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CONNECTICUT: Second parish enters Episcopal oversight arrangement

10/9/2006

Bishop Clarence N. Coleridge, retired bishop of Connecticut  

 
[Episcopal News Service]  St. Peter's Episcopal Church in South Windsor, Connecticut, and Bishop Andrew D. Smith have formalized a Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight (DEPO) arrangement for the parish.

Bishop Clarence N. Coleridge, retired bishop of Connecticut, now living in Bloomfield, has agreed to serve as the delegated bishop.

This is the second parish to enter a DEPO arrangement; last fall, St. Paul's in Brookfield formalized a DEPO arrangement. Bishop Jeffery Rowthorn, retired bishop of the Convocation of American Churches in Europe, and former bishop suffragan in Connecticut, now living in Salem, agreed to serve as its delegated bishop.

DEPO is a plan developed by the House of Bishops to accommodate congregations that, due to theological differences, do not believe they can "receive appropriate pastoral care" from their diocesan bishop. The bishop delegates another mutually-agreed upon bishop to provide pastoral care. DEPO is a temporary plan undertaken while other steps toward restoring the relationship between diocesan bishop and parish are pursued. In Connecticut, the arrangement at both parishes is for three years.

Read the original plan