Anglican Church in America (TAC) Elects Suffragan Bishop

News Release February 8, 2012

The Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church in America, the Most Rev. Brian Marsh, has announced that the Rev. John Vaughan was unanimously elected Bishop Suffragan at the annual synod of the Diocese of the Eastern United States . The synod was held at St. Barnabas Church in Picayune, Mississippi on January 18-20.

Father Vaughn was born on February 22nd 1957, in Dublin Pike, White’s Cross, County Cork Ireland and is the fifth of ten children born to John Vaughan and Eileen McCarthy. He received his Primary education at Balckpool Boys National School (Brockelsbey  Street Academy ) and his High School Education at the School of Commerce In Cork City Ireland.

After High School in 1974 Fr. Vaughn enlisted in the Irish Army where he served for three years as an infantry man and had training as a medical orderly. Upon completion of military service, Fr. Vaughan worked at St. Stephen’s Hospital in Sarsfield’s Court Cork. He began his studies for the priesthood in 1979 at St. John’s College Seminary in Waterford Ireland.

Fr. Vaughan has diplomas in Philosophy and in Theology from St. John’s College as well as a Degree in Theology from St, Patrick’s Pontifical University in Maynooth Ireland .

In 1985 Fr. Vaughan was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood at St. Michael’s Church Upper Glanmire County Cork Ireland. Shortly after Ordination he left Ireland and relocated to the United States to serve the people of the archdiocese of Miami Florida.

In 1990 Fr. Vaughan took a leave of absence from the Roman Catholic Church and in 1994 Fr Vaughan transferred to the Episcopal Church where he ministered for ten years. In 2005 he transferred his qualifications to the Anglican Church in America where he served at St. Patrick’s Church in Port St. John, Florida until being appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of the Eastern United States in 2011.

He is a resident of Titusville, Florida and has one son. He will be consecrated Bishop at a special service planned for later this year after approval by the House of Bishops of the National Church.


Roman Catholic – Episcopal Church – Traditional Anglican Communion = Bishop.


While I do not always see ‘eye to eye’ with Fr Anthony Chadwick (on TAC matters), I however find myself agreeing with him here:

This one – Anglican Church in America (TAC) Elects Suffragan Bishop – is straight out of Virtue Online, but seems to ring true. As for the choice of Suffragan Bishop, I wonder how Anglican a cradle Roman Catholic priest is going to be. Is this a sign of things to come in the New TAC?

Choosing a former Roman Catholic priest seems to be direct provocation both to the Ordinariate-bound in the US and Archbishop Hepworth. My big question is why the ACA needs another bishop, considering its decimated numbers and intention to unite with the other Continuing Churches in America.

The bishop-elect is a cradle Roman Catholic of Irish origin. His year of birth makes him 55 years old. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1985, joined the Episcopal Church in 1994 and moved to the ACA in 2005. So, a cradle Roman Catholic with less than seven years as a member of the ACA gets elected for the Episcopate!

Let and let live! – and all that. Many of us could say we don’t care, but it is these people who want to waste no time in getting rid of Archbishop Hepworth for the purposes of the New TAC. What’s that going to be like? I shudder to think.

This does not bode well… at all.



4 thoughts on “Anglican Church in America (TAC) Elects Suffragan Bishop

  1. The words ‘kettle’, ‘pot’ and ‘black’ come to mind on reading that, Fr S. Wasn’t Abp Hepworth a former RCC priest with little or no Anglican background initially? (Though I suppose his critics would say that was part of the problem.) On a lighter note isn’t the new bishop the spittin image of the late hellraiser and broth of a boy Richard Harris? I wonder if by any chance they are related.

    1. Mercifully Holy Church interprets Scripture – and both (the Church and Scripture) are very clear on a number of areas that directly affect this canonical situation. Superficial comments like yours, devoid of proper theological understand/interpretation, are unfortunately not helpful to the situation either. Deal with the issue at hand.

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