The Rt Rev Kevin Pearson, currently Bishop of Argyll & the Isles, will become Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway on July 1 ‘by deed’ – that is, by agreement of his fellow bishops – with his scheduled consecration at St Mary’s Cathedral having been ruled out by measures to combat Covid-19.
The current acting Bishop and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Rt Rev Mark Strange, explained in an open letter to the Diocese:
My dear friends in Glasgow and Galloway
Having received +Kevin’s letter of resignation from Argyll and The Isles I am now writing to inform you of the date at which +Kevin will become the Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway
Clearly the present situation has caused me to consider how the process could be best conducted without creating a further delay. Therefore following a meeting of The College of Bishops, at which we agreed that +Kevin could be instituted by deed, signed by all members of the College, I can now tell you that +Kevin will become Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway on the 1st July 2020.
Once the present situation has ended we will then hold a more formal service n the Cathedral.
The Most Reverend Mark Strange
Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness & Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church