Our Bishops

The Rt. Rev. William H. Ilgenfritz, Bishop

Baptized at St. Stephen’s-McKeesport in 1946, Bishop Ilgenfritz has served working with troubled teenagers in Kansas, enrolled in Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in 1981, was ordained to the priesthood in 1986, and has served at parishes and youth related ministries before returning to Pennsylvania to be Rector at Charleroi.

The Rt. Rev’d William H. Ilgenfritz is a national Anglo-Catholic leader and a youth advocate having served in five states. Bishop Ilgenfritz has been active in Forward in Faith North America since 1999. In 2002 he was nominated by the FiFNA Assembly with the request for his being made a bishop for those affiliated with the Anglo-Catholic organization. His nomination was again affirmed by the FiFNA Assembly of 2007 as the Common Cause Partnership was beginning to form what would become the new province of the Anglican Church in North America. Fr. Ilgenfritz has served as Chaplain at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Nevada, and the Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society.

Bishop Ilgenfritz has the distinct privilege of being the first Bishop consecrated for the Anglican Church in North America.  On August 22nd, 2009, the Most Reverend Robert Duncan, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, as Chief Consecrator, along with Bishops, Jack Leo Iker, (Fort Worth) Keith Ackerman, (Retired Quincy) Edward MacBurney, (Assisting Forth Worth) William Wantland, (Retired Eau Claire) acted as co-consecrators. Thirteen Bishops participated in the apostolic laying on of hands in the historic ceremony.

The Rev’d William Ilgenfritz (1946), and his wife, Lois, have 2 children and 6 grandchildren.

The Rt. Rev. Richard W. Lipka, Suffragan Bishop

Bishop Lipka was ordained a priest in 1966 in Rome, Italy.  He has served as senior pastor of churches in several states on the mainland United States and in Hawaii in the Roman Catholic Church and the Episcopal Church.  He has been active in the renewal movement in liturgical churches since 1978.  He has taught seminars and written  articles in the areas of practical application of the Bible to daily life.  Bishop Lipka founded the Church of the Risen Lord in Honolulu, Hawaii and was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of the Hawaiian Islands and the American Protectorates in the Pacific in 1995 for the Charismatic Episcopal Church.  In 2004 he moved to Maryland to serve as the Diocesan Bishop for the Delmarva Peninsula.

Bishop Lipka is a graduate of St. Mary’s College (B.A.); the Pontifical Gregorian University (S.T.B.); St. Mary’s Seminary (M.A.); and the University of Maryland (M.S.W.).  He has pursued doctoral studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and the International College and Graduate School.  He was part of the faculty of St. Michael’s Seminary (CEC) in Hawaii.  He is a licensed clinical social worker and a diplomate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors..

Bishop Lipka was born and raised in Wilmington, DE.  He is married and the father of four.  His wife, Susan, and his family, are active in ministries at Holy Trinity Cathedral and in the Diocese.

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