Archives for 2013

New York elects Allen K. Shin bishop suffragan

[Diocese of New York] On Dec. 7, at a special election convention held at Manhattan’s Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the Rev. Allen K. Shin was declared the bishop suffragan-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The new bishop suffragan will replace Bishop Catherine Roskam, who retired at the end of 2011, and […]

Puerto Rico bishop election cancelled

[Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico cancelled the election scheduled for Dec. 7, according to a Dec. 4 statement on the diocese’s website. “It was an extremely difficult decision, but we consider it necessary for the present well-being and future of our diocese,” the statement said. “Together we should […]

Evidence indicates man intended to commit suicide in fatal fire

Officials believe man doused himself in gasoline before entering church on fire

[Episcopal News Service] Ocean City, Maryland, investigators say they believe a local man bought gasoline, poured it on himself and set himself on fire before he ran into St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Nov. 26, begging for help. The man, John Raymond Sterner, 56, died on the scene and the church’s rector, the Rev. David […]

State College church opens doors for Thanksgiving Dinner

[Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania] The Community Café at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in State College, Pennsylvania, was born out of a desire by parishioners to fill the outreach void that was left when the State College Area Food Bank, which was housed at the church for many years, outgrew its space. For the past […]

Easton: Two dead, one hospitalized following fire

[Diocese of Easton] Editor’s note: This story was updated at 7:20 p.m. on Nov. 26 to report the death of the Rev. David Dingwall, according to local news report. More information is now available in a more recent story here, which was posted mid-afternoon Nov. 27. The Rev. David Dingwall, rector of St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal […]

Pittsburgh clergy can exercise ‘local option’ on same-sex blessings

[Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh] Bishop Dorsey McConnell has granted permission for clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh to bless same-sex relationships. In a Nov. 25 pastoral letter, McConnell announced that the decision of whether or not to bless same-sex relationships may be made by each pastor, in his or her own parish. The pastoral letter is […]

New York: Patrick Ward withdraws from bishop suffragan election

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Patrick Ward has withdrawn his name from the slate of nominees who will stand for election as bishop suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Ward, interim rector of Christ Church in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, was nominated by petition on Oct. 27. His name was added […]

Bishop Gray: ‘If Mississippi can do this, why can’t others?’

Closing address to 'Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America'

[Episcopal News Service] Diocese of Mississippi Bishop Duncan Gray III made the following remarks to the end of the Nov. 15-16 “Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America,” held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. Fifty Years Later: Racism in America – Closing Address Diocese of Mississippi Bishop Duncan Gray […]

Jonathan Daniels House to open as Episcopal Service Corps member

[Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island] An exciting hurdle has been crossed by the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island’s Jonathan Daniels House (JDH) project, which aims to open a service-oriented intentional community for young adults. After three years of planning and preparing, last week JDH received official membership into the Episcopal Service Corps, a national network of more than […]

Rhode Island students swarm St. Augustine’s ‘Feed a Friend Dinner’

[Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island] At its monthly “Feed a Friend” dinner on Nov. 19, St. Augustine’s Church in Kingston fed 80 people, at least 40 of whom were current University of Rhode Island students. St. Augustine’s is located on the URI campus and started the “Feed a Friend Dinners” last Shrove Tuesday when parishioners volunteered […]