The Diocese of Northwest Pennsylvania (Erie and its environs) has elected the Rev. Sean W. Rowe, 32, as its bishop. If confirmed, he will be, by far, the youngest bishop in the Church.
Rowe, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Pa., was elected on the first ballot. His election comes on the heels of the election last weekend of the Rev. Gregory Rickel, 43, as Bishop of Olympia in western Washington. With the Rt. Rev. Johncy Itty of Oregon, 44, they are the only bihsops in the Church below the age of 45.