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Episcopal Bishop Curry To Retire Oct. 1

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The Rt. Rev. James E. Curry, bishop suffragan for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, will retire Oct. 1, the diocese announced Wednesday.

The church said that at 14 years, Curry is the longest serving bishop suffragan in the diocese’s history. He has been an ordained minister in the diocese for 29 years.

There are no plans to replace Curry, who was elected in 2000. The diocese’s other bishops are The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, bishop suffragan, and the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, bishop diocesan.

In a video accompanying the announcement, Curry said: “In the last couple years, I’ve been increasingly feeling the call to working in building bridges of reconciliation and re-creating community across the divisions of race and class, denomination and of geography here in Connecticut.

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Archdiocese Makes 2 Key Appointments

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The Rev. John L. Lavorgna

The Rev. Steven Chrysostom Boguslawski

The Rev. Steven Chrysostom Boguslawski

The Archdiocese of Hartford on Monday announced two key changes in its administrative offices.

The Rev. Steven Chrysostom Boguslawski was named to help Archbishop Leonard P. Blair administer the archdiocese as moderator of the Curia, effective May 1.

The Rev. John L. Lavorgna will become secretary to the archbishop and assistant chancellor on May 19.

The current moderator of the Curia, Bishop Christie A. Macaluso, will become rector and president of the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and continue as auxiliary bishop. The current secretary and assistant chancellor, the Rev. Jeffrey Romans, will become pastor of St. Bridget Parish in Cheshire. Continue reading

Episcopal Priest Saves Woman From Choosing One Sister Over Another For Kidney Donation

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Kim Polhemus and the Rev. Greg Welin

Two Connecticut sisters, both with a genetic kidney disease, are in dire need of a kidney. A third sister, without the disease, is a match but obviously can donate a kidney to only one.

The hospital asks her to choose.

Karin Hamilton, a communications officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, sets up this dilemma in a story posted on the diocesan website. Why does the Episcopal church take such a keen interest? Because the sisters find their salvation, quite literally, in the Rev. Greg Welin, an Episcopal priest. Read Hamilton’s story here.