Archives for April 2013

In Pennsylvania’s capital, a mission is reborn

[Diocese of Central Pennsylvania] Sometime this summer, St. Andrew’s in the City will become the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania’s newest mission. Founded as a mission more than a hundred years ago St. Andrew’s in the City rapidly grew into a parish in the thriving area of Allison Hill in Harrisburg. With movement out of the […]

Diocese of Chicago to share $10 million gift

Mutual fund founder endows center for church leaders, congregations

[Diocese of Chicago — Press Release] The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago announced April 25 that it will share a $10 million gift from Ab Nicholas and his wife, Nancy. Mr. Nicholas is the founder of Nicholas Company Inc., a Milwaukee-based investment advisory firm that manages the Nicholas mutual funds. The gift is the largest in […]

FOND DU LAC: Search process for eighth bishop announced

[Diocese of Fond du Lac] The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Fond du Lac has released information on its search process for the diocese’s eighth bishop. Information about the process, the diocese and forms for making nomination are available in the Diocesan Profile. Nominations are being received until May 15. The bishop election will take […]

TEXAS: Diocese approves transfer of hospital

$1 billion health foundation to be established

[Diocese of Texas] The Episcopal Diocese of Texas approved today a definitive agreement for the transfer of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System to Catholic Health Initiatives, a nationally recognized health care system. As part of the transfer of St. Luke’s, CHI will contribute more than $1 billion to create a new Episcopal Health Foundation, which will focus on the unmet […]

TEXAS: Explosion leaves Episcopalians dazed, but ready to help

[Diocese of Texas] As of the morning of April 18, reports confirm Episcopalians from West, Texas, are safe after the devastating explosion of a fertilizer plant, according to officials from St. Paul’s, Holy Spirit, and St. Alban’s in Waco, just 15 miles to the south. However, countless others have been affected either physically or emotionally. Late […]

Supreme Court of Virginia rules in favor of diocese, Episcopal Church

[Episcopal Diocese of Virginia] In a dispute over the ownership of The Falls Church, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today in favor of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church. The decision affirms an earlier ruling returning Episcopalians to their church home at The Falls Church in Falls Church, Virginia. The Falls […]

El Salvador: Missionaries head into the field, face challenges

[Episcopal News Service – San Salvador, El Salvador] For missionaries Tom and Dianne Wilson the most challenging part of service in El Salvador thus far has been learning Spanish. The couple, from Rutland, Massachusetts, and members of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Holden, in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, arrived on March 4 and have […]

Engaging doubt with youth

Seminary looks at opportunities in challenging youth ministry

[Church Divinity School of the Pacific] With the economy remaining fragile and church budgets strained, it can be difficult to make a case for investing in youth ministry. Sound investing is supposed to be geared toward the future, and many believe that youth are the future of the church. But some church leaders looking at […]

RIP: The Rt. Rev. John C. T. Chien 簡啟聰主教

First native bishop of Taiwan marked new era of indigenization

[Episcopal Diocese of Taiwan] The Rt. Rev. John C. T. Chien, the first native bishop of Taiwan, died on March 5 following a short illness. He was 72. Chien was ordained and consecrated as bishop on March 25, 1988, marking a new era in the indigenization of the Taiwan Episcopal Church. Born into a modest […]

Episcopal Church, SC Episcopalians reply to breakaway group’s lawsuit

[Episcopal News Service] Legal documents filed in South Carolina Circuit Court on March 28 say that Bishop Mark Lawrence and those people who followed him out of the Episcopal Church have no authority over the assets or property of the Diocese of South Carolina or any of its parishes and have conspired to damage the […]