The Transition Committee for the twelfth Bishop of Louisiana has announced the formation of a Gifts Committee to facilitate gifting for Bishop-Elect Shannon Duckworth. 

The Committee is Ms. Pat Brown, Rev. Canon Ronald Clingenpeel, and Ms. Rebecca Sadler.  They are working with Canon Duckworth as she prepares for her ordination in November.

On the gift lists are vestments and appointments the new bishop will need in her ministry in the Diocese and for the Church.  This includes liturgical vestments, a ring, pectoral cross, crozier (a shepherd’s staff), and various other items that are particular to the office of the Bishop.

The Committee has begun to contact groups and individuals who might be potential donors for these gifts. In addition, individual members of the Diocese will have the opportunity to contribute money to a general fund that will aid in purchasing these items.  Copes, mitres, purple cassocks, and bishop’s jewelry can be expensive, but working together, the members of the Committee believe that everything can and will be funded.  More information will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks as to how individuals might participate.  Solicitation of donors is starting this week and announcements of gifts and donors will be made as this progresses.  A list of possible gifting opportunities will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

If you would like more information or would like to support the work of the Gifts Committee, please contact Canon Clingenpeel at:  rhclingenpeel@yahoo.com .  Contact regarding questions, gifting options, or to support the work of the Committee.  A fund has been established at the Bishop’s Office to receive funds.  If you wish to contribute, please mark any donation as:  Bishop-elect’s Gift Fund. 

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