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10th Episcopal Bishop Of New Hampshire To Take Over
Originally printed 1/10/2013 (Issue 2102 - Between The Lines News)
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire will soon have a new Episcopal bishop with the investiture of A. Robert Hirschfeld to succeed Gene Robinson.
Hirschfeld will be invested Saturday at 11 a.m. in an elaborate ceremony at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Concord.
Hirschfeld was Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst, Mass., when he was elected in May to be New Hampshire's 10th Episcopal bishop.
Robinson's election in 2003 as the first openly-gay Episcopal bishop created a tempest in the Anglican Church worldwide.
After handing his pastoral staff over to Hirschfeld, Robinson will become a part-time senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C.
The 51-year-old Hirschfeld will lead a congregation founded in 1802.
The investiture ceremony is open to the public but closed to the media.