Sunday, March 22, 2009

St. Andrew's pastor to be L.I. bishop

The Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, pastor of St. Andrew's Church, was elected bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island on Saturday.

Provenzano's election came during the diocesan election convention, which convened at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, N.Y.

Provenzano was elected on the second ballot.

"It's very exciting," Provenzano, 54, said Saturday night, though he added "there's kind of a bittersweetness to all this."

"There's a sadness. Longmeadow's been home for over 14 years," said Provenzano, who will remain at St. Andrew's until at least summer. He became pastor in January 1995.

Because the election falls within 120 days of the General Convention, Provenzano must receive the consent of the General Convention (the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops).

He will be consecrated on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Born in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn on Jan. 25, 1955, Provenzano holds a bachelor's from the State University of New York and a master's of divinity from Christ the King Seminary.

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