Religion: Boston's Negro Bishop

The new suffragan bishop of the nation's most blueblooded Episcopal diocese is the son of a dining-car waiter on the Pere Marquette Railroad. Upon his consecration two weeks ago as one of the two auxiliaries to Boston Bishop Anson Phelps Stokes Jr., the Rt. Rev John Melville Burgess became the first Negro† ever to serve the Protestant Episcopal Church as spiritual leader in a predominantly white diocese.

Square and scholarly-looking. Bishop Burgess, 53. was elected on solid qualifications. He did advanced study in sociology at the University of Michigan be fore graduating from the Episcopal...