Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., was elected the Eleventh Bishop of Ohio on November 15, 2003, and consecrated on April 17, 2004 in Cleveland. Born April 9, 1954, the son of the late Mark Hollingsworth and Caroline Jeanes Hollingsworth, he and his four sisters were raised in Dover, Massachusetts. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976 from Trinity College, majoring in Religious Studies, and earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 1981. The Rt. Rev. William E.
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William A. Powel, III has served as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Ohio since January, 2015, with responsibility for governance and overall operations. He continues to serve as Chancellor, to which role Bishop Hollingsworth appointed him in 2011. He was on Vestry and Senior Warden (1998-2002) at St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights, OH.
More than 120 parishoners and others from the Diocese of Ohio traveled to Massachusetts to celebrate on September 13 when the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates was consecrated as the 16th Bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts. Boston University’s Agganis Arena was transformed into a sacred space for the service, which was both celebratory and solemn as the bishop-elect knelt for the prayer of consecration and the 28 participating bishops placed their hands on his head, passing on Episcopal authority. The Rt. Rev. M.
The Right Reverend Arthur B. Williams, Jr. was consecrated Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Ohio on October 11, 1986 at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio and retired from that position on December 31, 2002.
The Rt. Rev. William D. Persell served as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago from 1999-2008. He presently is an Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of Ohio, where he previously was Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland.