BY JOHN PRYOR Contributing writer
More than 800 people --including 80 from Bakersfield and Kern County -- celebrated the consecration of the Rev. Dr. Eric Menees recently at the Peoples Church in Fresno.
Bishop Menees formally will become the fifth bishop of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin when he will be enthroned as diocesan bishop next Saturday when the current bishop, John-David Schofield, retires. Bishop Schofield has led this diocese since Oct. 9, 1988.
Bishop Menees will be taking pastoral responsibility for more than 100 clergy and 41 churches in the San Joaquin Valley and as far east as Bishop and Henderson, Nev., near Las Vegas. Bakersfield area churches included are St. Paul's, St. Luke's and All Saints Anglican churches in Bakersfield, St. Mark's in Shafter, St. Jude's in Tehachapi, and San Pedro y Paulo in Arvin. These clergy and congregations are members of the Anglican Church in North America -- a province in the 85-million-member worldwide Anglican Communion.
Bishop Menees and his wife, Florence, recently moved to Clovis near the cathedral and diocesan offices in nearby Fresno. Bishop Menees and his family formerly lived in San Marcos, Calif., where Menees, a native of Southern California who is fluent in Spanish, served as rector of the Anglican Church of the Resurrection.
John Pryor is parishioner at St. Paul's Anglican Parish and chairman of the church's communication committee.