Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bethlehem Episcopal Bishop Marshall to resign at year's end

From The Diocese of Bethlehem-

Episcopal Bishop Paul V. Marshall, who has guided the Bethlehem diocese for 17 years, has informed the diocesan Standing Committee that he will resign as bishop at the end of the year.

"A number of circumstances and conversations have made it very difficult for me to continue as bishop of the diocese that I have come to love with all my heart," Marshall, 65, said Monday in a letter to the committee.

"I will resign for the canonical reasons of 'advanced age,'" he said.
Marshall said that, on Aug. 1, he will turn ecclesiastical authority over to the Standing Committee, the elected advisory board of the diocese.v

Canon Andrew Gerns, Standing Committee president, will consult with Bishop Clayton Matthews, at the Episcopal Church office in New York City, to plan the selection of Marshall's successor.
Neither Marshall nor Gerns could be reached for comment Friday.

Marshall was elected eighth bishop of the Bethlehem Diocese in 1995 and installed in 1996. He succeeded Bishop Mark Dyer, who led the diocese for 12 years before retiring to teach at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Originally ordained a Lutheran minister, Marshall was a pastor and teacher in Minnesota and Wisconsin before he became an Episcopal priest and worked in several New York churches and schools.

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