The official installation of Bishop Roger C. Ames as the first bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes signals the continuing development of the theologically conservative parish network created for Anglicans who broke away from the Episcopal Church.
"This sends a very clear message of our commitment to a life together as Anglicans," said Ames, 68. "Church planting and growth are at the heart of the new diocese. We expect to be 50 percent larger next year."
On Saturday, representatives from the global community of the Anglican Communion gathered at St. Luke's Anglican Church in Fairlawn for a formal service to celebrate Ames' induction. The local church was instrumental in launching the national movement to defy liberal bishops in the Episcopal Church.