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Article | June 28, 2024

Congregation Update: News on the Journey

Blog|The Rev. Canon Mary Carter Greene

Dear Grace Family,

Exciting News: The Episcopal Church has a new presiding bishop! The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of Northwest Pennsylvania and bishop provisional of Western New York, has been elected by the House of Bishops and confirmed by the House of Deputies to be the 28th presiding bishop. 

He will begin a nine-year term leading the Episcopal Church on November 1, 2024. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry concludes his nine-year term on October 31, 2024. Rowe will begin his term on November 1 and be seated at Washington National Cathedral on November 2, 2024.

The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe’s biographical statement points to his interest in organizational learning and adaptive performance in the church. His candidacy video applies this expertise thoughtfully to aspects, needs, and hopes of the church. 

Learn more about our new presiding bishop’s hopes for the future and our work ahead as a church, at this Episcopal New Service article.

Learn more about the process of electing and confirming the Presiding Bishop in the Canons of the General Convention.

What might this mean for us? With our bishop co-adjutor, the Rt. Rev. Austin Rios installed in the Diocese of California elected in May of 2024, and a new presiding bishop, we enter a new season in the church. As with every transition, there is a loss at letting go of those who have held the roles before, paired with hope for what is to come. 

All are welcome on this journey. How blessed we are to be walking the path together.

With gratitude,

Mary Carter
The Rev. Cn. Mary Carter Greene
Canon Pastor

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