Episcopalians connected

Congratulations to the Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific at its 120th Commencement on May 23. Bishop Tom, a 1981 graduate of CDSP, also holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University.

At the same ceremony, the Rev. Stephen Applegate, Rector of St. Luke’s, Granville, and president of the Trustees of the Diocese, received his Doctor of Ministry from CDSP in Advanced Studies in Congregational Development. Applegate, his Senior Warden and their respective spouses attended the graduation ceremony, along with Margaret Breidenthal.

Congratulations to the Rev. Canon Manoj and Joelle Zacharia on the birth of their second child, son Johan Mathew, on May 30. Manoj serves as Sub Dean at Christ Church Cathedral.


The Rev. Deniray Mueller and Karen Peeler at their reception

Best wishes to Karen Peeler and the Rev. Deniray Mueller, (right) who celebrated a blessing of their marriage on May 17 at Trinity, Columbus. Peeler and Mueller were married Dec. 13 in New York.

Mike Smith


Bishop Breidenthal received the Holy Orders of the Rev. Michael Smith during Eucharist at Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park, on June 4. Smith’s priestly orders were received from the Roman Catholic Church. Welcome to Michael as he joins the clergy team at Redeemer.


The Rev. Nancy Turner-Jones has been called as Priest-in-charge at St. Barnabas, Montgomery. She will begin her ministry Aug. 1

The Rev. David Getreu has been called as Priest-incharge at St. Philip’s, Circleville. He begins his ministry with the congregation July 6.



Dr. Michael Murray, organist at St. Mark’s, Columbus, retired June 15 after 30 years of helping the congregation glorify God and worship through the spirit of music. The congregation honored Murray with a grand reception after his last service. Happy retirement Michael!



Dr. Loretta Graner has announced her retirement as music director at Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park. The congregation celebrated her 22-year ministry of music on June 15. Loretta received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in May from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Congratulations Loretta!

The Rev. Roger Foote retired June 1 as rector of Christ Church, Glendale.

The Rev. Robert Fisk is retiring at the end of June as priest-in-charge to NMVEC and will be available for Sunday supply in the Columbus area.

The Rev. KyungJa Oh has accepted a call to serve as Director of Field Education and Anglican Formation at Bexley-Seabury Seminary Federation. Her last Sunday as rector of Church of the Advent, Walnut Hills, was June 15.

The Rev. Tom Fehr’s last Sunday with the congregation of Grace, Pomeroy, was June 22.



Pat Haug, executive assistant to Bishop Breidenthal, has announced her retirement effective Sept. 1. Pat has served as a member of the diocesan staff since August 1994. After 20 years of service as receptionist, administrative assistant to multiple canons and executive assistant to the bishop, Pat says she is ready to travel, play in her garden and spend (even) more time with her grandchildren. Pat has been a steady and gracious presence at Diocesan House and will be greatly missed.