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Bishop Bonnie A. Perry stands next to her chair in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit earlier this month, ahead of her taking over leadership of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.

DETROIT — Since its formation in 1836, no woman or openly gay priest has ever been elected to lead the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. That changed last Saturday, when the Rev. Bonnie Perry was ordained and consecrated as the body’s 11th bishop, overseeing more than 16,000 baptized members across the state.

She succeeds the Right Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs Jr., who had served as the diocese’s first African-American diocesan bishop since 2000 and retired in December, officials said.

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