Archives for May 2017

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Virginia, hires communications director

[St. John’s Episcopal Church] Cara Ellen Modisett has joined the staff of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Va., as director of communications. She has worked in music and communications in a range of settings. She served as minister of communication for Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal) in Memphis, Tennessee, and prior to that as […]

Guatemalan woman facing deportation receives sanctuary at North Carolina Episcopal church

[Episcopal News Service] An Episcopal church in North Carolina is sheltering a Guatemalan woman as she defies federal orders to leave the country after failing to receive a stay of her deportation. The Guatemalan woman, Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, first came to the United States in the mid-1990s to escape violence in her home country, […]

Wyoming ordains its first Native American female priest

[Diocese of Wyoming] On May 26, the Rev. Roxanne Jimerson-Friday became the first Native American woman from the Wind River Indian Reservation, in the state of Wyoming, ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church. The ceremony took place at Our Father’s House Episcopal Church in Ethete, with the Rt. Rev. John S. Smylie, bishop of the […]

Churches mobilized as Sri Lanka floods death toll passes 200

[Anglican Communion News Service] Clergy in Sri Lanka have been urged to prepare their churches and church halls to provide refuge for people displaced by serious flooding in the country’s Southern and Sabaragamuwa regions. On May 31, Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center said that 202 people had died as a result of the devastating floods and […]

Costa Rican Anglicans urged to live their faith naturally

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans in Costa Rica are being encouraged to live their faith naturally – Vive tu fe naturalmente – in a new campaign designed to encourage environmentally sustainable lifestyles. The Diocese of Costa Rica, part of the Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America (the Anglican Church in Central America), adopted the […]

RIP: Sister Margaret Cook, 85, of Community of St. Mary

Sister Margaret Cook, 85, of Knoxville, Tennessee, died peacefully in her sleep on the Eve of the Ascension, May 24. Cook entered the Community of St. Mary on May 1, 1990, and was in her 22nd year of profession when she died. She was a cradle Episcopalian and was always very active in the Church. […]

‘River of Life’ pilgrimage down Connecticut River offers 40 days of prayer, paddling

[Episcopal News Service] New Hampshire Bishop Robert Hirschfeld has rowed on the Connecticut River for years. It once was a sort of industrial “sewer” but has since been cleaned up and restored to “a place of stunning beauty,” he said. Hirschfeld intends to show it also can be a place of worship and an inspiration […]

Church Pension Fund plans major revisions for greater flexibility in a changing Episcopal Church

Changes, due to start next year, also aim to preserve fund’s sustainability, benefits’ value

[Episcopal News Service] The biggest changes to the Church Pension Fund in the past 60-some years are due to go into effect next year. They are designed to better serve a changing Episcopal Church and its clergy and lay employees while sustaining the fund and maintaining the value of retirement benefits. That’s the message Church […]

RIP: The Rev. Carlson Gerdau, canon to Presiding Bishop

Gerdau, 84, served under Griswold and Jefferts Schori

[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Carlson Gerdau, who served for a decade as canon to the presiding bishop under the Most Rev. Frank Griswold and the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, died May 27 at age 84. Gerdau’s work for Griswold dated to 1988, when Griswold as bishop of the Diocese of Chicago hired Gerdau […]

USPG chief Janette O’Neil to step down

[Anglican Communion News Service] The international Anglican mission agency USPG has announced that its chief executive, Janette O’Neil, is to retire at the end of August. O’Neil has been at the helm of the organization for the past six years. USPG’s trustees have now begun a search for “an effective leader with strong links to the Anglican […]