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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 6:22 p.m., Friday, October 20, 2006

Fitzpatrick elected as Hawai'i's Episcopal bishop

By Mary Kaye Ritz
Advertiser Religion & Ethics Writer


The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i today chose The Rev. Canon Robert L. Fitzpatrick as its new bishop on the ninth ballot.

By Joaquin Siopack | The Honolulu Advertiser

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The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i has chosen The Rev. Canon Robert L. Fitzpatrick — a Hawai'i resident since 2000 — as its new bishop.

Bells chimed as Fitzpatrick won election on the ninth ballot cast by delegates and lay people.

The new bishop had to secure a majority of the votes cast by the clergy and laity, conducted in an open forum.

Fitzpatrick currently oversees several programs for the diocese, including multicultural ministries. His wife, Beatrice Elizondo Fitzpatrick, teaches medical technology. The younger of their two sons, James, is a senior at 'Iolani School.

Fitzpatrick replaces the Bishop Richard S.O. Chang, who will remain in office until his successor is consecrated in March, said the Rev. Liz Beasley, diocesan spokeswoman.

The other leading candidate was The Rev. Canon Howard Anderson, president and warden of Cathedral College of Washington National Cathedral, where President Reagan's funeral was held. Anderson hold a doctorate from the University of Hawai'i-Manoa in American studies.

The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i is among the smallest dioceses in the Episcopal Church, with about 8,000 members in 39 congregations.