South Korea-born bishop consecrated in New York

By Korea Herald
  • Published : May 18, 2014 - 20:22
  • Updated : May 18, 2014 - 20:22
Rev. Allen K. Shin (left), the first Korean-American bishop in the Episcopal Church, and his wife Clara greet the audience during his consecration ceremony as the new Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York on Saturday. (EPA-Yonhap)
NEW YORK (AP) ― A South Korea-born diocesan has been installed as the suffragan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

The Rt. Rv. Allen K. Shin was consecrated during a ceremony Saturday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan.

The suffragan is elected by clergy and laity to be an assistant to the diocesan bishop. Shin was elected last December.

Church officials say he and his family moved to Washington, D.C. in 1972. He graduated from the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1996.

They say the consecration ceremony included a “laying on of hands,” where bishops surround a kneeling Shin and put their hands on his head, saying a prayer together.