Episcopal News Service. September 17, 1993 [93161N]

The Rev. Thaddeus A. Bennett, who is nationally known for his work in AIDS ministry, has been hired as program coordinator for a pilot project linking ministry networks in the 18 western dioceses of Province 8. "We see this job as a facilitator, a catalyst, a connector," said Suffragan Bishop Chester Talton of Los Angeles, who heads the committee that will support Bennett's work. "We are operating from this fundamental truth: Ministry happens at the local level," Bennett said. "Our long term goal is to look toward General Convention in 1997 and be able to offer the church a successful model for ministry programs at the provincial -- instead of national -- level."

The Rev. Canon Michael P. Hamilton, senior canon of Washington National Cathedral, retired on August 31. Hamilton, 66, is an author and activist in the area of international peace initiatives, and an organizer of forums and conferences on ethical, scientific, social and political issues. He has been an active canon longer than any canon in the history of the Cathedral. In June, Bishop Ronald Haines of Washington, National Cathedral Dean Nathan Baxter and the Cathedral Foundation named Hamilton canon emeritus in honor of his service and ministry.

Mrs. Gay Totten has been named communications officer for the Diocese of Indianapolis. Totten, a communicant at St. Peter's Church in Lebanon, Indiana, has been editor of the Purdue University alumni magazine for the past 15 years. A key aspect of Totten's work will be acting as a bridge with local media during the 1994 General Convention in Indianapolis.

Patrick N. Getlein is the new managing editor of the Virginia Episcopalian. Getlein was director of publications and media at Christchurch School, a diocesan school in Christchurch, Virginia. He is a 1989 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, and is a native of New Haven, Connecticut.

The Rt. Rev. John William Hind has been appointed bishop of the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe of the Church of England. Hind, presently the bishop of Horsham, has worked with a number of ecumenical bodies, including the working group which led to the Meissen statement between the Church of England and the German Lutheran Churches. "The changing shape of Europe presents the churches with fundamental challenges to their witness and ministry," said Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey. "Bishop John Hind has the experience, knowledge and personal abilities to make the most of them."

The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey W. Rowthorn, suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut, has been appointed bishop-in-charge of the Convocation of American Churches in Europe by Presiding Bishop Edmond L. Browning. During the six-year appointment, which begins January 1, 1994, Rowthor will have responsibility for the congregations of the Episcopal Church of the U.S.A. that are currently located in Italy, Germany, Belgium, France and Switzerland. Rowthorn will serve directly under the presiding bishop. Rowthorn, a native of Wales who is now a U.S. citizen, has served as suffragan bishop for the Diocese of Connecticut since 1987. Before his election as bishop, he taught at Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.