Presiding Bishop to Ordain Reverends Gosnell, Gilliam, and Rivera

Diocesan Press Service. September 1, 1968 [68-2]

NEW YORK, N. Y. -- The days between Sept. 11 and 18 will be busy ones for the Rt. Rev. John E. Hines, Presiding Bishop, for he will consecrate and ordain three men to the episcopacy during that period.

The first consecration will be that of the Rev. Harold C. Gosnell, Bishop Coadjutor-elect of the Diocese of West Texas. The service will be held in San Antonio's Convention Center, Sept. 11. Co-consecrators will be the Rt. Rev. Everett H. Jones, Bishop of West Texas, and the Rt. Rev. Nelson M. Burroughs, retired Bishop of Ohio.

On Sept. 16 St. Helena's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Helena, Mont., will be the site of the consecration of the Rev. Jackson Earle Gilliam as the Bishop of the Diocese of Montana. Co-consecrators will be the Rt. Rev. Chandler W. Sterling, resigned Bishop of Montana, and the Rt. Rev. George M. Murray, Bishop Coadjutor of Alabama.

The final consecration will be held in the Fresno Center, Fresno, Calif., on Sept. 18. On that day the Rev. Victor Manuel Rivera will become the Bishop of San Joaquin. Co-consecrators will be the Rt. Rev. Sumner F.D. Walters, present Bishop of San Joaquin, and the Rt. Rev. Ivol Curtis, Bishop of Olympia,

Dr. Gosnell was ordained in 1933 and has served for the past 20 years as rector of St. Mark's Church, San Antonio. He is a graduate of the Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Mass. He and his wife, Marjorie Adams Gosnell, have two children.

Dr. Rivera, a 51-year-old native of Puerto Rico, is rector of St. Paul's Church, Visalia, Calif. A graduate of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, Calif., he is married to the former Barbara Lamb Starbuck of San Francisco. They have three daughters.

The Rev. Mr. Gilliam has served as rector of the Church of the Incarnation, Great Falls, Mont., since 1955. He is a graduate of the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, Alexandria, Va., and served parishes in Oregon and Minnesota before accepting the call to be rector of the Church of the Incarnation. He is married to the former Margaret Kathleen Hindley and they have three children.

All three men have been active on a diocesan and national level, as well as on a local level. They have all also served as deputies to General Convention.