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The Right Reverend Walter Dennis

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The Right Reverend Walter Dennis, 1932-2003

Bishop Dennis was ordained a deacon in 1956 with his first appointment as curate at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York; he was the first black American hired as clergy on the Cathedral’s staff. From 1956 to 1960 he assisted the Reverend Tollie Caution, Secretary of Negro Work, in developing a series of conferences on race relations.   He returned to St. John’s as a Canon Residentiary in 1965.   He was also a founding member of the Union of Black Episcopalians in 1968.  In 1979 he was elected Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of New York in 1979.

[Published Winter 2020]


In Bishop's Mitre, 1995