In 2017, the Dean of Grace Church Cathedral established an award given in honor of the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, The Right Reverend William Alexander Guerry. Bishop Guerry was a reformer and martyr who lived from 1861 to 1928 when he was shot and murdered by a priest from his diocese who was distressed by the bishop’s work to include people of color more fully in the Episcopal Church. The award is presented annually to individuals who best exemplify the spirit of sacrifice that Bishop Guerry modeled in his life as the Bishop of South Carolina between 1908 and 1928.
On June 16, Dean Wright presented the award to The Most Reverend Frank Tracy Griswold III for his constant striving to live out Bishop Guerry’s ideal and for his outstanding leadership as the 25th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church.
The Very Reverend J. Michael A. Wright, Dean of Grace Church Cathedral, chose the following quote from Bishop Guerry to illustrate the ideals he shared with Bishop Griswold: “‘… we must have a church broad enough to embrace within its communion every living human soul.”
Presenting the medal to Bishop Griswold the Dean noted,
“For his constant striving to live out Bishop Guerry’s ideal and for his outstanding leadership as Presiding Bishop, the Bishop Guerry Medal is hereby presented.”
Bishop Guerry is now listed among the Martyrs of the Anglican Communion and remembered annually at Canterbury Cathedral on the date of his death, June 9.