Tuesday, September 22, 2009

LONG ISLAND: Provenzano becomes diocese's bishop coadjutor

From Episcopal Life Online-

The Rev. Lawrence Provenzano was ordained and consecrated as bishop coadjutor in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island September 19.
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was the chief consecrator for the service, which took place at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Greenvale, New York. Other consecrators included Newark Bishop Mark Beckwith, New Jersey Bishop George Councell, Long Island Assisting Bishop David Joslin and Western Massachusetts Bishop Gordon Scruton.

Beckwith and Councell served with Provenzano in Western Massachusetts before being elected bishop. With his consecration and ordination, Provenzano becomes the fifth active bishop who was elected out of Western Massachusetts. The Rev. John Tarrant will be the sixth when he is ordained October 31 as the next bishop of the Diocese of South Dakota.

The Rev. Mpho Tutu, founder and executive director of the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage, preached the sermon during Provenzano's ordination and consecration. There was a special collection of non-perishable food items that will be distributed by the diocese's Episcopal Community Services agency. The diocese's clergy continued their tradition of purchasing the bishop's ring, which was presented during the service.

Provenzano, 54, was rector of St. Andrew's Church in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, when he was elected March 21.

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