Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bishop-elect to take reins of Pittsburgh's divided Episcopal diocese

From The Pittsburgh Tribune Review-

While the Rev. Dorsey McConnell is getting to know the windy roads and unusual landscape of Western Pennsylvania, he said he’s learned, “if you make a wrong turn, you don’t regret it.”

McConnell’s path to religion has had similar detours, all which led to his role as bishop-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.

McConnell will be consecrated on Saturday in Calvary Episcopal Church in East Liberty. The diocese has 36 active congregations in 11 counties.

“The first thing is to get to know the people,” said McConnell, 58, who moved to Edgewood in August. “A lot of time will be spent the way I like it — getting out to meet people and listening to their stories.”

Church deputies, clergy and designated diocesan leaders elected McConnell, rector of Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, Mass., to the position in April. He succeeds the Right Rev. Kenneth L. Price Jr., who has served as provisional bishop since 2009.

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