Saint Days: William White, Bishop of Pennsylvania and the First Primate of the Church in the United States of America
Bp. William White lived from 1748-1836. He was born in Philadelphia and went to Philadelphia College (what is now the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Ivy League).
In 1770, White traveled to England to be ordained as a deacon. He returned to the island in 1772 to be ordained as a priest and in 1787 he was consecrated a bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury, John Moore, the Archbishop of York, William Markham, and Charles Moss, the Bishop of Bath and Wells.
White served as the first Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in 189 and again as the fourth from 1795-1836. He was the first bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania (1787-1836) and the second chaplain to the United States Senate, a position to which he was appointed in 1790.
He also ordained two African-Americans, Absalom Jones and William Levington, first as deacons and then as priests. He was integral to the establishment of the Episcopal Church in the United States.
Let us remember Bishop William White today in our prayers:
O God, our heavenly Father, who raised up your faithful servant William White to be a bishop and pastor in your Church and to feed your flock: Give abundantly to all pastors the gifts of your Holy Spirit, that they may minister in your household as true servants of Christ and stewards of your divine mysteries; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.