Episcopal Church elects its youngest Presiding Bishop in nation’s history-rich denomination

July 5, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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NATIONWIDE — THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH ELECTED THE YOUNGEST PRESIDING BISHOP at the denomination’s triennial General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. At his upcoming consecration, Rowe, 49, will succeed the Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, the first African-American Presiding Bishop. An offshoot of the Church of England in the U.S., the Episcopal Church has been the spiritual home of many American founding fathers and U.S. presidents, the most recent being George H.W. Bush. President Bishop-elect Sean Rowe, leader of two small dioceses along Lake Erie in western Pennsylvania, was elected on the first ballot, gaining the required majority of 89 votes in the House of Bishops, which convened Wednesday in the Episcopal cathedral. Upon his election, he expressed a sobering call for the church, which has faced division and chronic membership loss, to confront an “existential crisis,” according to the Associated Press. The House of Deputies, consisting of clergy and lay people, confirmed Rowe’s election with 95% of the vote.

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano of the Diocese of Long Island, took part of the Procession of Bishops to the election of a new Presiding Bishop. Photo courtesy of Randall Gornowich
The Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano of the Diocese of Long Island, took part of the Procession of Bishops to the election of a new Presiding Bishop. Photo courtesy of Randall Gornowich

Bishop Lawrence Provenzano, who leads the Diocese of Long Island (including Brooklyn ), and the diocese’s Assistant Bishops Geralyn Wolf and William Franklin were present at the General Convention.

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