Archives for March 2017

Growth in two very different Maryland congregations, similar strategies

[Diocese of Maryland] The Rev. Margarita Santana didn’t know how many people would show up for her first Sunday at the Iglesia de la Resurrección on Baltimore, Maryland’s eastside, but she thought there would be more than eight. “I was very surprised,” said Santana, who splits her time as vicar and Latino missioner for the […]

Gretchen M. Rehberg consecrated ninth bishop of Spokane

[Diocese of Spokane] The Rt. Rev. Gretchen M. Rehberg was ordained and consecrated as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Spokane on March 18 at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Washington. During the course of the service, the new bishop received a number of gifts including a pectoral cross, ring, […]

St. James’ in Austin informs, empowers Hispanic community

[Diocese of Texas] Lawyer Jim Harrington doesn’t mince words as he assists a family comprised of legal and undocumented immigrants in filling out power of attorney and caregiver affidavits. “These forms need to be clear and correct, or they’ll find any reason to separate you from your children,” said Harrington, founder Proyecto Santiago, a community outreach program […]

Executive Council awards grants to fund start of 20 new ministries

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] At its February meeting, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church awarded $821,000 in grants for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, to fund the start of 20 new ministries throughout the Church. The grants for church planting and Mission Enterprise Zones, which are evangelistic ministries with […]

Presiding Bishop visits the Diocese of Taiwan

‘To follow Jesus is to become who God intended you to be’

[Episcopal News Service – Taipei, Taiwan] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry brought the message of the Jesus Movement to the Episcopal Diocese of Taiwan during its recent Diocesan Synod, Feb. 24-26, telling Taiwanese Episcopalians to “follow Jesus in the Episcopal way.” “If you follow in the way of Jesus and your life begins to reflect his […]

San Joaquin overwhelmingly elects David Cappel Rice diocesan bishop

[Episcopal News Service] Delegates to a special convention of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin overwhelmingly voted March 4 to elect Provisional Bishop David Cappel Rice as their diocesan bishop. Rice was the only nominee.  He was elected on the first ballot by a vote of 21 to 1 in the clergy order and 41 […]

Samuel Rodman elected bishop of Diocese of North Carolina, succeeding Michael Curry

[Diocese of North Carolina] The Rev. Samuel Rodman was elected XII bishop diocesan of the Diocese of North Carolina on March 4. He was elected on the third ballot by the delegates gathered for a Special Electing Convention in Phillips Chapel at Canterbury School in Greensboro, North Carolina. “I am deeply honored and grateful and, […]

San Joaquin poised to take unusual step in bishop election

Convention will meet March 4 to elect Bishop Provisional David Rice as its diocesan

[Episcopal News Service] When the Diocese of San Joaquin meets in convention March 4 to elect a bishop, the path Episcopalians took to get to that moment – and the choice they will make – will be symbolic of the way they are rebuilding their diocese. It has been nearly 10 years since an earlier […]

Immigration forum at Houston cathedral addresses immigrant concerns

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] In an effort to educate and assist the immigrant community of Houston, Christ Church Cathedral held an immigration forum with attorneys and community leaders to inform immigrants of their rights and to discuss the Trump administration’s new focus on deportations. The forum was hosted by the Rev. Simón Bautista, canon missioner […]

Dominican Republic bishop announces retirement

[Diocese of the Dominican Republic] The Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguín, bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic since 1991, announced during the February diocesan convention that he plans to retire on Nov. 1, 2017. Subject to approval by the Episcopal House of Bishops, the Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada, currently serving as bishop coadjutor, will […]