Thursday, September 10, 2009

Former Episcopal bishop dies

From Omaha-

The Rt. Rev. James D. Warner, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, has died.

Warner, who was 85, died Thursday. He retired from Trinity Cathedral in Omaha in 1990.
Funeral services are pending.

The native of Sheridan, Wyo., came to Nebraska from Oshkosh, Wis., to be the state’s eighth Episocpal bishop.

He was consecrated Nebraska bishop on Nov. 30, 1976, in a service at St. Cecilia Catholic Cathedral because Trinity was too small to handle the crowd.

In 1983, Warner made another ecumenical move. On March 13, local Lutherans and Episcopalians shared Holy Communion at Trinity for the first time.

“It’s a brand new experience for us and it’s an exciting one,” Warner said at the time. “The Episcopal Church embraces this opportunity with enthusiasm but with caution.”

The service came about because of an agreement among the governing bodies of the Episcopal Church, the Lutheran Church in America, the American Lutheran Church and the Association of Evangelical Lutherans.

Warner graduated from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois and spent 10 years in Wichita, Kan., in addition to serving parishes in Marinette and Mosinee, Wis., before becoming rector in Oshkosh.

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