Hodges-Copple to be consecrated as bishop suffragan
The Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, named earlier this year as the new bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, will be consecrated June 15 in a service at Duke Chapel that will include the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, bishop diocesan of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.
Hodges-Copple most recently served as rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Durham. The bishop suffragan role has been vacant since the 2007 retirement of the Rt. Rev. Gary Gloster. As bishop suffragan, Hodges-Copple will “assist Curry in leading the Diocese into what he has termed ‘21st-century Galilee,’ or the diverse modern world in which we live,” according to a release from the diocese. Hodges-Copple will perform ecclesiastical duties such as parish visitations, confirmations and ordinations. She will have particular oversight of ministry in higher education, young adult ministry, ministry among Spanish-speaking communities, the ordination process for the diaconate, companion diocese relationships with Costa Rica and Botswana, ecumenical and interfaith work, and pastoral care of retired clergy and their spouses, according to the diocese.
Curry recognized Hodges-Copple’s new role during a talk this spring at the Durham County Library about the Episcopalian Saint Pauli Murray. Murray was raised in Durham, and her list of accomplishments included being the first African-American female Episcopal priest. The first bishop suffragan in North Carolina was Henry Beard Delany, consecrated in 1918 and the first African-American bishop in the diocese.
Hodges-Copple also previously served as the Episcopal chaplain at Duke University, assistant to the rector at St. Luke’s in Durham and director of Triangle domestic violence shelters for women. There are more than 40,000 baptized Episcopalians in the North Carolina Diocese and 117 churches.
The consecration will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 15 at Duke Chapel. While not open to the general public, Episcopalians in the North Carolina Diocese who are interested in attending should tell their priest.