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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | July 6, 1995
"Jack is neither the devil incarnate nor Christ incarnate." The Rev. Robert W. Ihloff was talking about Bishop John Shelby Spong of Newark, N.J.Father Ihloff, 54, is the affable, energetic, fluent priest of Bishop Spong's diocese who was elected by Maryland Episcopalians May 20 to lead them into the 21st century.Assuming that a majority of the other dioceses ratify his selection as expected, he will be elevated to his new post in mid-October by Presiding Bishop Edmond L. Browning at the National Episcopal Cathedral in Washington.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
The Rev. Harry L. Hoffman III, a retired Episcopal rector who had been associated with churches in Maryland, Virginia and Wyoming, and was an ardent conservationist and outdoorsman, died Aug. 1 of complications from Parkinson's disease at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. He was 87. "Harry was much loved by a great number of people," said the Rt. Rev. John L. Raab, retired bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, who is currently serving as bishop in residence at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City.
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April 11, 2005
The Rev. Francis Lee Cutair III, a retired Episcopal pastor, died of Alzheimer's disease at Citizens Care Center in Havre de Grace. The Darlington resident was 66. Born in Arbutus, he was a 1956 graduate of Catonsville High School. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory and taught music at Franklin and Owings Mills elementary schools. In 1966 he received a Master of Divinity degree at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. After ordination to the priesthood he served at St. George Church in Manchester, Grace Church in Darlington and Ascension Church in Scarboro in Harford County.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
One day in 1870, 41 newly freed slaves got together in Jackson, Miss., to establish a new branch of mainstream Methodism called the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. Hundreds of members of that denomination, now known as the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, gathered at the Baltimore Convention Center Friday to consecrate the 61st, 62nd and 63rd bishops in its history. A two-hour service marked the end of the historically black denomination's weeklong general conference, a convention members hold every four years to choose new leaders and weigh doctrinal changes.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Staff Writer | March 28, 1993
Bishop A. Theodore Eastman, who has headed the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland since the beginning of 1986, announced in letters dated Thursday that he will retire at the end of January.Admired by many Episcopalians locally and nationally but harshly criticized in recent months by a small, vocal group of Baltimore laymen, he said he had told close associates almost a year ago that he intended to retire in early 1994. He will turn 65 on Nov. 20.He and his wife, Sarah, who were residents of Washington for 10 years while he was rector of St. Alban's Church there, have purchased a house in the Washington suburb of McLean, Va. The parents of three grown children, they also own a vacation home in Hedgesville, W.Va.
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By New York Times News Service | October 7, 1992
The highest-ranking Episcopal priest in the nation, who headed a national committee examining the church's position on sexuality and the priesthood, has resigned following charges that he sexually abused young men in his upstate New York congregation, church officials announced yesterday.The allegations surrounding the priest, the Rev. Wallace A. Frey, rector of St. David's Church in the Syracuse suburb of DeWitt, N.Y., are expected to stir uncertainty as the 2.4 million-member Episcopal Church continues to struggle with the issue of ordaining homosexuals, a debate that dominated the denomination's General Convention last year.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of years of religious history, literature, symbolism and music were invoked yesterday as the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland consecrated its 13th bishop in a rousing three-hour ceremony at the National Cathedral.The applauding congregation that filled the nave and transepts of the soaring English Gothic-style edifice in Northwest Washington came from as far away as Tokyo to participate in the consecration of Bishop Robert Wilkes Ihloff. Rector of Grace Church in Madison, N.J., since 1987, he was elected May 20 at a diocesan convention in Frostburg to succeed retired Bishop A. Theodore Eastman.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1998
It takes more than sidewalk sinners and decades of suburban flight to unsettle the parish of St. Katherine of Alexandria, an Episcopal chapel of high church ways at the corner of Presstman and Division streets.Here, beneath a dark, timbered ceiling reminiscent of the English countryside, this parish family vows never to leave its home within the heart of the historic black neighborhood where it has worshiped since 1911.En route to their timeworn pews, dignified women in Sunday hats and men in pressed suits bypass the torturers of many an urban community: noisy, brazen drug sellers and the stream of their cash-in-hand customers.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | May 29, 2000
The Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV -- just "Barney" to his 3,500 Episcopal congregants -- spoke in soft North Carolina cadences as he exchanged hugs and handshakes with a long line of people at his last Sunday service at the Church of the Redeemer in North Baltimore yesterday. After five years, a time he described as "richer than it sounds," the 51-year-old rector has resigned to teach at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. He will direct a doctoral program to train the next generation of Episcopal priests, scholars and leaders.
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May 18, 2007
On Monday, May 14, 2007, M r. Edward arroll Ridgell Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 4:00 PM at St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 200 Ingleside Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland.
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Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland elected its first woman bishop Friday, narrowly voting for the Rev. Canon Heather Cook to hold the post of bishop suffragan. Cook was among four candidates for the position - all of whom were women - and was elected after four rounds of voting among clergy and laymen at the diocese's convention in Ellicott City, according to a news release. A bishop suffragan is akin to a vice-president and helps run the diocese with its bishop diocesan. The rest of the Episcopal Church's dioceses must consent to the election before Cook is consecrated.
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By Mary K. Tilghman | March 4, 2014
With a smudge of ash on his forehead and a friendly smile lighting up his face, the Rev. Kristofer Lindh-Payne will be spending Ash Wednesday greeting morning and evening commuters at the Ridgely Road light rail station. After a hearty "Good morning," he will remind passersby that it's Ash Wednesday and offers to draw the traditional ash cross on their foreheads. An intimate ritual taking place in a public setting, it's an unusual way to start Christianity's solemn season of Lent.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
The Rev. William W. Trumbore, a retired Episcopal minister who enjoyed working with young people, died Monday of complications from Parkinson's disease at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 81. The son of Clarke Trumbore, an Episcopal minister, and Marion Trumbore, an educator, William Wilson Trumbore was born in Fitchburg, Mass., and raised in Carbondale, Pa. After graduating in 1950 from Central High School in Scranton, Pa., Mr. Trumbore earned a bachelor's degree in 1954 from Lehigh University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
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By Tim Schwartz, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2013
Nine St. John's Episcopal Youth Group teenagers spent several hours hearing testimonies and serving lunch to poor and homeless people at the Helping Up Mission in Baltimore on the last Sunday in October. It's one of many good deeds done recently by the high school-age kids, which is why the group is among 16 organizations being recognized this season for their volunteer service by the Ravens and the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism. Recipients of the 14th annual Honor Rows Program, the 46 youth group members and leaders will be honored at the Ravens home game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2013
The Episcopal Church in Maryland celebrated the life of its 11th bishop with all the formality and ceremony of a cathedral funeral Saturday, while remembering a man known as a fierce champion for society's outsiders. "Bishop David Leighton knew the burden of being a shepherd," said the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, the current bishop. "He experienced many times the hatred, bitterness and rejection that comes with the office whenever he stood up for those whom society wanted to neglect, or keep outside of the power structures in the church.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
The Right Rev. David Keller Leighton Sr., the former Episcopal bishop of Maryland who ordained his diocese's first woman priest and led other church reforms, died of respiratory complications Wednesday at Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville, an institution he helped found. He was 91. "He helped bring the church out of the country club," said the present Episcopal bishop, the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton. "He aided the homeless, the poor and the marginalized, African-Americans and, of course, women.
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April 14, 2004
On April 11, 2004, JUSTINE ADRIANNEVisitation at 2140 N. Fulton Ave. on Thursday, 2 to 8 P.M. The family will receive friends at St. Katherine Alexandria Episcopal Church, 2001 Division St. on Friday at 10 A.M. Funeral at 11 AM.
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October 14, 2009
On October 12, 2009, ALFRED H. WEEMS; beloved husband of Olivia H. Weems. On today, friends may call at VAUGHN C. GREENE FUNERAL SERVICES (RANDALLSTOWN), 8728 Liberty Road, from 5 to 8 PM. On Thursday, services for Mr. Weems will be held at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 3121 Walbrook Avenue, where the family will receive friends 10 to 10:30 AM with services to follow. Inquiries to (410)655-0015.
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Dan Rodricks | July 31, 2013
I actually thought the cool new pope would have something cool and new to say about one of the things that make it hard to be a Roman Catholic: the church's refusal to allow women to serve as priests. Pope Francis has all the makings of a revolutionary. In just a few months on the job, he has excited otherwise bored and jaded Catholics with a fresh approach to the papacy, preaching from the book of humility, simplicity and passionate concern for the poor. Then he went down to Brazil, where the church has lost millions of followers, and criticized leaders there for allowing an "exodus" to other faiths or to the secular life.
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