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The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold

The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold was the 25th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church USA, headquartered in New York, NY. He is retired.

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The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold was the 25th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church USA, headquartered in New York, NY. He is retired.

Frank Griswold was elected to a nine-year term as Presiding Bishop at the 1997 General Convention and invested in January 1998. He served as Primate and chief pastor of the Episcopal Church, president of the House of Bishops, president and chair of Executive Council and president and chief executive officer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

Before becoming Presiding Bishop, Bishop Griswold was Bishop of Chicago (1987-1997) and Bishop Coadjutor (1985-1987). He was ordained in 1963 and served three parishes in the Diocese of Pennsylvania before being elected bishop.

Bishop Griswold has served as co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission and on diocesan, national and international committees for liturgy, worship and ecumenism. He was on the standing committee for the Lambeth Conference and was elected to the Primates Standing Committee in May, 2003.

Frank Griswold has presented at and led conferences and retreats nationally and internationally throughout his ministry, spanning a variety of topics including ecumenism, evangelism, spirituality and theology. His articles, essays and sermons have been published in periodicals and theological journals including Anglican Theological Review, Episcopal Life (monthly column), Cross Currents, Anglican Advance and many others. His daily meditations from the General Convention of 2000 produced a Cowley Publications Cloister Book entitled Going Home.

He was educated at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. and earned an A.B. in English literature at Harvard College (1959). He attended the General Theological Seminary and earned his B.A. and M.A. in theology at Oriel College, Oxford University (1962, 1966). He has received honorary degrees from the General Theological Seminary, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Nashotah House, Sewanee, Berkeley Divinity School, Virginia Theological Seminary and Episcopal Divinity School.

Since November 2006 Bishop Griswold has spent much of his time preaching, lecturing and giving retreats in various venues both in the United States and around the Communion, including the Anglican Church of Korea, Westminster Abbey, Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Magdalen College of Oxford University, and many others.

Bishop Griswold and his wife, Phoebe Wetzel Griswold, have two adult daughters.


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The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold

Sermon for Proper 19

Hebrews 12:1-7 (8-10) 11-14

September 16, 2001

The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold (TEC)

These two parables that Jesus sets before us--the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin--reveal God as a God who does not remain distant and remote but actively seeks us out and searches for us. And Jesus is the embodiment of God's yearning after us, God's desire to draw us to God's own self.

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The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold

Sermon for Proper 15

Hebrews 12:1-14; Luke 12:49-56

August 19, 2001

The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold (TEC)

"You hypocrites, you know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?"

These are harsh and difficult words from Jesus who is often portrayed as the epitome of gentleness and compassion. And so I'd like to begin by spending a few moments reflecting on Jesus' own sense of himself, Jesus' own sense of identity, vocation, and mission, as the way of understanding more deeply what I think Jesus is trying to convey in his very harsh and direct words.

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July 22, 2001

Sermon for Proper 11

The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold (TEC)