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Bethany School is very proud of eighth-grader Michael W. of West Chester, who qualified to compete in the state level of the National Geographic Bee. Michael achieved this privilege by winning the Bethany School geography bee, then taking a test to see if he could advance to the state level. He ended up being one of the 100 top scorers in the state! Photo by Melinda Boyd.


Good Friday

Members and friends of St. Matthew’s, Westerville, walked the streets of Uptown Westerville on Good Friday, stopping at various points to observe the Stations of the Cross and offer prayers. Lamina Flemister, Maggie Leidheiser- Stoddard, Paul Scanlan and Fr. Joseph Kovitch (pictured above) pray in front of Hanby Elementary School. Photo by Cathy Bagot.


The Rev. Edward Payne concluded his ministry as Priest-in-Charge at St Francis, Springboro, April 30. He is available for clergy supply throughout the diocese.

The Rev. Rose Anne Lonsway, resident at St Peter’s, Delaware, has been elected rector of Grace Church, Willoughby, Ohio (Diocese of Ohio). Her last Sunday at St Peter’s is April 26.

The Rev. Joanna Leiserson concludes her ministry as interim at St Anne’s, West Chester, on May 10.




A service to commemorate the life of Ernestine Banker Gerhard will be held at St. Thomas, Terrace Park, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 4 p.m. Ernestine was the widow of the Rev. Robert Gerhard, long-time rector of St. Thomas. She died Dec. 15. Donations can be made in Ernestine’s name to the Botanical Garden at the Cincinnati Zoo.



Janet Wiechert, widow of the Rev. Hillman “Jack” Wiechert, died on April 11, 2015, at the age of 92. The Wiecherts served the congregations of Trinity, London, Epiphany, Urbana and St. George’s, Dayton, before leaving the diocese for Willoughby, Ohio, in the 1970s. The Wiecherts returned to Southern Ohio and made their home in Cincinnati after retirement.