Saturday, May 22, 2010

New assistant bishop led multifaith effort in Nebraska

From Maryland-

The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop of Maryland, has appointed an assistant bishop to serve full time in the Episcopal diocese for two years, beginning after Bishop John L. Rabb's recently announced retirement takes effect Jan. 1, 2011.
The Rt. Rev. Joe Goodwin Burnett, bishop of Nebraska, will serve as assistant bishop of Maryland, effective April 1, 2011.

"It gives me great pleasure to know my colleague and friend Joe Burnett will be able to accept my invitation to come to the Diocese of Maryland to assist us during these years of transition," Sutton said in a statement accompanying the appointment. "He is known as a leader in the Episcopal Church, whose experience, intellect and wit will be greatly appreciated by everyone here."

Burnett broke the news to Nebraska lay and clergy members in a letter dated May 15 -- coincidentally, his 62nd birthday.

After 44 consecutive years of full- or part-time work in the church as a student pastor and youth minister, seminarian, parish priest, seminary professor and bishop, Burnett said it was time to step back from the all-consuming work of a diocesan bishop. After working approximately two years with Sutton, now finishing his second year as bishop of Maryland, Burnett plans to move toward full retirement.

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