The Very Rev. William Howard Love was consecrated September 16 as the bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Albany.
He will become the ninth bishop of Albany when Bishop Daniel W. Herzog, 65, retires. Herzog has not yet announced a date for his retirement, but a news release from the diocese said that the date will be within the next three years.
Among the approximately 1200 people in attendance at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center were all seven of the Albany priests who had been candidates along with Love.
Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold was the chief consecrator. Co-consecrators included: Herzog, Albany Bishop Suffragan David Bena, Retired Albany Bishop David Ball, and Bishop Harold Miller of Down and Dromore (Church of Ireland).
Episcopal Church bishops who participated in the service were Gladstone Adams of Central New York, Peter Beckwith of Springfield (Illinois), Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, Henry Scriven of Pittsburgh, Gordon Scruton of Western Massachusetts and Mark Sisk of New York. Duncan told an independent website, AnglicanTV.org, that he would not be a consecrator as such but wanted to support Albany as a member diocese of the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes, of which Duncan is moderator.
Roman Catholic Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany also attended the service.
Love was elected on March 25. In June, his election received the consent of the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
Love is a native of Texas. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House in 1991, a Master of Science in education from the State University of New York-Plattsburgh in 1988, and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Southwest Texas State in 1980. Love was ordained deacon in 1991, and served on the staff of the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany. Following his ordination as a priest in 1992, he became rector at St. Mary's Church in Lake Luzerne. He has served as its rector for the past 14 years.
He is married to New York Air National Guard Colonel Karen Love. They have two teenage children, Chris and Catie.