RIP: Arthur E. Walmsley, 12th bishop of Connecticut

[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Arthur E. Walmsley, 12th bishop diocesan of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, died peacefully at his home in Deering, New Hampshire, early Oct. 5. Walmsley had been struggling with a bad case of pneumonia for the last few weeks.  He had recently returned home from the hospital and was […]

Memorial services held for Bishop Jean Rigal Elisee of Newark, New Jersey

[Diocese of Newark] With sadness, members of the Diocese of Newark announced the passing of the Rt. Rev. Jean Rigal Elisee, who served as the diocese’s supply bishop, assisting with confirmations from 2005 to 2007. His funeral was Sept. 30 at Grace Church in Newark, New Jersey, followed by a repast. It was preceded by a viewing that […]

RIP: Richard Sui On Chang, fourth bishop of Hawaii

[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Richard Sui On Chang, the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Hawaii, died Aug. 30 after a short illness. Chang served from 1997 to 2006 when he was succeeded by Robert L. Fitzpatrick, who had been his canon to the ordinary. He was the first Episcopal Church bishop of […]

RIP: The Rev. Stefani S. Schatz, canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of California

[Diocese of California] Stefani S. Schatz grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and it was her wish that, after 14 months of struggling with cancer, she would come home to spend her last days there. On July 7, she arrived in Santa Barbara, a place she loved. She passed away on five days later on July […]

RIP: The Rev. Reynolds Smith Cheney II, former General Convention committee chair

[Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee] The Rev. Reynolds Smith Cheney II, longtime General Convention deputy and Convention committee chair, died July 10 after a lengthy illness. He served for six years as a member of the Executive Council and chaired the State of the Church Committee at General Convention. He took particular satisfaction in coining […]

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. […]

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 […]

RIP: Katherine Elizabeth (Betty) Davis Gilmore

[Diocese Northwest Texas] It is with profound sadness that the Diocese of Northwest Texas shares news of the death of a great friend and an outstanding icon of lay servanthood. Katherine Elizabeth (Betty) Davis Gilmore, of Midland, Texas, died peacefully on the afternoon of May 9, 2017. Betty had recently been diagnosed with a serious illness, […]

RIP: Nancy Marvel, former Episcopal Relief & Development executive director

[Episcopal Relief & Development]  A longtime resident of Pelham, New York, Nancy Marvel died on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the age of 85. Affectionately known as “Nan,” she served as the executive director from 1995 to 1998 for Episcopal Relief & Development, formerly the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief.  Marvel was hired by the […]

RIP: Seventh Bishop of Albany David Standish Ball

[Diocese of Albany] The Rt. Rev. David Standish Ball, seventh bishop of the Diocese of Albany, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of April 18th, 2017. Ball was born June 11, 1926, in Albany, New York. He attended The Milne School in Albany, where he was class president and a popular athlete. Ball served in the […]