Maryland diocese ordains Heather Elizabeth Cook as bishop suffragan

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland ordained and consecrated the Rev. Heather Elizabeth Cook as its suffragan bishop on Sept. 6 during a service at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore. The service featured participants from across the diocese, as well as Cook’s family, friends and people from past ministries. To […]

Olympia diocese committed to multi-phase Oso mudslide recovery

[Episcopal Diocese of Olympia] Five months after a major mudslide occurred near Oso, a rural area of Washington State approximately 60 miles northeast of Seattle, Episcopalians in the Diocese of Olympia are expressing their gratitude to all who’ve donated to the ongoing relief efforts while focusing on the future. “Through our combined efforts, the Episcopal […]

St. Mary’s Church in Napa joins in quake clean-up

Red-tagged building needs inspection, organ replacing

[Episcopal News Service] While the outside of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Napa, California, looks perfect after the Aug. 24 magnitude-6 earthquake, the inside of the church is a different matter. Organ pipes litter the chancel floor while others hang precariously from the organ loft, some bent like drinking straws. Right after the quake at […]

Mississippi notified of successful canonical consent process

Bishop-elect Seage ordination and consecration on Sept. 27

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Office of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has notified the Diocese of Mississippi that Bishop-Elect Coadjutor Brian R. Seage has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process. As outlined under Canon III.11.4 (a), the Presiding Bishop confirmed the receipt of consents […]

‘New and creative ways of prayer’ available for everyday life

[Episcopal News Service] What is being called “a daily office for the 21st century” is now available to members of the Episcopal Church and beyond. “Daily Prayer for All Seasons,” developed by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music offers a variation on the Book of Common Prayer’s tradition of prayers for morning, noon, evening […]

Massachusetts Bishop Shaw offers update on illness

[Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts] Massachusetts Bishop Thomas Shaw, SSJE, sent a message to his diocese on Aug. 25 announcing that the brain cancer he has been battling since May 2013 is incurable and expressing gratitude for ongoing prayers and support. “At the recommendation of my medical team, I’ve decided now to pursue a course of treatment […]

West Texas announces six ‘potential’ coadjutor nominees

[Episcopal News Service] The Standing Committee of the Diocese of West Texas has presented six potential nominees for bishop coadjutor. The potential nominees, all of whom are from the diocese, have provided biographical data, as well as answers to eight questions given to them by the Standing Committee. Each potential nominee’s profile can be viewed […]

RIP: Retired Western Massachusetts Bishop Andrew Wissemann

[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Andrew Frederick Wissemann, the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, died peacefully at home early on the morning of Aug. 20. “Bishop Wissemann served the people of this diocese with clarity of purpose and compassion during his eight-year episcopate,” said current Bishop Douglas Fisher in announcing the […]

Maui’s ‘A Cup of Cold Water’ pours hope into homeless community

[Episcopal News Service, Maui, Hawaii] The blue and white van bounced slowly, a bumpy ride along the rocky beach, bringing water, food, clothing, first aid and personal care items to isolated homeless communities along the mouth of Maui’s Wailuku River in Hawaii. Nearing a small encampment of several cars and trucks sheltered by trees and […]

Chicago diocese ponders next move after Appellate Court loss

[Episcopal Diocese of Chicago press release] On Thursday, July 24, the Fourth District Appellate Court for the State of Illinois upheld a lower court’s ruling that certain property of the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy belongs to a breakaway group, now organized as the Anglican Diocese of Quincy. The position of the Episcopal Church is that […]