In Memoriam: Robert Wright
CANA's eldest cleric, the Rev'd Robert Hardaway Wright, III, died on June 29, 2010. He had retired to St. Simons Island, Georgia and traveled to Virginia to be at the first CANA Council in 2007 on the occasion of the consecration of our suffragan bishops — CANA friends may recall making the acquaintance of this slender octogenarian in his brown Franciscan habit. At that time he told Bishop Martyn Minns that he had left The Episcopal Church and joined CANA because he desired to come under the authority of a good, Godly, and orthodox episcopate. Bishop Roger Ames served as his pastoral contact bishop.
Wright was born March 26, 1922 in Ashville, North Carolina. He studied at the Univeristy of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Georgia Tech, University of the South, and earned his divinity degree from the former St. Luke's Seminary in Sewanee, Tennessee. He and his late wife Maude (Proffitt) were married in 1950 and had three children.
Wright was ordained a deacon in 1957 and priested in 1958. From 1957 to 1987 he served congregations in Georgia and Florida.
Br. Wright was commended as a leader in the Civil Rights movement, having served as the first chair of the Southeast Georgia Council on Human Relations which fought to end racial segregation in 17 counties; and he was a lifetime member of the NAACP. He was also a leader in the Cursillo program and in Anglo-Catholic networks.
The above captioned photo of Brother Wright appeared in The Brunswick News (Brunswick, GA; May 24–25, 2008; page 1C).