Author Archives: Bishop William H. Ilgenfritz

Why do You Wear a Mitre?

Dear Bishop Bill: Why do you wear the Mitre and what does it represent? Curious Dear Curious, The Mitre or “headdress” is spoken of in the Old Testament as part of the clothing worn by the High Priest. Ex. 39:27-31 cf. Lv. 8:7-9 Some scholars believe the Apostles wore them while others date the first […]

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What is a Parish?

Dear Bishop Bill: Why do Anglicans call local churches parishes? It sounds like y’all are from Louisiana. Cogitating Dear Cogitating, Actually you’re on the right track. Parish is an ancient term for a subdivision of a Diocese. Each subdivision (think of it as a city) had a Parish Church and a Parish Priest. The term […]

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Losing Our Youth

Dear Bishop Bill: We are losing teens and twenty year olds en masse. And, they are not returning. In your experience, what are the ten most significant questions such a teen might have that keep him or her from returning to active church life? KW Dear KW: 1. “Church Is for adults and little kids, […]

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As We Prepare for the Paschal Feast

Beloved in Christ: The Proper Liturgy for Ash Wednesday calls the people of God to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. Self-examination in preparation for Easter, and indeed for every other celebration of the Holy Eucharist, is […]

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Bishop’s Christmas Message

Beloved in Christ, I am so pleased to bring you greetings as we celebrate this holy season. One of the most important Christmas greetings can be found in the Gospel of Saint Luke. It is given by the angel to the shepherds who were watching over their flocks by night. “Fear not; for, behold, I […]

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