The Rev. Kai Ryan, elected to be the Diocese of Texas’s next Bishop Suffragan, will be consecrated a bishop at Westover Hills Church of Christ (8332 Mesa Drive), with a reception to follow at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (8134 Mesa Drive). After her consecration, although she will be a bishop for the entire diocese (and larger church) and will have duties throughout the diocese, she will be based in Austin and will have oversight of congregations in Austin and the western region of the diocese, and we look forward to working closely with her.
A consecration Eucharist is filled with symbolism and long-standing traditions. The most significant moment in the service is the laying on of hands by other bishops present, when the new bishop becomes a part of apostolic succession. Apostolic succession is the belief that bishops are the successors to Jesus’ first apostles and that the authority of a bishop is derived from the apostles by an unbroken succession in the ministry. This authority is specifically derived through the laying on of hands for the ordination of bishops. Essentially, the tradition is that the apostles laid hands upon and consecrated bishops, who then consecrated new bishops, and so forth to today. The consecration is a time of celebration for the new ministry of a person called to serve God and God’s Church as a bishop. It also is a time of celebration and joy for a diocese, as the people welcome their new bishop.