Bishop Chilton Knudsen to visit June 22

Bishop Chilton Knudsen

Bishop Chilton Knudsen

Please welcome The Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, former Bishop of Maine and current Assistant Bishop of New York, when she visits St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 22.  Bishop Knudsen has recently been appointed Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Long Island.

Bishop Knudsen  received her M. Div. from Seabury- Western Theological Seminary in 1980, and was ordained deacon in 1980 and priest in 1981. In 1987, she was called as Pastoral Care Officer (later Canon for Pastoral Care) in the Diocese of Chicago, where she developed a nationwide ministry of consulting and training about Sexual Misconduct in church settings. The material she developed continues to be widely used.

Bishop Knudsen has a long and personal interest in issues of addiction and recovery, especially regarding systems (congregations, dioceses, organizations) that have experienced the subtle yet powerful effects of addiction-in all its forms-in clergy or lay leaders. She planted three new Maine congregations (including Maine’s only Latino congregation) and led in the revitalization of several congregations, including congregations that suffered from the aftermath of addiction in their leadership.

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