Dear Friends in Christ:
Grace and peace to you, as you gather to celebrate this important milestone in your journey together: fifty years of witness to Jesus Christ, crucified and risen; fifty years of compassionate outreach in His Name; fifty years of fellowship, spiritual friendship, and pastoral care; fifty years of transformational presence in in your community; fifty years of engagement in the life of the larger Church, as part of a diocese, and a global communion; fifty years of welcoming and healing and sharing the Good News of God in Christ; fifty years as a sign of Christ’s reconciliation in this world; fifty years of prayer, study, and worship.
That is one significant, full, and busy half century. I congratulate you and thank you, and thank God for you on this occasion. And I pray that the next fifty years will be richly blessed, and even more glorious than the past in which you now rejoice. It is a very great joy to be your bishop.