Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Presiding Bishop the Right Reverend Sean Rowe


Presiding Bishop the Right Reverend Sean Rowe

The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of the Episcopal Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York, was elected and confirmed the 28th presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church on June 26 for a nine-year term beginning on November 1, 2024.

Rowe was chosen from among five nominees on the first ballot. Following his election by the House of Bishops, the House of Deputies confirmed the election.

Rowe, 49, was ordained bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania in 2007 and became bishop provisional of Western New York in 2019. From 2014 to 2018, he served as bishop provisional of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Rowe earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Grove City College, a master of divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in organizational learning and leadership from Gannon University. Rowe was the youngest Episcopal priest in the U.S. when he was ordained in 2000 at age 24, and he was the youngest member of the House of Bishops when he was ordained and consecrated at age 32.

Known for his research and work on organizational learning and adaptive performance in the church, Rowe serves as parliamentarian for the House of Bishops and the Episcopal Church Executive Council; chair of the Episcopal Church Building Fund; and as a member of the Standing Commission on Structure, Governance, and Constitution and Canons. He also serves on the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. In 2018, he became the first bishop to serve on the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church.

Rowe is married to Carly Rowe, a Christian educator; they have a daughter named Lauren.

The presiding bishop will be consecrated on All Saints Day on November 1st, 2024.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Margaret Alice Carr Hershberger ~ September 20, 1932 - April 15, 2024

 HERSHBERGER ALICE (Margaret Alice) (nee Carr) September 20, 1932-April 15, 2024 Passed away on April 15, 2024 at Cathedral Village, Philadelphia. Born on September 20, 1932 to Dugald and Margaret Carr. Alice was the beloved sister of William Carr and Dorothy Jensen; the faithful wife of John R. Hershberger, Jr. (1929-2010); the devoted mother of James (1954-2011) (Susan), Robert (Denise), John (Sharon), and Richard (Anne Dorwart) Hershberger; the cherished grandmother of Margaret (Stefan) Kilyanek, Monica Hershberger (Dan Tramte), and Roger and Margaret Hershberger; and the celebrated great-grandmother of Helena Kilyanek and Anton Tramte. 

Alice's devotion to family enabled her husband John's 30 year career as a U.S. Navy Commander and Chaplain. Alice was a dear friend to many throughout her life, most recently as a member of Cathedral Village Retirement Community. 

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 10 A.M., St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 630 E. Cathedral Rd., Phila., PA 19128. 

Donations are requested in Alice's name to the Staff Education Fund at Cathedral Village, 600 E. Cathedral Rd., Phila., PA 19128.