Lawrence C. Provenzano to be ordained bishop in the Episcopal Church September 19 at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts 

by Martin Barillas Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island
36 Cathedral Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
For Immediate Release

Office of Communication Ministry
The Rev. Canon Kris Lee
(516) 248-4800 ext. 48

Lawrence C. Provenzano to be ordained bishop in the Episcopal Church September 19 at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

The Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, 54, of Longmeadow, Mass., will be ordained a bishop by the Episcopal Church on September 19 at 11 a.m. in a two hour service at the C.W. Post Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Brookville, N.Y. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the USA will be the chief consecrator; with 20 bishops from across the country participating in the "laying on of hands" that marks the consecration of a bishop.
Father Provenzano will serve as bishop coadjutor in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, with headquarters in Garden City, and become head of the diocese in November when the incumbent diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Orris G. Walker, Jr., retires after 21 years at the diocese.

More than 2,000 are expected to attend the ordination service, which will be part of a Holy Communion liturgy or mass. This will be the first mass celebrated by Provenzano as bishop. The preacher will be the Rev. Mpho Tutu, Founder of the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage, Alexandria, Va., and daughter of Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Other features of the liturgy will include:

-- The music, languages, and attendees at the service will highlight the wide diversity of ethnic and economic backgrounds of the members and communities of the 150 mile long diocese.

-- Civic leaders and ecumenical and interfaith guests will form a procession into the event symbolizing the hospitality of the diocese. At the entrance to the event, there will be two steel bands. The procession will be lead by liturgical dancers.

-- Fire department chaplains from Massachusetts will present the new bishop with a Pectoral Cross in recognition of his years of service with them. The cross is in the shape of a fire service medallion, a Maltese cross, embedded with shards of steel from Ground Zero.

-- Shinnecock Nation Indians of Long Island will present traditional celebratory gifts: Corn, Beans and Squash; Tobacco; Wampum shells; and a Rattle. These depict respect for life, strength and harmony as well as gifts for the bishop.

-- A 200 voice diocesan choir selected from more than 300 volunteers from parishes throughout the diocese will sing under the leadership of music director and organist Gregory Eaton.

-- 16 large banners emphasizing the Church's mission to Long Island and the world were designed and made by Father Provenzano's daughter Mary. The banners will be used to escort leaders and guests into the auditorium and will surround the altar to visually emphasize the diocese's mission focus.

-- The offerings at the liturgy will include monetary gifts and non-perishable food gifts. The money will be donated to local and international projects for the needy. The food will be distributed through food pantries of Episcopal Community Services of Long Island.

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano
Bishop Coadjutor
Episcopal Diocese of Long Island

Father Provenzano, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was elected bishop by the diocese on March 21, while he was rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Longmeadow, Mass. He previously was rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in North Adams, Mass. For ten years he was facilitator of the Longmeadow Clergy Association.

In Massachusetts, he was founder of a community coalition dealing with the needs of youth and their families following the tragedy at Columbine, founder of Louison House Shelter, and chairperson of the Northern Berkshire United Way.

Fr. Provenzano attended schools in Brooklyn and Queens and St. John's University, the University of the State of New York and Christ the King Seminary. He was received as a priest in the Episcopal Church in April of 1984. He is certified in the delivery of Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management, Pastoral Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.

He is married to the former Jeanne Ross, of Waterford, Conn., who was an Assistant District Attorney for Hampden County, Mass. They have three children, Kay, 25, Mary, 23, and Christopher, 20.

The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island extends from Brooklyn to Montauk Point and has health care facilities, schools, a seminary and 146 parishes and mission locations serving 53,000 members. The diocese is part of the Episcopal Church in the USA and the worldwide Anglican Communion of Churches.


The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts is at 20 Northern Blvd, Brookville, NY 11548. Tel: (516) 299-2752

News media are welcome and will have access to an audio multbox.

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