|Notes||"In the book One Small Corner: A History of Bradford Diocese, Astrid Hansen notes the depth, breadth and origins of DIOSWVA’s connection with this venerable Anglican diocese:
'An American acquaintance asked [former] Bishop Hook whether he would consider his diocese becoming the partner of an American one. He was invited in January 1977 to go over to meet Bishop William Marmion and address the annual council of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. This is one of three dioceses in the State of Virginia and not, in spite of its name, to be confused with West Virginia which is in another state entirely. The two bishops got on wonderfully well and Bishop Hook saw certain advantages to the scheme. Southwestern Virginia had some similarities with Bradford. It was even founded in the same year, and had industrial centers and miles of glorious country with small towns and villages—but also enough cultural differences to be stimulating. In so many places, he had found, people behave as though the only church is the one where they happen to live, and he saw the partnership as a way of broadening vision' (152).
"Thirty years later, Bishop Hook’s prophetic vision remains stronger than ever. " --Christie Wills|