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Canon Scanlan Elected Bishop

Adapted from a report by the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania has elected the Rev. Canon Audrey Cady Scanlan as its 11th bishop. Scanlan is canon for mission collaboration and congregational life in the Diocese of Connecticut. She was elected on the second ballot. The electing convention met at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Harrisburg on March 14.

“I am delighted to have been chosen to serve as the next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania,” Canon Scanlan said. “I look forward to a challenging and fruitful time working alongside the faithful people of the diocese to join in building God’s Kingdom. … God is good and there is much joy in store for us.”

The Rev. Nathan Baxter, the diocese’s 10th bishop, retired in May 2014 after serving for eight years. The Rt. Rev. Robert Gepert is provisional bishop. The consecration is scheduled for Sept. 12 at the Downtown Hilton in Harrisburg.

Canon Scanlan was born in New York and has lived in Connecticut for the past 50 years. She and Glenn, her husband of 30 years, are the parents of Emma, 27; William, 25; and Harriet, 22.

The other nominees were:

  • The Rev. Canon David A. Pfaff, 49, former canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Milwaukee
  • The Rev. Douglas Everett Sparks, 59, rector of St. Luke’s Church in Rochester, Minnesota


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