Suffragan bishop of Maryland announces retirement

Bishop John Rabb announced yesterday to the Diocese of Maryland that come this Fall he will retire from the active ministry.

“I am responding to what God is calling me to in a new season of ministry,” Rabb, the second highest ranking Episcopal official in Maryland, told clergy and lay members of the diocese Friday morning at the opening of their 226th convention.

“I will be doing a combination of teaching, continued work in ministry development, preaching in a different venue, my Franciscan studies and writing,” Rabb said. “I love the Diocese of Maryland, all of you, each congregation and everything we have done. I have felt loved by this diocese, far more than I would have imagined. So my very good friends, it is with love that I say thank you.”

As bishop suffrgan of Maryland, Rabb oversees the ordination process, clergy deployment, deacon formation and deployment and Christian formation, according to the diocese. He shares visitations and confirmations with Eugene Taylor Sutton, the bishop of Maryland.

From the Baltimore Sun here.

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