Bishop McConnell and the entire Convention warmly welcomed the Rev. Huett M. Fleming, Jr. and deputies of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Hazelwood, as the parish resumed full and active participation in the Episcopal Diocese after a period of five years. As with other parishes that have followed a similar path, Good Shepherd’s return to active status came without penalty or repercussion.
Kathi Workman was introduced as the new diocesan Treasurer. She replaces Carl Hockenberry, who returned to private practice earlier this year. Kathi spent the last ten years as accountant and office manager at St. Paul’s Episcopal Nursery School and previously worked at Action Industries and Ernst & Young. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rev. Scott Russell was re-introduced to the diocese as the new rector at St. Brendan’s, Franklin Park. The parish’s recent interim rector, the Rev. Dr. William Pugliese, will continue to be involved in Fresh Start and several other projects in the diocese.
Tribute was paid to the people of St. Andrew’s, New Kensington, under the recent leadership of the Rev. Norman “Chips” Koehler and Alice Ramser, as they conclude a period of assessing their future. Bishop McConnell indicated the diocese will, for the foreseeable future, maintain the property for the benefit of the local community.
The former site of St. Christopher’s, Warrendale, has been sold, with the bulk of the proceeds to be returned to the diocesan investment pool. Closing occurred on November 7. The bishop has asked his strategic planning task force to explore new ministries for the Warrendale/Cranberry area.