Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rogers Harris, first Episcopal bishop to allow female priests in Southwest Florida, dies

Bishop Rogers Sanders Harris, the first Episcopal bishop to allow female Episcopal priests in Southwest Florida, died Thursday) in South Carolina. He was 87.

Bishop Rogers Sanders Harris, the first Episcopal bishop to allow female Episcopal priests in Southwest Florida, died Thursday) in South Carolina. He was 87.

Bishop Rogers Sanders Harris, the first Episcopal bishop to allow female Episcopal priests in Southwest Florida, died Wednesday in South Carolina. He was 87.

He became bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida on Sept. 9, 1989, at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in downtown St. Petersburg.

It was during his tenure that the diocese, which now includes 76 congregations along the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida, from Brooksville to Marco Island, began to ordain female priests. At the time, the diocese was one of seven in the Episcopal Church that did not do so.

The first woman he ordained was the Rev. Carol Schwenke, who now is at the Church of the Ascension in Clearwater.

Bishop Harris was born on Feb. 22, 1930, in Anderson, S.C. He received his bachelor's degree at the University of the South in 1952. He served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954 as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

His wife, Anne Harris, survives him.

Bishop Harris' funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, S.C.

Rogers Harris, first Episcopal bishop to allow female priests in Southwest Florida, dies 11/15/17 [Last modified: Thursday, November 16, 2017 9:50pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2018 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Clearwater City Council candidate Hoyt Hamilton: Experience is key for critical next term

    Elections

    CLEARWATER — By asking voters to elect him into office a fifth time, Hoyt Hamilton knows he's now considered part of the old-guard.

  2. Clearwater City Council candidate John Funk: City needs better planning

    Elections

    CLEARWATER — Voters may not be too familiar with the name John Funk.

  3. Inside American Stage's plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG

    An air compressor did most of the talking as the small crew stapled down flooring to the stage. A master carpenter kept unskilled but eager workers on track, telling them where to line up edges. An astringent smell of glue permeated the set of A Raisin in the Sun, opening Jan. 26 at American …

  4. After half a century, World Liquors sign may finally come down

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — The demise of the distinctive sign has been rumored many times.

  5. Crystal Lagoon planners brace for chilly ribbon cutting today

    Real Estate

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Mother Nature seems to have a way of putting a chill on one of the hottest amenities in residential real estate development.