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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 Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
Joel G. Hill, who had taught at what is now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was active in Episcopal affairs, died Sept. 18 at her Westminster, Vt., home of cancer. The former Hagerstown resident was 78. The daughter of Van Amburgh Goodrich and Francis Arnold Goodrich, the former Joel Ann Goodrich was born in Kansas City, Mo., and was raised in Del Mar, Calif. She was a graduate of the Bishop's School in La Jolla, Calif., and earned a bachelor's degree in literature in 1974 from the University of Michigan.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | October 31, 1994
The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, which put its vacant West Monument Street headquarters on the market in 1990, has sold the property for $350,000 -- less than a third of the original asking price of $1.25 million.But while the four-story brownstone mansion near Mount Vernon Place took longer to sell and brought far less than had been expected, the separate sale of its Tiffany stained-glass windows in 1991 for a surprising $517,000 means that, after payment of fees and commissions, the diocese has netted $771,038.
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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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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Religion Editor of The Sun | March 14, 1991
A shortage of money has forced the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland to sell a group of Tiffany stained-glass windows removed from its vacated brownstone headquarters at 105 W. Monument St.Diocesan financial advisers said yesterday that they hoped to raise $230,000 from the sale of the windows at an auction scheduled Saturday in New York. The proceeds will be applied to the church's Cross-Roads fund-raising campaign, which has fallen roughly $2 million behind its goal. The objective is to raise a little more than $9 million by the end of this year for a variety of purposes, including the recently completed building of a diocesan headquarters in North Baltimore.
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November 12, 1992
The Rev. Martin G. Townsend, who was chosen this summer to be the ninth bishop of the 124-year-old Episcopal Diocese of Easton, will be consecrated Nov. 21 in a noon ceremony at Asbury United Methodist Church in Salisbury.Father Townsend, the 48-year-old rector of Christ Church in Blacksburg, Va., will take over leadership of the Episcopal parishes in the nine counties of the Eastern Shore at the retirement of the Right Rev. Elliott L. Sorge, 63. Clergy and laity from 41 Shore parishes participated in the July election at Trinity Cathedral in Easton.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | March 8, 1999
To expand the quality and variety of its ministries, and to encourage individual congregations to look beyond parish boundaries, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland embarks today on its first fund-raising appeal.The Episcopal Appeal, planned as an annual event, will emphasize raising money for the work of the church, not for church buildings, said the Right Rev. Robert W. Ihloff, bishop of Maryland. The aim, he said, is to promote a new energy in the church."This has to do with moving from a maintenance mode into a mission mode," Ihloff said.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1998
With a "decisive majority," the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland elected yesterday an Atlanta-based pastor who once led a Baltimore County parish to be its next suffragan bishop -- the diocese's second-highest post.The Rev. John L. Rabb, a former rector at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Arbutus, will replace Charles L. Longest, who retired in October after eight years in the post. Rabb is expected to take office in September.Rabb, 53, a native of Chicago, is known for his work on social issues in urban and suburban areas.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | October 11, 1998
HAGERSTOWN -- Here in its geographic heart, members of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland gathered yesterday to witness the ordination of the Rt. Rev. John Leslie Rabb as their bishop suffragan.With the field house of St. James School transformed into a cathedral and filled with hundreds of the faithful, Rabb received the symbols of his office of bishop: a Bible, a ring, a cross, the holy oil called chrism, the pointed cap known as a miter and the shepherd's staff.Rabb wore a cope, a ceremonial cape used by bishops, that he designed in hues of blue and green that recalled "The Canticle of the Sun," a poem by St. Francis of Assisi.
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By Rebecca Trounson and Rebecca Trounson,Los Angeles Times | December 9, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin in California became the first in the nation yesterday to secede from the Episcopal Church, taking the historic, risky step as part of a years-long struggle within the church and global Anglican Communion over homosexuality and biblical authority. Delegates to San Joaquin's annual convention then also formally accepted an invitation to align the largely rural 14-county diocese with a conservative Anglican leader overseas, Archbishop Gregory James Venables of Argentina.
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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 Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
Frances B. Hale, the kind-hearted secretary at the Church of the Redeemer Parish Day School whose duties ranged from planning school activities to listening to students and comforting them, died Dec. 4 of heart failure at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. She was 85. "Frances was a jewel. She was the epitome of kindness, grace and hospitality to strangers, friends and family," said Jeffrey P. Ayres, chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and a longtime communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.
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By Carrie Wells and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2013
A fire in a church rectory in Ocean City Tuesday that left two dead began when a person on fire entered the ministry's offices, according to the Episcopal Diocese of Easton. One of those killed in the three-alarm blaze was Rev. David Dingwall, the pastor of the church, St. Paul's By The Sea Episcopal, diocese officials said. The second man who died has not yet been publicly identified. The fire began at around 9:25 a.m. in the rear offices of the rectory at 302 N. Baltimore Avenue "when a person on fire entered the Shepherd's Crook ministry offices," the diocese said on its website.
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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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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | June 8, 2013
The Rev. Paul Tunkle is retiring next year as rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Homeland, one of the largest churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. "I am sensing a call from Christ to do something new," Tunkle, 63, of Bolton Hill, said in an interview June 3. "I don't know exactly what that is. It's probably going to have less to do with wearing robes and standing in front of an altar. I feel like maybe I'm being asked to turn a corner. " His planned departure next May will bring to a close an eventful 12-year chapter in the history of the church, in which he has overseen the installation of a geothermal heating and air-conditioning system, but has clashed with his more conservative congregants at times over his outspoken sermons on political and social justice issues.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
Arthur W. Machen Jr., a retired attorney who was also the chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and a legal advocate for the poor, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The former Ruxton resident was 92. A well-respected corporate lawyer, he helped 1950s Baltimore Colts players Gino Marchetti and Alan Ameche incorporate their food businesses, and he often espoused liberal causes. "His range was enormous," said a legal colleague, Alan Yarbro of Ruxton.
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By Rona Marech and Rona Marech,Sun Reporter | June 27, 2008
When the Rev. Canon Eugene T. Sutton was elected the 14th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, the first person he called was his 94-year-old grandmother, a devout Baptist who lives in a Washington nursing home. "Her prayers for me have made all the difference in the world," Sutton said. But more than that, he knew she could appreciate the twists of history that led to his election. Sutton, who will be consecrated tomorrow as the state's first African-American bishop, is the great-great-grandson of slaves.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2013
Leta Dunham got her breakfast order to go at a Roland Avenue Starbucks Wednesday morning: a grande triple skim latte in her cup and, on her forehead, an ashen reminder that we are all destined to become dust. Dunham was among Ash Wednesday observers who took advantage of Ashes to Go, a service offered by area Episcopal and Methodist churches at more than a dozen spots around the city and nearby counties, part of a national movement that began with an Episcopal church in St. Louis in 2007.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2012
The Rev. Jason Catania was ordained an Episcopal priest a dozen years ago. He will be ordained again Saturday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. This time, he will be vested as a Roman Catholic priest. Catania moved to Roman Catholicism in January, along with the Revs. John Anthony Vidal and David Reamsnyder, two colleagues in the Episcopal priesthood. All three are set to be ordained this weekend. Several dozen parishioners who had been pastored by Catania, 40, at Mount Calvary Church on North Eutaw Street for six years have also converted to Catholicism.
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