Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Western States
The Right Reverend Donald M. Ashman was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for the Diocese of the Western States at Saint Peter’s Pro-Cathedral in Oakland on August 15, 2012. The chief consecrator was the Most Reverend James E. Provence, assisted by the Most Reverend Robert S. Morse, the Right Reverend Frederick G. Morrison, and the Right Reverend Dr. William C. Wiygul.
Bishop Ashman was subsequently nominated to be bishop ordinary of the Diocese of the Western States and on April 22, 2016, the Synod voted to confirm that nomination. He was elevated to that post at a special Synod Mass April 23, 2016, Archbishop Morrison in attendance.
Bishop Ashman was born in Los Angeles and raised in Burbank, California. He graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a degree in History (1970) and did graduate work at U. C. L. A. in Classics where he also earned his teaching credential. Since 1973, he has taught Latin, Greek and History at Hoover High School in Glendale. He enjoys taking students to Europe and has been active in the Junior Classical League.
In 1974, he was welcomed into the Episcopal Church by the Right Reverend Robert B. Gooden at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Glendale, California and three years later began his studies for the sacred ministry. He was ordained a deacon on Ember Wednesday in Advent, 1980, and a priest on the Feast of the Most Precious Blood, July 1,1983, by the then Right Reverend Robert S. Morse. The following year he became Rector of the Church of Our Saviour and the Holy Apostles in Los Angeles and Glendale. In 1985, he began a continuing thirty year ministry at the Hollenbeck Home in Boyle Heights and in 1987, he founded the Church of Our Saviour, Santa Barbara. Bishop Ashman loved his annual youth camping/fishing trips to the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and the White Mountains of Arizona. He has also served on the Board of Examining Chaplains and the Standing Committee.
Bishop Ashman married Ellen Kent Springer in 1971 at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale and they have two married children, Erin and Matthew, and two grandsons, Sean and Patrick. He loves to fish in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, ride trains with his wife and get away to Morro Bay.