Diocese of Southwest Florida

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January 4, 2011

Lee County, Florida, has had its share of tough times. Having gained notoriety in 2009 as the foreclosure capital of the nation, its unemployment rate continues to hover around 13 percent, far above the national average.

As the ranks of the unemployed struggle to make ends meet, two Fort...

July 22, 2010

Launching a $3 million capital campaign in the midst of a recession is not for the faint of heart. But then again, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Boca Grande, Florida, is a unique congregation in a unique community.

St. Andrew's is a century-old church in the exclusive resort town on...

November 11, 2009

St. Paul's Episcopal Church "just felt so strange" to Victoria Ellis when she first visited the Pomona, California, parish a few years ago.

Not the liturgy; the seating. Gone were the once-standard forward-facing stationary wooden pews. Instead, rows of linked rust-colored fabric chairs...

December 3, 2008

Anticipating that economic hard times will persist in 2009, the Diocese of Southwest Florida is giving congregations its own version of a one-year economic stimulus package by lowering apportionment payments by 20 percent.

The Diocesan Council approved a plan Nov. 22 that will require...

November 30, 2008

Throughout his ministry, the Rev. Stephen Morris has "prayed for a generous amount of imagination and a practical plan." Morris, 43, said in an interview that he will continue that prayer when he moves from east to west across Florida from St. James Episcopal Church in Ormond Beach, where he is...

February 6, 2008

St. Peter's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Florida, has once again changed the vision for its building expansion, adding two floors and $3 million to its most recent plan.

The one-story, 18,000-square-foot office and meeting complex, in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, was...

February 5, 2008

The Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida's third annual "Believe in a Miracle," will welcome approximately 700 women who are registered for a day of renewal February 9 at the Venice Florida Community Center, where 1,000 participants can be accommodated.

The day will include Episcopal...

November 25, 2007

John B. Lipscomb, who recently retired as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, has announced his intention to leave the Episcopal Church to join the Roman Catholic Church.

In a November 20 letter, Lipscomb told the members of the diocese that he had written to Presiding...

May 16, 2007

Bishop John Lipscomb of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida sent a letter to the clergy and people of the diocese May 16 announcing that he would be retiring on or before November 1.

 

Lipscomb, 56, has been on medical leave since December 12, 2006 because of a continued...

December 15, 2006

Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida Bishop John Lipscomb went on short-term medical leave December 12 because of a "continued decline" in his health due to Parkinson's disease and malaria.

"During my hospitalization in November, my physicians strongly encouraged me to take a short-...

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