William Wright (Canadian bishop)

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William Lockridge Wright (September 4, 1904 - January 19, 1990) was a Canadian Anglican bishop in the 20th century.[1]

Personal Life and Education[edit]

Born into an ecclesiastical family [2] on 8 September 1904 in Roslin, Ontario. He was educated at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario and ordained in 1927.[3] He married Margaret Clare on July 30, 1936 in the former Chapel of Trinity College, Toronto. Wright and his wife had four children and five grandchildren.[4]

Early career[edit]

After a curacy at St George’s, Toronto he was then the Incumbent at St James’, Tweed from 1928-1932. His next appointment was as a curacy at Christ's Church Cathedral (Hamilton, Ontario). In 1936 he became rector at Church of St. George the Martyr, Toronto.[4] He became rector of St. Luke's Cathedral (Sault Ste. Marie) in 1940 and 1941 he became Dean of St Luke’s.[5]

Bishop and Metropolitan[edit]

On May 30, 1944 Wright was consecrated as Bishop of Algoma.[6] At the time of his election as Bishop he was the youngest to ever be elected to the House of Bishops.[4] In 1955 he also became Metropolitan of Ontario,[7] posts he held until 1974.

While holding the position of Bishop of Algoma Wright established the Archbishop Wright Extension Fund on January 16, 1957. This fund was designed to help purchase new sites for churches and rectories, and assistant in church extension projects across Algoma. The fund resulted in more than twenty churches and twenty rectories being built. The fund also provided capital funds for the building of Thorneloe University in Sudbury, Ontario. Wright went on to serve as the first Chancellor of Thoneloe University.[4]

In 1970, following the retirement of Archbishop Howard Clark Wright was temporarily made the Acting Primate of All Canada. He was also elected Chairman of the Anglican Council of North America and the Caribbean in 1970. Wright also served as co-chairman of the General Commission on Church Union in Canada.[4]

He died on 19 January 1990.[8]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DioceseofAlgoma (history)
  2. ^ His father was a cathedral canon and his grandfather a bishop> “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1947-48 Oxford, OUP,1947
  4. ^ a b c d e Algoma 100: 1873-1973 a documentary commemorating the centennial of the Diocese of Algoma. Sault Ste Marie, Ontario: Anglican Diocese of Algoma. 1973. pp. 86–87. 
  5. ^ "Archbishop William Lockridge Wright fonds". Engracia De Jesus Matias Archives and Special Collections. Algoma University. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ "True Copy of William Wright's Certificate of Consecration" (1944) [textual record]. Archbishop William Lockridge Wright fonds, Fonds: Archbishop William Lockridge Wright fonds, Box: 001, File: 013, ID: 2009-067-001-013. Sault Ste Marie, Ontario: Engracia De Jesus Matias Archives and Special Collections, Algoma University. 2009-067.
  7. ^ Anglican bishops of Canada
  8. ^ "Order of service for the burial of William Lockridge Wright" (1990 January 23) [textual record]. Archbishop William Lockridge Wright fonds, Fonds: Archbishop William Lockridge Wright fonds, Box: 001, File: 009, ID: 2016-043-001-009. Sault Ste Marie, Ontario: Engracia De Jesus Matias Archives and Special Collections, Algoma University. 2016-043.
Religious titles
Preceded by
George Frederick Kingston
Bishop of Algoma
1944 – 1974
Succeeded by
Frank Foley Nock
Preceded by
Robert John Renison
Metropolitan of Ontario
1955 – 1974
Succeeded by
James Augustus Watton