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June 18, 1992

Woman priest is named Episcopal bishop

The rector of St. Philip's Church in Laurel will become the second woman bishop in the history of the Episcopal Church. The Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon, 54, was elected May 30 as a suffragan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, which includes Maryland suburbs around the district. She is expected to be consecrated as bishop in November.

A suffragan bishop is an auxiliary to a bishop who heads a diocese.

The Episcopal Church in the United States has ordained women to the priesthood since the 1970s. Almost four years ago, the American church became the first in the world Anglican communion to consecrate a woman as a bishop. She is Bishop Barbara Harris, suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts.

Ms. Dixon was elected by a convention of 330 clergy and lay delegates, who chose her from a field of seven, including three other female candidates.

Her job as suffragan bishop will be to work on development of congregations and supervision of missions in a diocese that has 41,000 Episcopalians.

Nuns' Play:

Nuns-Inc, a New Jersey theater company dealing in spiritual themes, will present a dramatic performance tomorrow night at the College of Notre Dame on the life of Mother Caroline Freiss, a School Sisters of Notre Dame nun who initiated her order's work of Catholic education in this country.

The production is part of a weekend celebration at the North Charles Street school in honor of the centenary of her death.

Mother Caroline came to Baltimore in 1847 from Bavaria to start schools among German immigrants. Among the schools she started was the Institute of Notre Dame, on Aisquith Street, said Ellen McDonald Perry, a spokesman at Villa Assumpta, the order's mother house in Baltimore.

Four years after Mother Caroline's arrival at age 23, she became head of her order for North America and remained in the leadership until her death. She is regarded as the founder of the order's work in North America, Ms. Perry said.

The performance in Baltimore is one stop in a tour of six of the order's eight North American provinces. The Baltimore province extends from the middle of New Jersey to Florida.

The play, created by Nuns-Inc, is based on Mother Caroline's writings and biographical material provided by the order.

The production will be performed at 8 p.m. at LeClerc Auditorium. The public is invited. Tickets are $10.

Jewish Giving:

In the thick of an economic recession, the main umbrella agency for Jewish social services and cultural affairs in the area raised a record amount, more than $22 million, in its annual giving campaign. THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore announced the figures at its annual meeting last week.

"In good times and bad, we care for one another," said Benjamin Kuntz, chairman of the campaign. The total fell slightly short of the goal of $22.5 million, but exceeded last year's amount of $21.6 million.

The annual giving campaign raises about two-thirds of the agency's budget, of which about 42 percent is devoted to programs serving Jews in foreign countries and in Israel. The rest goes to the work of ASSOCIATED agencies in the Baltimore area.

Among events sponsored by member organizations is a concert of Sephardic folk and liturgical music at 7 p.m. June 28 at the Lloyd Street Synagogue, 11 Lloyd St.

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