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Former Syracuse Priest Named First Black Female Bishop of Episcopal Church

By Staff


Photo: Diocese of Indianapolis

Diocese of Indianapolis Bishop-elect Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows. Photo: Diocese of Indianapolis

Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, a former Syracuse priest, has been elected the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis at Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis.

Baskerville-Burrows is the first black woman to be elected as a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church.

Originally ordained by the Diocese of Central New York, she’d previously served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Syracuse, and now serves as director of networking for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

“In 19 years of ordained ministry, and especially in the past five helping to oversee and restructure the Diocese of Chicago, I’ve supported communities of transformation, communicated a vision of hope, and gathered and networked God’s people across distance and difference,” Baskerville-Burrows stated. “I believe these experiences have prepared me to lead, and serve in the particular place that is the Diocese of Indianapolis.”

Pending the consent of a majority of the Episcopal Church’s diocesan standing committees, and bishops with jurisdiction, she will be ordained and consecrated as bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis on April 29, 2017, at Clowes Hall at Butler University, church officials stated.

Visit the church’s website, at, for additional information regarding Baskerville-Burrows’ appointment.

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