[[Image:Basil Essey3.jpg|right|frame|Bishop Basil at the glorification of [[Raphael of Brooklyn|St. Raphael]]]]
His Grace was nominated for [[bishop]] ([[auxiliary bishop|auxiliary]] to Metropolitan Philip) by the General Assembly of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]] on [[July 26]], 1991, and was elected to the episcopacy (with the titular see of Enfeh al-Koura in north Lebanon) by the [[Holy Synod]] of the [[Church of Antioch|Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of the Great City-of-God Antioch and all the East]] on [[November 14]], 1991. He was consecrated to the episcopacy on May 31, 1992, at St. George Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas, by Metropolitan Philip of the Archdiocese of North America; Metropolitan [[Elias (Audi) of Beirut]]; Bishop [[Antoun (Khouri) of Miami|Antoun (Khouri)]], titular bishop of Seleucia and auxiliary of the Archdiocese of North America; and the late Archbishop [[Michael (Shaheen) of Toledo]], Ohio, auxiliary of the Archdiocese of North America. From 1992 until 1995 he resided at the Los Angeles Chancery, and in September 1995 he took up residence at the Wichita Chancery. By a decision of the [[Holy Synod]] of the Patriarchate dated [[October 9]], 2003, His Grace became a diocesan bishop bearing the title of '''Bishop of Wichita and Mid-America'''. He was enthroned in his cathedral on [[December 15]], 2004.
===The Glorification of St. Raphael===