A Man Called Mark

The Biography of Bishop Mark Dyer

Tom Linthicum, Foreword by Rowan Williams

Jul/2018, 224 Pages, PAPER, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640650978

• Well-known and well-loved bishop of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion

This official biography tells the compelling story of the Rt. Rev. Mark Dyer: Irish Catholic boy from New Hampshire, U.S. Navy vet, Roman Catholic then Episcopal priest, bishop, and seminary professor—and one of the most influential, beloved leaders of the American Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Following a dispute with ecclesiastical authorities, Dyer left the Roman Church for the Anglican Church of Canada. Later received as priest in the Episcopal Church, his gifts as teacher, preacher, and pastor were recognized with election as Bishop of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. There, he established a new model of leadership, delegating administrative duties to concentrate on spiritual direction, pastoral care, and creating mission projects at every church in his diocese. Also renowned as a story-teller, many of his favorite stories appear here, told in his own voice.

Called by leadership of the Anglican Communion to a variety of roles, for more than 20 years Bishop Dyer was on the front lines of the most contentious issues facing the church throughout the world, including ordination of women and gay people. He also was co-chair of the ecumenical dialogue between the Anglican and Eastern Orthodox Churches, which produced a landmark agreement after 17 years of meetings.

Audience: Episcopal Church, Anglican Communion, Virginia Seminary: faculty, students, and alumni; ecumenical partners, historians, Episcopalians

Tom Linthicum, is a freelance writer who spent nearly 35 years as an award-winning journalist, primarily for The Baltimore Sun. He currently teaches journalism at the University of Maryland. A lifelong Episcopalian, he knew Mark Dyer for 10 years and was selected by the bishop to be his biographer. He and his wife, Dorothy, also a writer, have two grown children and three granddaughters and live in Alexandria, Virginia.

Chapter 1: "You Are Irish Catholic"
Chapter 2: War and Monasteries
Chapter 3: Set Up by God
Chapter 4: Breaking Away
Chapter 5: Charting a New Course
Chapter 6: Matthew
Chapter 7: Rector
Chapter 8: Bishop
Chapter 9: A Yankee in the Archbishop of Canterbury's Court
Chapter 10: Of Women Priests and Bishops
Chapter 11: The Wars of Windsor
Chapter 12: A Monk in the World
Chapter 13: Teacher, Mentor, Pastor
Chapter 14: Tragedy
Chapter 15: New Life
Chapter 16: Journey's End
Chapter 17: Legacy


  • Biography
  • Bishop
  • Anglican Communio

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