Geralyn Wolf

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The Right Reverend
Geralyn Wolf
XII Bishop of Rhode Island
Province The Episcopal Church
Diocese Rhode Island
See St. John's Cathedral
Installed 1996
Term ended November 17, 2012
Predecessor George Nelson Hunt, III
Successor W. Nicholas Knisely Jr.
Other posts

Christ Church Cathedral

Louisville, Kentucky
Consecration February 17, 1996
Personal details
Born (1947-04-30) April 30, 1947 (age 70)
Brooklyn, New York
Spouse Thomas Charles Bair Jr.[1]
Profession Bishop

Geralyn Wolf (born April 30, 1947) is an American bishop who was the twelfth diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church. Wolf was consecrated as bishop on February 17, 1996.[2]

Wolf is a native of West Chester, Pennsylvania and was raised Jewish before becoming a Christian around 1971.[1] She graduated from West Chester University in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in education from Trenton State College which she received in 1971. At Episcopal Divinity School in 1977 she earned a Master of Divinity degree.

Wolf was ordained to the diaconate in 1977, and the priesthood in 1978, in the Diocese of Pennsylvania.[2]

Prior to her election she was, from 1986 to 1995, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in the Diocese of Kentucky,[2] the first woman dean of a cathedral.

Wolf serves on several national committees and is the liturgist for the House of Bishops. She is an associate of the Society of St. Margaret, a companion of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd, an ecumenical oblate of Mount Saviour Monastery in Elmira, New York, and has visited and worked with the Taizé community in France. She is the author of several published anthems and articles and creates whimsical figures that are made out of wood.

Wolf falls on the mainstream to progressive side of Episcopal Church politics and in 2003 supported the consecration of gay bishop Gene Robinson.[citation needed] But she defrocked the Episcopal Priest Ann Holmes Redding for Redding choosing to embrace the Islamic faith while remaining Christian.[3]

In 2007 Wolf married Thomas Charles Bair Jr.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Dujardin, Richard C. (April 22, 2007). "Bishop Wolf weds in "spirited ceremony"". Providence Journal. 
  2. ^ a b c "About the Bishop". Bishop's Office. the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. Retrieved July 3, 2010. 
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Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
George Nelson Hunt, III
12th Bishop of Rhode Island
17 February 1996 – November 2012
Succeeded by
W. Nicholas Knisely Jr.