On January 10, 2012, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, joined Bishop of Washington Mariann Edgar Budde for the installation of the Right Rev. James B. Magness, the Episcopal Church’s bishop suffragan for federal ministries, as Cathedral canon for the armed forces and federal ministries. The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys sang at the special service of Choral Evensong in the great choir.
The position of bishop suffragan for federal ministries includes pastoral care and oversight for armed forces chaplains, military personnel, and their families—as well as oversight of Episcopal worship communities affiliated with military installations, federal hospitals, prisons, and correctional facilities. In his role as Cathedral canon, Magness works to strengthen the National Cathedral’s ministries to these important groups.
Prior to his 2010 consecration as bishop suffragan for federal ministries, Magness had served as canon for mission and diocesan administration in the Diocese of Southern Virginia; interim rector of the 1,200-member Galilee Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach, Va.; and canon to the ordinary of the Diocese of Kentucky. Magness retired from the U.S. Navy in 2003 in the rank of captain, having served as command chaplain of U.S. Joint Forces Command as well as fleet chaplain for the U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Prior to those assignments, he served 1997–2000 on the Navy Chief of Chaplains’ staff as personnel manager of the Navy Chaplain Corps.