Texas: Son receives life in parents’ murders

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] In court on Feb. 2, Isaac Tiharihondi, the oldest son of the Rev. Israel Ahimbisibwe and his wife Dorcus, was sentenced to life without parole after he pleaded guilty to murdering his parents in their Houston apartment on Jan. 27, 2015. Authorities also believe Tiharihondi fatally stabbed his five-year-old brother Israel […]

Five people nominated to become next bishop of Pennsylvania

[Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania has announced a five-person slate of nominations for the next diocesan bishop. The candidates are: The Rev. W. Frank Allen, rector, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Wayne, Pennsylvania, Diocese of Pennsylvania; The Rev. Daniel G.P. Gutierrez, canon to the ordinary, chief operating officer and […]

RIP: Former Quincy Bishop Donald Parsons

[Nashotah House Theological Seminary] Bishop Donald James Parsons, 13th dean and president and professor of New Testament at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, died on January 4, 2016. He was 93. He was born on March 28, 1922 ,in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Temple University before matriculating at Philadelphia Divinity School, where he earned a ThB, a ThM, […]

On the Primates Meeting: A Letter from the House of Deputies President

[House of Deputies] The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies, sent the following letter to deputies and alternate deputies concerning the actions taken by the Primates Meeting to impose consequences on the church for its actions on same-sex marriage. January 15, 2016 Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: Many of […]

South Carolina: Charles vonRosenberg to retire as provisional bishop

[The Episcopal Church in South Carolina press release] The Rt. Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg has announced he will retire as provisional bishop of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina this summer after more than three years leading Episcopalians in eastern South Carolina. In a Jan. 14 letter to the people of the diocese, the bishop […]

Atlanta resettlement ministry: A party at Christmas, year-round friendship

This article is part of an ongoing series exploring the response to the global refugee crisis by The Episcopal Church and its ecumenical and interfaith partners. Other articles in the series are available here. [Episcopal News Service] It may be the first Christmas party ever for about 40 children of refugee families – and the […]

Patrick Bell elected as Diocese of Eastern Oregon’s seventh bishop

[Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon press release] The Rev. Patrick Bell was elected the seventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon Dec. 12 at Church of the Redeemer, Pendleton. Kim McClain, president of the diocese’s standing committee, said Bell was one of three finalists from a pool of 16 applicants. A search committee […]

Minnesota church embraces new ministry model, builds ‘Tiny House’

St. John's in St. Cloud is taking risks for the sake of the Gospel.

[The Episcopal Church in Minnesota — St. Cloud, Minnesota] A little more than a year ago, the Episcopal Church in Minnesota Trustees, in consultation with its Joint Finance and Audit Committee, forgave more than $1 million in outstanding loans to faith communities, in hopes of resetting the relationship to one where the trustees could be […]

Episcopalians in eastern SC name new cathedral at diocesan convention

[Episcopal Church in South Carolina press release] Episcopalians from across eastern South Carolina named a new cathedral, celebrated their connections to the wider church and adopted resolutions to work for racial reconciliation as they gathered for the 225th Annual Diocesan Convention of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina Nov. 13-14 at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys […]

St. James’ Elmhurst assists human trafficking victims

Borough of Queens cited as ‘a major entry point’

[Episcopal News Service] Daisy, a 37-year-old mother, hasn’t seen her three children in more than seven-and-a-half years, since she left them in the care of her husband in the Philippines so that she could come to work cleaning hotel rooms in New York. Through the assistance of a Manila-based employment firm, Daisy secured a visa, […]