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Rev. Scott Benhase '79 Elected Bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Georgia

September 14, 2009

scott Benhase_tn.jpgSeptember 14, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — The Rev. Scott A. Benhase, a 1979 graduate of DePauw University, has been elected as tenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. Benhase, rector of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. (Diocese of Washington), was elected Saturday during the diocese's 188th annual convention in Dublin, Georgia.

"Under the canons of the Episcopal Church, a majority of bishops exercising jurisdiction and diocesan Standing Committees must consent to Benhase's ordination as bishop within 120 days of receiving notice of the election," notes an announcement. "Providing he receives the required consents, Benhase will succeed Georgia's ninth bishop, Henry I. Louttit, who has served the diocese since January 1995. The ordination and consecration is set for January 23, 2010 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center."

Following the confirmations and then ordination, Rev. Benhase -- who played football, served in student government and majored in religion as an undergraduate -- will become the third alumnus of DePauw currently serving as a bishop in the Episcopal Church. The Rt. Rev. John Rabb, a 1988 graduate of DePauw, is Bishop Suffragan of Maryland, and the Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick '81 is Bishop Diocesan of Hawaii.

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