Rector: The Rt. Rev. Paul C. Hewett, SSC
For more than 30 years, the Rt. Rev. Paul Clayton Hewett, SSC, has been an active force in retaining and encouraging traditional Anglican beliefs and liturgy in the United States. He serves as diocesan bishop of the Diocese of the Holy Cross as well as Moderator of the Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas (FACA) and as FACA’s representative in the Anglican Church in North America and as an adjunct bishop in Forward in Faith, North America (FiF/NA)
After receiving the AB degree in Political Science and Anthropology at Temple University in Philadelphia, he attended Philadelphia Divinity School with a concentration on Ascetical and Mystical Theology, and received his M. Div. degree in 1973 after a year at the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA. Ordained to the Priesthood in England the following year by the Bishop of Southwark, Province of Canterbury, he served as curate at St. Faith’s, Wandsworth, London, before returning to the United States in 1976 to serve at Good Shepherd, Rosemont, PA.
One of the first to take a stand against innovations in the Episcopal Church, he joined the more orthodox Diocese of Christ the King in 1978 after the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania began ordaining women. He subsequently founded 11 parishes across America, Transfiguration, Phoenixville, being one of them.
In addition, he has been Vicar of the Episcopal Heritage Church in Washington, D.C., and Dean of the Provincial Headquarters of the Province of Christ the King, as well as President of its Standing Committee. In 1998 he opened up a relationship with Forward in Faith/UK (FiF/UK) that led to an ongoing involvement with the orthodox remnant in Sweden. Today, all the parishes of the Diocese of the Holy Cross are members of FiF/NA.
He joined the Diocese of the Holy Cross in 2003 and was consecrated to the Episcopate to be Suffragan Bishop the following year. He was elected Bishop of the Diocese of the Holy Cross in 2006.
He continues to pursue opportunities to unify orthodox Anglicans. He was a speaker at the 2008 Global Anglican Futures Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem and has founded the Anglican Fellowship of the Delaware Valley, an association of orthodox Anglican parishes in the Philadelphia area.
In 2014, a delegation from the Diocese of the Holy Cross, representing FACA, opened up a diplomatic relationship with the Office of the Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople, Greece.
A member of the Society of the Holy Cross, Bishop Hewett resides in Columbia, South Carolina, at the Cathedral Church of the Epiphany. He travels frequently to Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Rector of the Church of the Transfiguration.
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Timothy Lent
Fr. Timothy Lent, Ph.D., was ordained a priest by the Rt. Rev. Thomas J. Kleppinger at the Church of the Incarnation in Quakertown, PA., on March 7 1997. He is resident in the Diocese of the Holy Catholic Church (AP) where Bishop Kleppinger is the Diocesan. Fr. Timothy supports his ministry by teaching religious studies and theology at a number of Catholic universities in the greater Philadelphia area. In particular, he enjoys teaching medical ethics to nursing students in Immaculata University’s BSN program.
Fr. Timothy is the author of Viktor E. Frankl Anthology, which was endorsed in 2006 in the website of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Vienna, Austria. He writes articles on the relationship between religion and various disciplines in the humanities.
Fr. Lent lives in Berwyn, PA., with his wife, Louise, and their two sons, Nathanael and Jonathan.