Archives for January 2012

Texas diocese launches collaborative wildfire relief effort

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] Officials in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas announced Jan. 30 that a coordinated effort to help Bastrop County families recover from last September’s wildfires has begun. Volunteers and donations are needed to help rebuilding efforts. The diocese’s Texas Episcopal Disaster Relief and Development (TEDRD) is working with the United Methodist Committee […]

In New Orleans, prayer teams cover one block at a time

[Ecumenical News International, New Orleans] Millie Campbell, 76 years old, is one of the people praying for New Orleans, a city still recovering from the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster and experiencing a murderous crime wave. A couple of times per week, Campbell and her companion Betty Minor, 69, drive slowly around assigned neighborhoods, praying for […]

St. James, the smallest parish in the Diocese of West Texas

Roots extend to U.S. Cavalry Fort

[The Church News] It’s Sunday afternoon at the farthest reach of the Diocese of West Texas. Under cotton puff clouds floating lazily in a sparkling blue sky, a handful of parishioners arrive for services at St. James Episcopal Church. You wonder where they’re coming from. Except for the stone footprint of an old frontier fort, […]

Pittsburgh announces preliminary four-priest slate for bishop

[Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has chosen four priests to stand for election as the next bishop of Pittsburgh. The Jan. 15 announcement opens a three-week period during which members of the diocese may petition to add additional names to the ballot. The eighth bishop of Pittsburgh will […]

Virginia court tells breakaway congregations to return property

Editor’s note: Updated Jan. 12, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST with additional reaction and to remove reference to old press release. [Episcopal News Service] A Fairfax County, Virginia, court has told seven breakaway congregations that they must return control of church property to the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church. The majority of members […]

Former Bishop Pope dies in Baton Rouge surrounded by wife, family

[Episcopal News Service] Second Diocese of Fort Worth Bishop Clarence Pope died in his sleep Jan. 8 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Pope, 81, will be buried from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, on Jan. 12. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., with a Requiem Mass to begin at 11 a.m. Pope had been the […]

Alabama seats 11th bishop

[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. John McKee Sloan was seated Jan. 7 as 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. The service for Sloan, who had been the bishop suffragan of the diocese since 2008, took place at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori officiated at […]

National Cathedral appoints Francis H. Wade interim dean

Search process also announced for new dean

[Episcopal News Service] The chair of the Washington National Cathedral Chapter, the Rev. James P. Wind, announced Jan. 4 the appointment of the Rev. Francis H. Wade as interim dean of the cathedral. Wade has been called on a part-time basis to focus on spiritual guidance and support to the cathedral during its search and […]