The Reverend George Daniel Brown was on Thursday (August 6) consecrated the first Liberian Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
SV President Tubman out of car, met by Reverend Voegeli and Brother Harmon and PAN TO Mrs Tubman
BV Entering church
LV Procession of visiting clergy (2 shots)
GV INT of Church
SV PAN Clergy PAN TO Bishop-elect standing before altar
SV New Bishop receives Holy Bible and is blessed
CU New Bishop receives Bishop's staff from Reverend Voegeli
LV TILT DOWN Church to clergy leaving
CU President and Mrs. Tubman congratulating clergy after ceremony
GV People outside church
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Background: The Reverend George Daniel Brown was on Thursday (August 6) consecrated the first Liberian Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
The ceremony, which brought thousands of Episcopalians to the Liberian capital Monrovia, was in Trinity Cathedral.
Among the earlier arrivals to witness the ceremony was President Tubman, accompanied by his wife. They were met by the Bishop Pro Tempore of Liberia, the Right Reverend Alfred Voegeli and the Deputy Registrar Brother Emmett Harmon.
The consecration service was performed by the Right Reverend John E. Hines, presiding Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church of America.
Bishop Hines said when he arrived in Monrovia on Wednesday (August 5) that the Episcopal Diocese in Liberia will in future be considered a 'national independent Church' but it will continue to receive aid from the Episcopal Church in America.
Bishop Hines presented the Reverend Brown with a black leather Holy Bible, and then conducted a special consecration prayer. The Reverend Alfred Voegeli then presented the new Bishop with his Episcopal staff.
Bishop-elect Brown succeeds the American Bishop Dillard H. Brown, who was shot and killed last November by a Chemistry Professor of Cuttington college, an institution run by the Church.