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Francis R. Lyons (born 1954) is an American-born Anglican bishop who has been a missionary in South America. From 2001 to 2012, he was bishop of Bolivia. In 2012, he was appointed assistant bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Early life, education, and career
Lyons attended Wheaton College for both bachelor and master degrees. It was there that he met his future wife, Shawnee. He attended seminary at Nashotah House, and after graduation unsuccessfully sought ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Why Lyons' pursuit of ordination there was refused is a matter of controversy. Lyons was ordained in 1980 in the Episcopal Church's extraprovincial jurisdiction in Ecuador, where he and his wife served as missionaries. They later served at churches in California, and then from 1993 to 2001 in Honduras. The Lyonses were supported by the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders.
In 2001, Lyons was elected bishop of the Diocese of Bolivia, one of seven dioceses in the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America. The diocese was very small; at the time of his election, it included only four parishes. By 2012, that number had grown to eight.
Lyons became known in the United States for providing oversight to theologically conservative Episcopal parishes who wished to break away from the Episcopal Church after its consecration of Gene Robinson as a bishop in 2003. By 2007, he oversaw as many as 40 parishes and was an active participant in the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone's role in the Anglican realignment. These U.S. parishes were known as the "Northern Deanery" of the Diocese of Bolivia.
In August 2012, Lyons accepted an appointment as assistant bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. He is intended to support Robert Duncan in his dual roles as diocesan bishop of Pittsburgh and archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America. Lyons will have a special assignment to oversee parishes outside of the Pittsburgh region.
- Working, Russell (September 18, 2006). "Bishop Frank Lyons: Denominational dissident". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "[I]f a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work." 1 Tim. 3:1, KJV
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- Leblanc, Douglas (March 29, 2012). "Bishop Lyons Helps Pittsburgh". The Living Church. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Bishop of Bolivia Called as Assistant Bishop for Diocese of Pittsburgh". Retrieved 11 September 2012.