The Rt. Rev. Gordon Paul Scruton (born March 8, 1947) was the Episcopal Bishop of Western Massachusetts.
Early life, education and career
Scruton was born in 1947 in Rochester, New Hampshire. According to his official biography he received a master's degree in English, magna cum laude, from Barrington College, then studied at the Boston University School of Theology, receiving a master's degree in theology in 1971. Scruton married Rebecca S. Polley in 1968. He was ordained a deacon in 1971, a priest in 1972, and served as an assistant rector at St. Mark's Church in Riverside, Rhode Island and at St. Paul's Church in Kingston, Rhode Island in the mid-1970s. Scruton was rector of Grace Church in Dalton, Massachusetts from 1977 to 1981, and St. Francis Church in Holden, Massachusetts thereafter.
Bishop of Western Massachusetts
Scruton was elected the eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts on June 29, 1996. He was consecrated bishop on October 12, 1996 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was consecrated by the following current or retired bishops: Alexander Stewart, Andrew Wissemann, M. Thomas Shaw, Barbara Clementine Harris, and Emmanuel Kolini (Bishop of the Diocese of Shaba in Zaire). Former Presiding Bishop Edmond Lee Browning was also a consecrator.
He has been very active in the House of Bishops since 2001. Scruton has been on the Court for the Trial of a Bishop. He has acted as a mediator in the dispute between the Bishop of Connecticut and some priests in that state in 2007. In 2009, he also served on a committee to assist the Diocese of Southern Virginia in their internal conflicts. He retired on December 1, 2012.
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- Mirabelli, Manon (October 7, 2012). "Worshipers offer heartfelt goodbye as Springfield Episcopal Bishop Gordon P. Scruton retires". masslive.com. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
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