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COLUMBUS, OH: Episcopal Church elects Woman to be next Presiding Bishop

The Rt. Rev Katharine Jefferts Schori, Bishop of Nevada, was elected the next Presiding Bishop of the Episcoapl Church in formal pageantry on Sunday at Trinity Church, Columbus amidst enormously tight security. She was welected on the fifth ballot.

Apart from the bishops who voted, all others, including the media were heavily restricted on who could attend.

Result of each ballot. Need 95 to elect

Ballot
Alexander Gomez Gulick Schori Jenkins Parsley Sauls Invalid votes cast
First: 26 18 15 44 29 36 20 none 188
Second: 26 10 7
49
30
49
17
none
188
Third: 22
4
1
68
24
63
6
none
188
Fourth: 12
2
0
88
5
79
2
none
188
Fifth: 2
6
0
95
3
82
0
none
ELECTED

biographical Details of Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Scori

Katharine Jefferts Schori, 52, was consecrated the ninth Bishop of Nevada on February 24, 2001. She serves a diocese of some 6000 members in 35 congregations.

At the time of her election as bishop she was assistant at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis, Oregon where she served as pastoral associate, dean of the Good Samaritan School of Theology and priest in charge, El Buen Samaritano, Corvallis. She was ordained deacon and priest in 1994.

Prior to ordination she was a visiting assistant professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Religious Studies, a visiting scientist at Oregon State University’s Department of Oceanography, and an oceanographer with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle.

She received a BS in biology from Stanford University from Stanford University in 1974, and MS in oceanography from Oregon State University, 1983, a MDiv from CDSP, 1994, and a honorary doctor of divinity from CDSP, 2001.

She was born March 26, 1954, in Pensacola, Florida. She has been married to Richard Miles Schori, a retired theoretical mathematician (topologist) since 1979. They have a daughter.

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