Area clergyman consecrated as ECC+USA bishop

From:  FosterŐs Daily Democrat   Friday, November 6, 2009



Courtesy photo The Rev. Thomas F. Coover during consecration ceremonies as bishop of the Diocese of St. Andrew, ECC+USA.

DOVER — The Ecumenical Catholic Church+USA, with national headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, has announced the election and consecration of Reverend Thomas F. Coover as one its bishops for the nationwide Catholic denomination.

Rev. Coover currently serves as volunteer chaplain for the UNH Police Department and is also employed at the University of New Hampshire.

His selection was made by the Council of Bishops during their annual meeting in May and later confirmed by a vote of the Council of Laity. The consecration took place during the yearly Synod of clergy and laity on Oct. 10. He succeeds the retired bishop of the Diocese of St. Andrew, ECC+USA, in providing pastoral care for Independent Catholics in New Hampshire with Episcopal jurisdiction in the greater New England area.

The newly-consecrated bishop is a native of Iowa but has ministered for throughout the greater Dover area since 1982. He has served in pastoral positions in local parishes, health care facilities, and in educational programs. In his new position as bishop, he will provide both pastoral and administrative care for members of the ECC+USA community throughout New England. He will continue to reside in the Seacoast area and is available for weddings, baptisms, funerals and other pastoral needs.

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