Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh gets new bishop
PITTSBURGH—The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has a new bishop.
The Rev. Dorsey McConnell was elected bishop on the sixth ballot Saturday afternoon at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Pittsburgh.
Fifty-eight-year-old McConnell, of Chestnut Hill, Mass., had a majority of clergy from the first ballot in the voting by clergy and lay people.
He ultimately had 47 laity and 31 clergy votes to 35 laity and 10 clergy for the Rev. Stanley Runnels of Kansas City, Mo.
McConnell assumes the post following the 2008 split in which many members of the clergy and laity left the church to form the more conservative Anglican Church in North America.
The split stemmed from opposition to the 2003 consecration of an openly gay pastor as bishop of New Hampshire and other issues.