Bishop Rich Lipka is the Suffragan Bishop of our Diocese and Bishop-in-residence at the cathedral. He was ordained a priest in 1966 in Rome, Italy. He has served as senior pastor of churches in several states on the mainland United States and in Hawaii in the Roman Catholic Church and the Episcopal Church. He has been active in the liturgical renewal movement since 1978. He has taught semi- nars and published articles in the areas of practical application of the Bible to daily life. He was conse- crated Bishop of the Diocese of the Hawaiian Is- lands and the American Protectorates in the Pacific in 1995. In 2004 he moved to Maryland to serve as the Diocesan Bishop for the Delmarva Peninsula.

Bishop Lipka is a graduate of St. Mary’s College (B.A.); the Pontifical Gregorian University (S.T.B.); St. Mary’s Seminary (M.A.); and the University of Maryland (M.S.W.). He has pursued doctoral studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and the International College and Gradu- ate School. He was part of the faculty of St. Michael’s Seminary (of the CEEC) in Hawaii. He is a licensed clinical social worker and a diplo- mate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Bishop Lipka was born and raised in Wilmington, DE. He is married and the father of four. His wife, Susan, and his family, are active in ministries at Holy Trinity Cathedral and in the Diocese.

Bishop Lipka and his wife Susan will be visiting Saint Stephen Church during the second weekend in June, and will be celebrating the Eucharist and preaching on Sunday, June 10. We will have a com- munity gathering on Saturday, June 9, at 6:00 PM. The gathering will include a pot-luck dinner and plenty of time to socialize and fellowship. Please put this on your calendar and plan to be with us!