. Bishop Mark is very committed to being part of Province II and is looking forward to working on the Province II event we hope to hold in the next triennium.
I was so honored to be able to attend this event--as folks know, nothing takes the place of in-person gatherings. I was inspired by meeting so many Episcopalians who traveled from all over Europe to be there and thrilled to have so many young people taking part. The day of the consecration was also my husband, David's, birthday, and Bishop Mark joked that he got the hat and David got a cake! I appreciated getting to see the GC deputies from the Convocation and look forward to visiting again in August.
Sending love and light to all!