Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes
The Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes is a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America, since June 2010. It has 49 congregations, in the American states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It was previously the Anglican District of the Great Lakes of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, since August 2008, which was a founding diocese of the Anglican Church in North America in June 2009.
Diocese of Great Lakes
|Ecclesiastical province||Anglican Church in North America|
|Bishop||Grant LeMarquand (interim)|
The history of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes starts in April 2003, when five parishes from northern Ohio left the Episcopal Church, because of their departure from orthodox Anglicanism, to align themselves with the Diocese of Bolivia, from the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America. New parishes joined them and it became clear that the huge distance didn't favour the integration in the South American diocese. The Great Lakes parishes joined the Convocation of Anglicans in North America in 2007, a missionary outreach of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. In December 2007, Roger Ames, the rector of St. Luke's Anglican Church in Akron, Ohio, received his ordination and consecration as suffragan bishop of the CANA. The churches, now in number of 13 congregations, become the Anglican District of the Great Lakes of the CANA, in August 2008, with Roger Ames as their first bishop. The district was a founding member, as part of the CANA, of the Anglican Church in North America, in June 2009.
In an extraordinary Constitutional Convention, held in April 2010, the district became the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes. On June 9 of the same year, the Provincial Assembly of the ACNA unanimously recognized the new diocese. Roger Ames was elected at the Constitutional Convention their first bishop, being formally installed at the diocese annual convention in Akron, on April 30, 2011.
The extraordinary Synod, held on 3 October 2015, nominated three candidates to the election of the new bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes. The College of the Bishops of the ACNA, reunited in Vero Beach, Florida, on 6 January 2016, elected Ronald Jackson, who was consecrated at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Akron, Ohio, on 28 April 2016.
Jackson went on an administrative leave on November 2019, because of an upcoming canonical process, and he resigned for health reasons on January 2020. He was replaced temporarily by John Miller, who also had to step down for the same reasons. On 25 March 2020, it was announced that Grant LeMarquand, professor of the Trinity School for Ministry would take office as interim bishop until the election and enthronement of the new bishop, expected to take place, respectively, at the Fall of 2020 and at early 2021.
- Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes parishes, ACNA website
- Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes History
- "Council Recognizes Two New Dioceses". Anglican Church in North America. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- Ronald Jackson named Bishop of the Diocese of the Great Lakes, Anglican Ink, 6 January 2016
- Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes consecrates its second bishop in Akron ceremony, Virtue Online, 28 April 2016
- Board of Inquiry Finds Cause, ACNA Official Website
- Grant LeMarquand Appointed Interim Bishop of the Diocese of the Great Lakes, Virtue Online, 25 March 2020