James Warner Consecrated Bishop of Nebraska

Episcopal News Service. December 17, 1976 [76391]

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Rt. Rev. James Daniel Warner was consecrated Eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska Nov. 30 in the presence of sixteen bishops and a congregation of 1,300 at St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Omaha. Trinity, the Episcopal cathedral, would have seated only half that number.

Chief consecrator was the Rt. Rev. John M. Allin, Presiding Bishop, joined by the Rt. Rev. Russell T. Rauscher, retired Bishop of Nebraska; the Rev. William H. Brady, Bishop of Fond du Lac; the Rt. Rev. Edward C. Turner, Bishop of Kansas; and the Rt. Rev. Albert W. Hillestad, Bishop of Springfield, co-consecrators. The preacher was the Rt. Rev. Frederick W. Putnam, Suffragan Bishop of Oklahoma, with whom the new bishop had served in a team ministry at St. James', Wichita, Kans.

Bishop Warner had been nominated by a former parishioner, Mr. Roger Winn, now of St. Matthew's, Lincoln. Representatives of his former parishes and missions in the Dioceses of Fond du Lac and Kansas also took part in the service.

The service of enthronment came the following Sunday at Trinity Cathedral.

Bishop Warner's consecration ends a sixteen month vacancy in the episcopal office in Nebraska following the resignation of the Rt. Rev. Robert P. Varley in August, 1975.