On June 29, 1996, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, bishops laid hands on Paul V. Marshall, consecrating him as the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem. Yesterday was Bishop Paul's 12th anniversary of his consecration as the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem.
His column, Lucky Thirteen, appeared in the most recent issue (June 2008) of Diocesan Life. You may download it below.
Two years ago, I wrote in the July 2006 Diocesan Life that Bishop Paul’s ministry among us has been broad and deep: teacher, pastor, preacher, administrator, author, advocate and participant in ministry with people in the developing world, children and youth, the poor and the marginalized, advocate and reconciler with those within the church who consider themselves progressive as well as those who consider themselves traditionalists, interpreter of family systems theory, communicator within and beyond the diocesan community, a leader who consults with colleagues, and a person whose ministry as bishop proceeds from prayer and a contemplative vision of God’s kingdom.
Over the past two years, especially with our expanded ministry with the Diocese of Kajo Keji in southern Sudan and with the inauguration of the New Hope Campaign for the that diocese and the needy among us which has surpassed its goal, his ministry among us has grown even broader and deeper.
I hope to update the 2006 article within the next few weeks.
Playing on the meaning of Bethlehem (House of Bread), Bishop Cathy Roskam used bread metaphors through much of her sermon at the 1996 consecration. Download the sermon below.