Welcome to town, Bishop Ahrens

I see in the Courant this morning that Laura Ahrens, a newly elected Episcopal bishop, the first woman bishop in Connecticut, is planning to get hitched to a lawyer and move to West Hartford soon.

According to the paper, “Ahrens is currently the rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Danbury, where she started in 2000 after serving as associate rector of St. Luke’s in Darien. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1984, a Master of Divinity from Yale University in 1991 and a Doctorate of Ministry from Hartford Seminary in 2000. She was ordained a priest in 1992.

“Ahrens will begin her new job this spring and is scheduled to be consecrated June 30, 2007, at Christ Church Cathedral. She is engaged to be married next year to Bob Fawber, a lawyer with Cummings & Lockwood, and intends to live in West Hartford after her marriage.”

We’re glad to have you in West Hartford, bishop. This town could use a little more religious authority keeping an eye on all of us.

One other thing… Why is this story in Tuesday’s Courant instead of Sunday’s issue? Ahern was elected Saturday at a cathedral in Hartford, only a few blocks from the Courant itself. It’s yet another sign of decay at the nation’s oldest continuously published paper.

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