CHICOPEE — Ever since he was a young boy, the Right Reverend Martin Dickinson, Suffragan Bishop, had always served the church, he said.

Now, at 62 he sits in the lifelong office of Suffragan Bishop for the Diocese of the Holy Trinity and Great Plains in the Holy Catholic Church Anglican Rite.

“It’s humbling to be recognized,” he said. “They have so much faith in me to be elected for this office.”

Dickinson was Consecrated on Saturday, September 16 at St. James Anglican Church in Kansas City, Missouri by the Chief Consecrator the Right Reverend Leo J. Michael and co-consecrators the Right Reverend Kenneth H. Kinner and the Right Reverend Edmund A. Jayaraj.

It was in 2009 when Dickinson began to study under priesthood.

In February of 2011 Dickinson was accepted as a postulant. He studied under the direction of Michael and the Rt. Rev. James McNeeley and in December of 2011 he was ordained to the diaconate.

In August of 2013, he was ordained to the priesthood.

Dickinson said in addition to serving the Lord, he and his wife Patti operate their own business called Dickinson Industries, Inc., under which they operate Jayhawk Signs & Graphics, LLC and Jayhawk Security & Electronics, LLC.

Dickinson said he felt there were people who were more experienced and qualified, but despite his feelings he was nominated for the position by one of the parishes in Casper, Wyoming.

Dickinson said the Suffragan Bishop is the assistant to the Bishop Ordinary.

“I’ll carry on with the parish duties at the parishes and I will also do things the Bishop Ordinary needs help with, travel to other parishes and perform confirmations.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.