Bishops On the Move

Once again, the bishops of the Province have moved around a bit! The Rt. Rev. Jack McKelvey, formerly Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Newark, was installed as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Rochester at a gala service at the Eastman Theater in Rochester, NY in December 1999.

The Diocese of Central New York, working with Bishop Clayton Matthews, Director of the Office of Pastoral Development, has put together a time-line and plan for their search for a new diocesan bishop. The Rt. Rev. David B. Joslin has accepted the request from the Presiding Bishop and the call from the Diocese of New Jersey to become the "Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey." In his letter announcing this change, Bishop Joslin said:

This call is great challenge to Katherine and me. It is also a cause of great pain because it means leaving Central New York and people for whom we care very deeply. In our time here we have come to love the beauty of Central New York, its parishes, youth, and above all you ó its people.

Much has happened since I became your bishop in 1991 and we have accomplished a great deal together during these years. We restructured our diocese to better serve the mission of the Church. We developed praiseworthy ministry to and with young people, and a high degree of support for our parishes, and their ministries. Many talented new clergy have joined our diocesan community. The Thornfield Conference Center is prospering and will be able to carry out an even richer ministry thanks to the new Thornfield Foundation. The Diocesan School for Ministry is getting under way with its promising potential. The Canterbury Way has provided a dynamic kind of corporate rule of life for many of our clergy and lay people. Ministry to clergy and clergy families has been a very high priority. All this has taken place in the context of ongoing and evolving ministries to the deaf and to those on campuses.

I am very proud of our diocese, where we are, and what we have accomplished. The Diocese of Central New York is strong and healthy. Our sister diocese of New Jersey has been going through a difficult period. I am honored and humbled to have been asked to help them rebuild for the future. In responding to the call to New Jersey I will take with me the spirit of the Diocese of Central New York and the wisdom I have gained from working with you in the Lordís sevice.

My three year commitment in New Jersey will begin on 1 February, 2000. Between now and then there will be opportunities to reflect on our life together and to say goodbye.

The Rt. Rev. Jeffery Rowthorn, Bishop of the Convocation of American Churches in Europe, announced his retirement last spring. At the Annual Convention of the Convocation Churches in Florence, Italy, this fall, however, he announced that he will be remaining with the Convocation for two years as part-time bishop. He and his wife, Anne, will spend six months of the year in residence in the Convocation and the other six months in Connecticut. The Convocation is in the midst of exploring the possibility of electing their bishop, who is, at present, appointed by the Presiding Bishop. As the first full-time bishop the Convocation has ever had, Bishop Rowthorn has made such a difference in the life and ministry of the churches of the Convocation that those churches hope that his work will be able to be continued by another full-time bishop.

In the Diocese of Newark, The Rt. Rev. Jack Croneberger will take up the duties of Diocesan Bishop as The Rt. Rev. John Spong leaves after convening the 126th Annual Diocesan Convention at the end of January, 2000. While he and Christine plan to continue to reside in the diocese of Newark, Bishop Spong will begin a lectureship at Harvard University on February 1, 2000.

The province has also lost a retired bishop this fall. The Rt. Rev. James Stuart Wetmore, Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York from 1960-1987, died December 28, 1999 in the Lutheran Care Center, a nursing home in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was 84 years old. Bishop Wetmore was the longest serving Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of New York which was founded in 1787. He chaired the group that founded the Council of the Churches of the City of New York in 1960 serving as one of its Directors from 1962 until his death, and he chaired the committee that created the Anglican Church's exhibition in the 1964 World's Fair held in Queens. He was also known for his ecumenical work which included being the first non-Roman Catholic to preach from the pulpit of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan in 1968 as well as serving as chair of the diocesan Ecumenical Commission from 1969-88, representing the Episcopal Church at many interfaith events.

A Funeral Eucharist was held at Grace Church, Millbrook where he and Mrs. Wetmore lived on Thursday, January 6, 2000 at 11 am with the Rt. Rev. Mark Sisk, Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of New York, presiding. The interment of his ashes will take place at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on March 25, 2000.

Bishop Wetmore was born on Oct. 22, 1915 in Hampton, New Brunswick Canada. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Kings College University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1938 followed by a Licentiate in Theology in 1939. He continued his studies at Kings College earning a Bachelor of Sacred Letters in 1949 and in 1960, he became a Doctor of Divinity. His fondness for his alma mater manifested itself throughout his life. He served as a Governor of King's College from 1971-74. He was President of the Friends of Kings College from 1959 until his death. He was ordained a Deacon in 1938 by the Archbishop of Nova Scotia and then ordained a priest in 1939 by the Bishop of Fredericton. It was quite a departure for a member of the Wetmore family to go into the priesthood, for the men of the family had mostly been teachers. He became the first priest in the family's direct line since the Rev. James Wetmore, who was Rector of Christ Church in Rye, NY from 1723 to 1760. Bishop Wetmore was a curate for two years and a rector for six years before becoming connected with the General Board of Religious Education of the Anglican Church of Canada in 1947. He was with the board for six years, the last two as assistant general secretary.

His ecumenical work as a Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of New York provided an opportunity to break new ground in interfaith dialogue. He was a founding Director of the Council of Churches of the City of New York from 1962 until his death. He was a Director of the Council of Churches for New York State from 1965-68. In 1969, Bishop Wetmore began his 19 years as Chair of the diocesan Ecumenical Commission.

His many responsibilities in the Diocese of New York included a 20-year tenure as Secretary of Diocesan Council beginning in 1968. Bishop Wetmore was President of the Episcopal Housing Corporation from 1971-88. From 1960-67 he was a Vice President of Seamen's Church Institute and the Episcopal Mission Society. As a Bishop of the Episcopal Church he served on many committees. He was the Chair of the Episcopal World Fair Committee from 1962-66. From 1956-63, he served on the Advisory Committee of the Leadership Training Division Department of Christian Education of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church. He served as Secretary of the House of Bishops of Province II of the

Episcopal Church from 1960-65 then as President from 1973-79. He was Chair of the Christian Education Committee for the House of Bishops from 1973-79. He served many communities in the Diocese of New York. From 1965-71, he served the Westchester Committee on Alcoholism as Director of the Metropolitan Urban Service Training. He was Vice President of the Regional Church Planning Commission from 1966-71. From 1967-77, he served as the Director of the St. Simeon Foundation in Poughkeepsie, New York.

He began his career in the field of Christian Education at a time when it included summer camps. In 1953 he received a letter from the Rev. Dr. John Heuss, the Rector of Trinity Parish, Manhattan and chair of the Diocese of New York's Department of Christian Education. The letter proposed that Wetmore become the director of the Department. This surprised Wetmore who had not seen Dr. Heuss for two years. The two men had known each other for six years, having met while Dr. Heuss was director of the National Council's Department of Christian Education. Bishop Wetmore served as the diocesan Director of Christian Education from 1953-60. He served in the North American Administration Committee of Christian Education for the World Council of Churches from 1954-64. From 1960-67 he was a trustee of St. Hilda and St. Hugh's School, New York City.

Bishop Wetmore's other accomplishments include: Canon of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1959; President of the Anglican Society from 1970-77; he became Director of the Richmond Fellowship in 1970 and its President from 1976-78; a sub-prelate in the Order of St. John Jerusalem; President of the Good Shepherd-Island Corp from 1974-78; an affiliate of the Society of the Atonement; and he was the author of Master What Shall We Do?

His wife of 59 years, Frances Howard Robinson survives him. Bishop and Mrs. Wetmore met while they both attended college and married in 1940. Bishop Wetmore's children are: Nancy Faulds of Putnam Valley, New York; Charles Edward Wetmore of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Stuart Andrew Wetmore of Warwick, Rhode Island; Mary Bohun of Cortland Manor, New York; and Jane Robin Gulotta of New Paltz, New York. There are 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Bishop Wetmore had three sisters and all predeceased him.

--return to contents 


Peace, Security, and Prosperity in the New Millennium

The Millennium brings forth a time of peace, security, and prosperity, which we all experienced at the stroke of midnight. No Y2K problems, no glitches, no fighting or wars, but a time of joy and rejoicing all over the world. A celebration of a new beginning a time to dismiss the anger we have with friends, family, and others. A time to let go of the memory of people who has done us wrong. It is a time to put down weapons of destruction, prejudices and grudges. It is a time to look at all people who are different from us as children of God. A time to move forward, plant a vine and fig tree in our yard. For the vine is a symbol of peace and security and the fig tree a symbol of peace and prosperity. After planting our vine and fig tree, we must invite those whom we have alienated or those who has alienated us to come under our vine and fig tree. To meet and work out a resolution so progress can be made. We must move on where peace, security, and prosperity will be our forever.

As the ECW struggles through its transition of being all inclusive, I appeal to all ECW members to ask the Lord to sustain us with the holy spirit, for him to give us an inquiring and discerning heart and a spirit to know and love him. Secondly, for us to acknowledge that we are family; that God created each and every one of us, that we are related as family by his love. We must praise the Lord for his goodness and kindness to us, for he is our King and Savior. My third appeal is for us to become encouragers of change, for God to provide us with a spirit where our lights will shine with a brightness and warmth for all people. My final appeal for the Millennium, is taken from Zechariah 3:1-10 "...invite each other to come under your vine and fig tree".

So I invite you to join me under the vine and fig tree to stimulate our minds, humble our spirits, and open our hearts to accept the love of Jesus Christ. May we all continue to move toward Peace, Security, and Prosperity in this Millennium.

Your Sister in Christ,
Lillian J. Davis-Wilson,
President, Province II ECW

--return to contents 


Finger Lakes Conference 2000

Program for the Province II Finger Lakes Conference being held at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY on June 25 to June 30, 2000

General Lecturer: The Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, Rector, St.Clement's Church, New York City Finding Time to Have A Spiritual Life

- Prayer when you're too busy - Prayer when you're too distracted- Prayer when you're too angry- Prayer when you don't know how to begin and when your tried-and-true routine doesn't work anymore. There's nobody who cannot have a closer walk with a loving God. In our time together, we'll consider many concrete ways to begin or enhance that walk.

Chaplain: The Very Rev. Gladstone "Skip" Adams, Rector, St. James Church, Skaneateles, NY.

Music Director: Mrs. Miggs Coleman

1. Help, Lord, it's Not Working! How can we Pray With the Lights Out? The Rev. Kathryn C. Matthewson, Assistant Rector of the Church Of The Redeemer in Greenville, SC Executive Committee of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer

2. The Rhythm And Legacy Of Celtic Prayer - The Rev. Mark Al. Scheneman, Rector, St. John's Carlisle, PA

3. Wholeness Healing: Awakening the True Self - The Rev. Diane M. Cox, Minister in the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Healing Practitioner

4. Disabilities, Access, and Christian Community - Catherine J. Edwards, B.S., and James S. Evinger, M. Div.

5. Christian Values in Recent Short Stories - Prof. Richard Quaintance, Ph.D., Professor of English Emeritus, Rutgers

6. Children in Church: Congregations in Bloom - The Rev. Caroline S.Fairless, Director of the Center for Children at Worship and Associate Rector of St. John's Church, Roanoke, Virginia.

For further information contact: The Very Rev. Diana Purcell-Chapman, P.O. Box 492, Wellsville, NY 14895-0492 or call 814 228-3482, e-mail:dinfre@netsync.net

--return to contents 


The Presiding Bishopís Fund for World Relief

Joyce Hogg

Thank you for your support of The Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief during 1999. This was an outstanding year for The Fund for; it began with the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch. The people of our Church responded in a phenomenal way to their brothers and sisters in Central America whose lives

had been devastated. Because of your generosity, The Fund was able to work with the Diocese of Honduras to begin building an Anglican Village. Members of he Executive Council of the Episcopal Church along with the Presiding Bishop visited Honduras in October to visit the site of the village, to bless

the houses, break ground for the church, bless the clinic and meet the people who will live there. Some members arrived early in order to spend time working at the village. Members of the Board of The Presiding Bishop's Fund arrived the next week and they too rolled up their sleeves, picked up their

shovels and worked side by side with the recipients to build houses. They are not the only ones who have visited Honduras for this purpose, volunteers have been traveling there from the United States since last summer and more are booked to go and work. In fact, people are booked all the way through August

of this year. And that is not all, individuals, congregations, deaneries and dioceses have sent in money to cover the cost of building a home. For just $3,100 you can provide a house with electricity, potable water and sanitation in our village. The Presiding Bishop's Fund has purchase more land for more homes. People throughout our Great Church have given money and Province II has been included. The Diocese of Long Island is working on its fourth house. In the Diocese of Rochester, the people are contributing to what has been dubbed "The House that Jack Built" This is to mark the beginning of Bishop Jack McKelvey's episcopate in that diocese. Won't you join in and help build a house?

The Fund did lots more during the year, we have responded with Emergency Grants for flooding, ice storms, drought, hurricanes, tornadoes and famine. This was only possible because of your generous gifts. 1998 was a record year of giving to the Fund, and we had surpassed that total by November of 1999! The year ended with yet another disaster, this time in Venezuela and once again Episcopalians opened their hearts, and their wallets to help those in need.

Projects for Hope, a program which lists specific projects in need of funding was launched in September and by year's end, over $118,000 had been contributed. This would be a wonderful way to give sacrificially during Lent. Projects range from $250 to a few thousand and help fund programs throughout the world. Please contact Joyce Hogg at 800-334-7626, extension 6027 for more information.

Each diocese has a Diocesan Fund Coordinator who can give you more information about the mission and ministry of The Fund. We are need of a representative in the Diocese of Central New York. Is there a volunteer out there?

For up to date information about The Fund, visit our web site at http://www.pbfwr.org

--return to contents 


Deepening the Center

On July 5, 2000, the Community of the Holy Spirit (CHS) will initiate a year-long residential spiritual-growth program entitled "Deepening the Center" at its convent in Brewster, NY.

The Reverend Mother Madeleine Mary, CHS, Superior, says:

"In our fast-paced world, a young woman may find herself overwhelmed with too little time to reflect on the meaning of her life and her direction, or to ask what God wants of her. The "Deepening the Center" program has been designed to be a resource for just such women." Under the direction of a sister, participants will form a community which will live and work alongside the monastic community, and will experience retreats, instruction in Bible study, and other aspects of spirituality, spiritual direction, study and rest. Participation in community life and involvement in some aspect of the work of the monastic community are also important elements to the program. There is no charge for the program. Room and board, health insurance and a small living allowance will be provided. Enrollment is limited and highly selective. Women between twenty-forty years of age, who are committed to their spiritual growth and are in good health, may apply. Those interested should write by April 25, 2000 to:

The Community of the Holy Spirit
Attn: The Rev. Mother Madeleine Mary, CHS
621 West 113th Street
New York, NY 10025-7916

Founded in 1952, the Community of the Holy Spirit is a religious order of women in the Episcopal Church called by God to witness to the Holy Spirit in the church and in the world and to foster and express unity in diversity in its life and work. The sisters lie in community under a rule of life which requires life vows, daily liturgical and personal prayer, and service to others. Their life encourages wholehearted response to the invitation of Jesus Christ and to the changing needs of the world.

Contact: Pamela Mosley
Phone: 212-666-8249 ext. 312
e-mail: chsasst@interport.net

--return to contents