This is an important day for the nearly 8,000 Iowans of the Episcopalian faith in Iowa, as a new Bishop is being ordained in Des Moines. Reverend Sharon Mahood, spokesperson for the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, says Alan Scarfe was elected as the ninth Bishop of Iowa. Scarfe was serving in Los Angeles after coming to the United States from England. Mahood says the installation of the new Bishop is part of their normal worship service. She says the Bishop of Minnesota will conduct the actual ordination. Mahood says several other dignitaries from the church will be on hand. She says Neville Chamberlin, the Bishop of Brechin in Scotland, and Meshack Mabuza, the Bishop of Swaziland will be on hand as they have relationships with Iowa. Mahood says Iowa’s Bishop oversees all activities of the church in Iowa. Mahood says Scarfe will be a good leader for the church. She says he has an interest in empowering people to be active in the running of the church. The ordination is set for 10:30 this morning at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Des Moines.
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