Western Kansas elects local priest to be next bishop

first_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 By ENS staffPosted May 7, 2018 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Rev. Mark Cowell[Episcopal News Service] The Diocese of Western Kansas elected the Rev. Mark Cowell on May 5 to be its sixth bishop.Cowell, a lawyer who once prosecuted gang members in Dodge City, Kansas, is the vicar of St. Mary and St. Martha of Bethany in Larned, Kansas, and Holy Nativity, Kinsley. He still works part time as Dodge City’s municipal prosecutor and was just elected to his second term as the Hodgeman County attorney, according to his biography here.The other two nominees were the Rev. Mary J. Korte, rector of St. Stephen’s, Wichita, and the Rev. Jonathan Singh, clinical manager of St. Leonard’s Hospice in York, England. The electing convention was held at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Hays.Cowell’s wife, Julie, is a district magistrate judge, and they are parents to three children: Gabriel, Cathleen and Gryffin. The Cowell family has lived in Larned since 1996 after they moved out of Dodge City because gang members there shot out his car windows.Cowell says in his biographical statement that he felt a call to ordained ministry after he finished law school in 1994. Because of his debt from that schooling, he was trained locally and, after several years of study, was ordained as a transitional deacon in October 2003 and as a priest in June 2004.While helping oversee the process that resulted in the election of current Bishop Michael P. Milliken, Cowell met with then-Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to discuss the idea of a dual-role episcopacy in which a person serves as both bishop and a congregational priest. Milliken lived that model, the first in the Episcopal Church in the past 150 years, until the end of 2014 when he resigned as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Hutchinson to served full time as bishop, according to the diocese.Cowell has said he would continue serving both parishes if he was elected bishop.After the bishop-elect receives the canonically required consent of a majority of the Episcopal Church’s diocesan standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will ordain and consecrate the new bishop Dec. 1. Submit an Event Listing Bishop Elections, House of Bishops, Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Events Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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‘Shaking of hands acceptable’ priest

first_imgWhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Twitter Print Linkedincenter_img THE shaking of hands between worshippers at local Catholic churches is quite acceptable by the authorities, despite warnings on the transmission of swine flu’ from person to person.Rev Fr Paul Finnerty, diocesan secretary, was responding to calls from some massgoers to the Limerick Post, for the immediate suspension of the practice.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He confirmed that the diocese had been in touch with the HSE on the matter, and was assured there was no need to change policy.“I consulted with the HSE regards suspending the sign of peace in the form of a handshake at Masses. The position of the HSE was that there is no need to end the practice”. He insisted, however, that those who are feeling ill should not attend Mass.He continued: “I have noted the HSE’s concerns as to the dangers of persons with flu’ symptoms attending at Mass and other church services.“This constitutes the greatest danger of all in terms of spreading disease. It is advisable that persons with symptoms of flu’ not to participate in church services during their illness”.Despite the continuation of the practice of handshaking, he assures those who attend Mass that it will be reconsidered should the HSE’s position alter.He concluded: “We will continue to liaise with the HSE on this matter and should they have a change of attitude, I will then be informing parishes”.There are some churches in the diocese who have volunteered to drop shaking hands during Mass.One lady told the Post that she considered it inappropriate to continue with the practice at the present time.“All sort of precautions should be taken to prevent the spread of swine flu’ .We are constantly being warned of the dangers and to be on the alert”. NewsLocal News‘Shaking of hands acceptable’ priestBy admin – September 17, 2009 609 Email Previous articleLocal economy in recovery modeNext articleLast chance to impress ? adminlast_img read more

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