The Most Rev. Edmond L. Browning took office as 24th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in 1985 while he was serving as Bishop of Hawaii. He was installed at Washington National Cathedral in January 1986 for a twelve-year term.
As Presiding Bishop, he served as president of the House of Bishops, as chief pastor to the Church’s membership of 2.6 million people, and as primate when he acted in concert with heads of other branches of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Bishop Browning was ordained to the diaconate in 1954 and to the priesthood in 1955. In 1971, he became Bishop-in-charge of the Convocation of American Churches in Europe, a post he served until 1974.
Bishop Browning has traveled extensively. He began his second year in office with a five-nation, thirty-day tour through the ecumenical centers of Christianity. He visited the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodoxy in Istanbul, met with Pope John Paul II in the Vatican, and participated in Orthodox Christmas celebrations in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Throughout his years in office, the Presiding Bishop worked closely with other church leaders to resolve the crisis in southern Africa, a region with which he was actively associated for many years. The Presiding Bishop also spoke out against violence and repression by all parties in Central America.
Bishop Browning attended the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, and received his B.A. in 1952 and his B.D. in 1954. He also attended the Japanese Language School in Kobe, Japan.