Construction starts on Rio Grande conference center: Anglican Ink, December 9, 2011. December 10, 2011Posted by geoconger in Anglican Ink, Rio Grande.
Tags: Bosque Conference Center, Michael Vono
First printed in Anglican Ink.
Construction begins next week on the renovation of the Diocese of the Rio Grande’s Bosque Center in Albuquerque. The diocese will invest $1.5 million to renovate the former Spiritual Renewal Center it purchased on January 30, 2011 and will house the diocesan offices, a state-of-the-art conference center and a 45-room retreat house at the new facility.
Built in 2004 by the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de’Ricci, the sisters turned the five acre facility over to a trust in 2009 to manage due to their dwindling numbers and declining health.
The Bosque Conference Center will be a “focal point” for the Diocese of the Rio Grande, the Rt. Rev. Michael Vono said earlier this year “because our diocese is the whole state.”
“Centered in the heart of Albuquerque, it will become the diocese’s heartbeat, giving new life and growth to evangelism in this third millennium and inspiring reconciliation in Christ,” Bishop Vono said.
The New Mexico Business Weekly stated that diocesan officials believe the project will infuse over $5 million into the local economy and will hire local contractors, architects and construction workers to build the center.
Anglican Unscripted: Sept 25 2011 September 27, 2011Posted by geoconger in Anglican Consultative Council, Anglican.TV, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of Ireland, Global South, Lambeth 2008, Property Litigation, Rio Grande.
Today is history is still happening and Kevin and George explain the Déjà vu that surrounds the first and (maybe) last Lambeth conference. Sound confusing — then click to play.
Also in this episode your hosts discuss the Global Souths momentous challenges on the other side of the Great Wall, and Canterbury Contributor Peter Ould brings us news on the new woes in the Church of Ireland. Finally AS Haley has help for those of you who can’t sleep at night because you are uncertain if TEC will ever change?
Another parish quits the USA church: CEN 11.07.08 p 6. November 7, 2008Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Rio Grande, Secession.
|The steady spate of parish defections from the Episcopal Church continued unabated last week, as a Texas parish announced it had quit the Diocese of the Rio Grande.
On Oct 21 the vestry of St Francis on the Hill in El Paso, Texas voted to quit the Episcopal Church. Parish spokesman Ron Munden stated the “separation was mandated by the congregation and ratified by the vestry.”
Read it all in The Church of England Newspaper.
Terry Kelshaw leaves US Church:CEN 2.22.08 p 7. February 21, 2008Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of the Province of Uganda, Rio Grande.
The retired Bishop of the Rio Grande has quit the Episcopal Church in the United States for the Church of Uganda. The Rt. Rev. Terry Kelshaw will be the ninth US bishop to quit the American church in the past 12 months in protest to the Church’s leftward drift on doctrine and discipline.
On Feb 14 the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Rio Grande in New Mexico announced Bishop Kelshaw had written to US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori announcing his resignation from the House of Bishops. Bishop Kelshaw’s successor, Bishop Jeffrey Steenson quit the Episcopal Church for the Roman Catholic Church in September. Three other American bishops have gone over to Rome, two to the Southern Cone, one to Uganda and one to Nigeria.
Born in Manchester, Bishop Kelshaw trained at Oakhill College and was ordained a deacon then priest in the Diocese of Bristol in 1967/1968. He served the Church of England for 14 years in university and parish ministry and moved to the United States to join the staff of the Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in 1980. He was elected Bishop of the Rio Grande in 1988 retiring in 2005.
“I wanted to leave the Episcopal Church five or more years ago but believed then that having a Diocese to care for it would be harmful to them,” Bishop Kelshaw told The Church of England Newspaper.
“Frankly I have not taken Holy Communion in the House of Bishops in about thirteen of the fifteen years I was in there because I did not consider myself in fellowship due to the pronouncements they were making concerning themselves and the church,” he said.
Bishop Kelshaw stated that he will become “Bishop in Resident” at St. James, Newport Beach, California. St. James quit the diocese of Los Angeles in 2004 to join the Church of Uganda and is currently involved in litigation with the diocese. Being an “Episcopal” bishop while serving the Church of Uganda congregation in California “would create difficulties” in the litigation he noted.
“My ministry will be here in the US,” he said, and “hopefully [be] away from the present punitive, tyrannical, oversight” of the Episcopal Church.
The Episcopal Church was in a “mess”, Bishop Kelshaw observed. “For such a small Province in Anglicanism it has attracted far too much attention. In fact, I am not at all convinced it has ever been Anglican?” he remarked.
Bishop Jeffrey Steenson of the Rio Grande: CEN 9.28.07 p 8. October 2, 2007Posted by geoconger in Anglican Album (Photos), Church of England Newspaper, House of Bishops, Rio Grande.
Jeffrey Steenson of the Rio Grande. This photo first published in the Church of England Newspaper, 9.28.07
Bishop quits after summit: CEN 9.28.07 p 8. October 2, 2007Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, House of Bishops, Rio Grande, Roman Catholic Church.
The Episcopal Church’s civil war over homosexuality claimed another victim this week, after the Bishop of the Rio Grande, Dr. Jeffrey N. Steenson announced to the US House of Bishops meeting in New Orleans that was renouncing his orders and planned upon entering the Roman Catholic Church at year’s end.
Bishop Steenson becomes the third American bishop to quit the Episcopal Church for Rome this year following in the wake of the former Bishop of Albany, Daniel Herzog and the former Bishop of Fort Worth, Clarence Pope.
“The reason for this decision is that my conscience is deeply troubled about where the Episcopal Church is heading, and this has become a crisis for me because of my ordination vow to uphold its doctrine, discipline, and worship,” Bishop Steenson wrote in a Sept 21 letter to his clergy.
In an interview with The Living Church magazine Bishop Steenson said the March meeting of the US House of Bishops had decided the matter for him. It had been a “profoundly disturbing experience” he said.
“I was more than a little surprised when such a substantial majority declared the polity of the Episcopal Church to be primarily that of an autonomous and independent local church relating to the wider Anglican Communion by voluntary association. This is not the Anglicanism in which I was formed; inspired by the Oxford Movement and the Catholic Revival in the Church of England … honestly, I did not recognize the church that this House described on that occasion,” he said.
Elected bishop of the Albuquerque-based diocese in 2005, Bishop Steenson was the last bishop consecrated by the American Church who would not ordain women to the priesthood. Women candidates for ordination in the Rio Grande have been ordained on his behalf by his predecessor, Bishop Terry Kelshaw.
On Sept 26 Bishop Steenson and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will meet with the Rio Grande clergy “for mutual conversation,” writing that he acknowledged “with regret for how this may complicate your own ministry.”
However, in his statement to the House of Bishops announcing his resignation, Bishop Steenson wrote, “My conscience is deeply troubled, because I sense that the obligations of my ministry in The Episcopal Church may lead me to a place apart from scripture and tradition. I am concerned that if I do not listen to and act in accordance with conscience now, it will become harder and harder to hear God’s voice.”