Archbishop Reber, Primate of the United Episcopal Church, has released the following:
On the morning of August 23, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., the Right Reverend D. Presley Hutchens, Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of New Orleans, Anglican Catholic Church, did ordain Mr. Ralph James Caley to the Holy Order of Deacon.
Mr. Caley is a member of St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Heber Springs, Arkansas, a parish in the United Episcopal Church. The Reverend Father Tom Bradshaw, Rector of the parish, preached. Archdeacon Sam Seamans, UEC Deanery of the Ozarks, assisted Bishop Hutchens at the Mass. Approximately 80 parishioners and family members attended the ordination service and the reception following.
This sharing of bishops for the purpose of Episcopal acts between both the UEC and ACC is the direct result of a commitment signed by Archbishops Haverland and Reber on Ascension Day, 2007, signaling an ernest desire by both jurisdictions toward complete unity.
Both jurisdictions have been sharing clergy for sometime. However, this is the first such use of bishops between the two jurisdictions.