Jacob W. Owensby ordained as bishop of Western Louisiana

By ENS staff
Posted Jul 23, 2012

Bishop Jacob W. Owensby. Photo/Richard Schori

[Episcopal News Service] The Very Rev. Jacob W. Owensby was ordained and consecrated on July 21 as the fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana during a service at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Shreveport.

Owensby, 54, succeeds the Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson, who is retiring after leading the diocese as its bishop for the last 10 years.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori served as chief consecrator during the service. Co-consecrators were MacPherson and Bishop George Wayne Smith of Missouri. Nine other Episcopal bishops and one Lutheran bishop also participated in the service. The preacher was the Very Rev. Brian Grantz, dean of St. James Cathedral in South Bend, Indiana.

Owensby served as dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral, the seat of the Western Louisiana diocese, since January 2009. He previously served as rector of Emmanuel Church, Webster Groves, Missouri; as rector of St. Stephen’s Church, Huntsville, Alabama; and as assistant rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in Jacksonville, Florida. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Emory University, and a Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori with Western Louisiana Bishop Jacob Owensby. Photo/Richard Schori

Shortly after his election on April 21, Owensby said: “I am humbled to be called to be the fourth bishop of Western Louisiana and filled with affection for the good people who make this part of our state their geographical and spiritual home … My first and most important job is to love the people of this diocese and to help them grow in their witness to the extravagant love of God in Jesus Christ. I am especially looking forward to building deep relationships with my fellow clergy, visiting with our congregations and helping them to grow in vitality, and serving our Lord together with these wonderful people.”

Owensby is married to Joy, and they have three children; Andrew (23), Meredith (19) and Patrick (15).

The Western Louisiana diocese extends from the Arkansas border to the Gulf of Mexico and includes 52 congregations.


Comments (7)

  1. Bruce Gardner says:

    The episcopal honeymoon seems remarkably short. The new bishop posted this the first day on the job:

    “Finally, General Convention approved provisional rites for the blessing of same-sex unions with the permission of the diocesan bishop. As your bishop I do not authorize use of these rites in this diocese.”

    1. Fr John Crean says:

      Two questions . . . Where is this diocese located again? (Answer: Louisiana). And secondly, did not the search committee scope out the candidate’s philosophy and theology??? (Answer: If they didn’t do their homework, well . . .)

    2. Brad Ems says:

      I’m a little shocked by this reaction. Do Episcopalians not value diversity in their church?

      1. Clark Myers says:

        Yes, we do… ALL sinners are welcome!

        Just because we love the sinner does not mean we must endorse or condone the sin.

  2. ginger paul says:

    I am so sad. The great celebration really led backward. I can’t tell you how much I am thankful for the majority of our great church.

  3. Father Mike Waverly-Shank says:

    Don’t forget the General Convention resolution allows Us in the Church whose conscience and faith won’t allow us to do same gender blessings to refuse them. The Bishop of Western La. is just making such a stand. We make the same stand in Albany.

  4. Lou Taylor says:

    The committee did its job very well and we are well pleased with our new Bishop. Diversity and love will help us all find the way.

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