Convocation of the West

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Convocation of West
Location
Ecclesiastical province Anglican Church in North America
Statistics
Parishes 10
Information
Rite Anglican
Current leadership
Bishop The Rt. Rev. William H. Ilgenfritz
Vicar General The Rt. Rev. Winfield Mott
Website
Convocation of the West Official Website

The Convocation of the West, formerly the Diocese of the West, is a convocation member of the Missionary Diocese of All Saints, as a former Reformed Episcopal Church diocese, also a part of the Anglican Church in North America. It has 10 congregations in six states: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.[1] On April 6, 2016, the diocese transitioned to a convocation within the Missionary Diocese of All Saints.[2]

History[edit]

The Diocese of the West was founded in 1998[3] as part of the Anglican Province of America (APA), a Continuing Anglican church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. In 2008, its bishop, Richard Boyce, arranged for the diocese to affiliate with the Reformed Episcopal Church. To that point, the APA and REC had been in full communion, but Boyce sought for the Diocese of the West to have full participation in the Common Cause Partnership that led to the creation of the Anglican Church in North America in 2009.[4] The Diocese of the West was the only diocese of the Continuing Anglican Movement to join the ACNA.[5]

In 2011, Winfield Mott, the co-adjutor bishop of the West, became diocesan bishop upon Boyce's retirement.[6] Anticipating Mott's retirement in 2016,[7] and without the support of REC bishops to elect a diocesian bishop necessary for the diocese to continue, the standing committee of the Diocese of the West voted unanimously to transition from an REC diocese into a convocation within the Missionary Diocese of All Saints.[8] The last synod of the Diocese of the West was held on April 5–6, 2016, and the organizing synod of the Convocation of the West was on April 6–7, 2016, and overlapping the concluding synod of the Diocese of the West. At the organizing synod, Winfield Mott was elected the Vicar General. He expressed his wish that the Convocation of the West would become a diocese again, with the help of the Missionary Diocese of All Saints.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Convocation of the West - Church Locator". Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "For Immediate Release: Anglican Convocation of the West". Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "History". Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Virtue, David (9 September 2008). "Anglican Province of America's Diocese of the West Joins Reformed Episcopal Church". Virtue Online. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "For Immediate Release: Anglican Convocation of the West". Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Our Leadership". Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Convocation Status". Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Convocation Status". Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "For Immediate Release: Anglican Convocation of the West". Retrieved 10 April 2016. 

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