|THE BISHOP ELLIOTT SOCIETY
|Who was Bishop Elliott?
|The Bishop Elliott Society is named for The Rt. Rev. Robert W.B.
Elliott, first Missionary Bishop (1874-1887) of what was then the
Missionary District of Western Texas. We take him for a model for
many sound examples:
|Missionary Leader — He came from a distinguished southern family and a comfortable eastern|
|rectorship to assume leadership of a new, weak, raw frontier missionary effort. That |
commitment stood the test of time and cost Elliott his life.
|Educator — A key to his strategy was provision of excellent schooling for the youth of his|
|jurisdiction, leading him to found schools that continue to this day.|
|Builder — Over more than a decade of exhausting travel and despite delicate health, he more|
|than quadrupled his church in membership and support, founding churches and educational |
institutions from El Paso to the coastal bend.
|Evangelist — His passion was to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ by faithful living witness to|
|the Anglican tradition. He articulated and lived a message of practical, energetic and whole-|
hearted evangelism consecrated for apostolic ministry on a growing frontier.
|Uncompromising Anglican — For Bishop Elliott, Anglicanism had universal appeal. He|
|addressed the Missionary District Convocation of 1875 in this way:|
|It is our mission as brethren banded together for the work of the Lord Jesus
Christ to maintain in all of its breadth and fullness a true catholicity, at the
same time to repel… any policy which would tend to compromise “the
freedom wherewith Christ has made us free.” For myself I willingly mean by a
true catholicity neither a narrow Protestant Episcopalianism, nor a weak
imitation of the Papacy.
Our heritage is Anglicanism.
–Bishop’s Address, 1875
|Click here for an 1874 sermon on the
missionary martyr Bishop Patteson by
|Click here for a link to more wisdom from
|Bishop Gary Lillibridge:
Take Up Your Cross.
Sermon to the
104th Annual Council
21 February 2008