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7/27/2006

The Rev. Anne Berry Bonnyman  

 
[Episcopal News Service] 
 
  • The Rev. Anne Berry Bonnyman named first female rector of Trinity Church, Boston
  • Edgar Romig, retired rector of Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C., dies


The Rev. Anne Berry Bonnyman named first female rector of Trinity Church, Boston

[Source: Trinity Church in the City of Boston] The Rev. Anne Berry Bonnyman, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish in Wilmington, Delaware, was elected the first female rector of Trinity Church, Boston.

Her appointment came after an 18-month search and nearly 100 candidate interviews for someone to take the reigns of the 273-year-old Copley Square parish.

Bonnyman will lead one of the largest Episcopal parishes in the United States, with an annual budget of more than $8 million, a congregation of about 2,000, and a staff of nearly 40.

"I am blessed and honored to be called to Trinity Church," Bonnyman said. "I am excited by the vibrancy of this congregation and its commitment to faith, inquiry, and the world beyond its doors. My love for city ministry is rooted in my experience in Wilmington and I look forward to participating in this work in Boston. The Church in the city is a place of hope and possibility, a source of God's healing and vision for all people."

Bonnyman succeeds the Very Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III, who left in early 2005 to become dean of Washington National Cathedral. Between March 2005 and May 2006, the parish was served by Bishop Herbert A. Donovan, Jr.

"I am enthusiastic about Anne's election as rector of Trinity Church," said Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, of Massachusetts."Her vision of Trinity's place in the city is a compelling one and I look forward to working with her in the Diocese. Anne brings great spirit and personality combined with a sense of pragmatism. Along with the Episcopal Church's election nationally of Katharine Jefferts Schori as Presiding Bishop, Anne's call is another sign of women's leadership and gifts for ministry in our church."

Bonnyman holds a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Villanova University, and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Tennessee. She was ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee in 1983. Raised in a Roman Catholic home and primary schools, she was drawn to the Episcopal Church while she studied theology and scripture at Villanova. About her faith journey, she says:"One of the things I love most about the Episcopal Church is that we are curious and do not shrink from intellectual inquiry. Our faith is in God's ongoing revelation."

She is expected to begin her ministry at Trinity Church in October 2006. The date for her official installation ceremony has not yet been set.


 

Edgar Romig, retired rector of Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C., dies

[Source: Washington Post] The Rev. Edgar Dutcher Romig, 84, who served as rector of Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington, D.C., for nearly three decades, died June 13 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a stroke.

Acutely aware of the congregation's role as a downtown church, Romig often expressed his concern for the human and social needs of the community. An eloquent preacher, his noonday services during Lent were a major feature of downtown Washington's church life.

Romig was born in New York and graduated from Princeton University in 1942. During World War II, he served as a volunteer ambulance driver with the British 8th Army in the North African campaign and later as an infantryman in the U.S. Army's 12th Armored Division. Wounded in action during the Battle of the Bulge, he received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and other commendations.

After the war, he received the Chancellor Greene Mental Science Fellowship in Philosophy to study at Princeton and then attended Harvard Law School for one year. In 1947, he contracted polio and for six months was paralyzed, except for his hands. It gave him "time to think," he told the Washington Post in 1965.

After a long hospital stay, he enrolled in what is now Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received a master of divinity degree in 1951.

Romig, whose father and brother also were ministers, served as assistant minister at Trinity Church in Boston from 1951 to 1953, as rector of Grace Church in North Attleboro, Mass., from 1953 to 1958 and as rector of St. Stephen's Church in Lynn, Mass., from 1958 to 1964.

Romig was mugged on a Washington street and lost an eye.

In a 1969 interview, he defended sermons of social content but noted that ministers should be "slow to set themselves up as experts."

"The churches would die if they were simply chapels for a few suburban people," he told the New York Times in 1986. He noted that Church of the Epiphany often scheduled workday events to reach people in the area during daytime.

Romig approved the ordination of the first self-avowed lesbian in the Episcopal Church.
As a candidate for bishop of Washington, he withdrew his name in favor of John Walker, who was elected the first African American bishop in the Episcopal Church in 1977.

He was active in the affairs of the Washington Diocese and was a delegate to six General Conventions, serving on the ministry committee during a time of tumult concerning the ordination of women. He retired in 1992.