Saturday, July 30, 2011

Eau Claire, Fond du Lac Ponder a United Future

Two northern Wisconsin dioceses, Eau Claire and Fond du Lac, will decide Oct. 22 and 23 whether to unite their people, form a new diocese and elect a new bishop.

In interviews with The Living Church, the two bishops who oversee the dioceses emphasized that the discussion is based on a vision for better ministry than on a sense of weakness in either diocese.

“I think we can do the ministry that’s needed in northern Wisconsin better together than we can separately,” said the Rt. Rev. Russell E. Jacobus, Bishop of Fond du Lac.

The decision “has to be based on your ability to do better ministry together,” he said. “It would mean moving two dioceses that have a limited number of congregations into one diocese that has a manageable number of congregations.”

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