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The Rt. Rev. William B. Spofford Jr., 4th Bishop of Eastern Oregon from 1968-1979, died Nov. 5 at his Portland home after receiving Ministration at the Time of Death. He was 92.
Two memorial services are scheduled: the first is Saturday, December 21 at 11 am at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland. The second is Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11 am at Ascension School Camp & Conference Center in Cove, Oregon.
The House of Bishops elected Spofford to serve as bishop to the Missionary District of Eastern Oregon in 1968, when he was serving at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Boise. He was consecrated in Ontario during a snowstorm on Jan. 25, the Feast day of the Conversion of St. Paul. As bishop, he often rode his motorcycle to visitations and meetings.
Spofford’s successor, the Rt. Rev. Rustin Kimsey, was the first bishop to be elected by Episcopalians in eastern Oregon. When he left the diocese, Spofford served as assistant bishop in the Diocese of Washington, and later as Bishop/Chaplain at St. George’s College in Jerusalem.
Both Kimsey and former Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning delivered homilies at a celebration of Spofford’s 90th birthday, held in 2000 at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Portland. Tributes from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the bishops of Oregon and Olympia were read at the service. The Presiding Bishop called his service “deep, wide and legendary.”
Spofford and his beloved wife Polly, who preceded him in death, lived in Boise, Salem and Portland after his retirement; they also had a vacation residence at Camp Sherman, Oregon. He is survived by five sons.
More information about Bishop Spofford is posted at the EDEO history and archives website: http://edeoarchivesandhistory.weebly.com/photo-blog.html and in a special edition of Bishop Nedi Rivera’s Blessings newsletter: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/RIP-Bishop-Bill-Spofford.html?soid=1107604773644&aid=owJLCsOHuNk
Fall Youth Retreat at Ascension School, Nov. 15-17
The retreat will include guided meditation, time for campers to talk about how they can make a difference in their schools and communities, and what they can take home to make that change. They will work on an Ascension School service project, and enjoy games, movies, and good food. The weekend begins with registration at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm, and the program at 7 pm.
Cost is $110. Scholarships are available: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The registration form is here:Fall Youth Retreat-1
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Nov 15-17 Diocesan Council and Standing Committee Retreat, Ascension School, Cove
Nov 15-17 Fall Youth Retreat, Ascension School, Cove