The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon
After nearly 18 year in office, Bishop Whalon has resigned the position of Bishop in Charge effective April 6, 2019, when his successor the Rev. Mark Edington was ordained bishop in a festive liturgy in the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris.
Bishop Whalon announced his intention to resign his position of Bishop in Charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe at the Convocation Convention in 2016. This began a discernment process, search process, and the election of a successor. On April 6, 2019 Bishop Whalon's successor, the Rt. Rev. Mark D.W. Edington was ordained Bishop and Installed as Bishop in Charge.
We wish Bishop Whalon and wife Hélène God's richest blessings in their new endeavors in God's service.
Pierre Whalon was born on 12 November 1952 in Newport, Rhode Island. He received the Baccalauréat
Bishop Whalon was ordained Deacon in June 1985 and Priest in December 1985. From 1985 to 1991, he was Rector of All Souls, in North Versailles, Pennsylvania. He then served as rector of St Paul’s, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, from 1991 to 1993. His last parish position was serving as rector of St Andrew’s Church and School in Fort Pierce, Florida. He was elected Bishop of the Convocation of American Churches in Europe in June 2001 (since renamed the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe) and consecrated in Rome, November 2001, at St Paul’s-within-the-Walls.
A columnist for Anglicans Online since 1999, he has also been a feature writer for Tribune 2000 (a Paris-based, liberal Roman Catholic magazine in French) and has published a number of articles and book reviews in both Anglican and secular publications.
Bishop Whalon is a member of the Christian-Muslim Summits and co-author and signatory of its foundational document, An Inter-Religious Call
He has a longtime interest in refugee issues, and in 2007, he co-founded The Association
Bishop Whalon is also a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence
Whalon is a dual national of the United States and France and is bilingual in English and French. He has studied German, Spanish, Russian, Latin, New Testament Greek, and has now added Italian.
In what spare time he has, he enjoys playing the organ, fishing, writing, cooking, weightlifting, learning new languages, and the cinema.
In 1980 Bishop Whalon married Melinda Jane McCulloch. Their 37 years together ended with Melinda's unexpected death in February 2017. She was director of a Paris-based business, which she co-founded. She was also a musician. The Whalons have one daughter, Marie-Noëlle, a graduate of Cordon Bleu.
On August 25, 2018, Bishop Whalon married the former Hélène Teneur in the chapel of the Virginia Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia, with Bishop David Bane as celebrant. Mrs. Whalon is a prize-winning pianist, and many of her pupils have gone on to successful careers themselves. From 2008 to 2018 she was director of the music and dance conservatory in Linas. Mrs. Whalon also co-founded the music conservatory in Fort-de-France, Martinique. She has a son and daughter-in-law, Aurélien and Anne, two grandsons, Loann and Léo, and a daughter Solène.
Bishop and Mrs. Whalon plan to make their base in the French department of Martinique, as they consider new ministry opportunities. Meanwhile they are supporting ministries in the Anglican Communion through their charity, Communion de cœurs.
In 2019, the Whalon Fund for the Creative Arts (WFCA) was set up by the Convocation in honor of Bishop Pierre's ministry among us. The fund is dedicated to supporting both the visual and performing arts in the parishes and missions of the Convocation.
Bishop Whalon can be contacted through his webpage: http://pierrewhalon.info