USA: Pax Christi USA adds new bishop-president


from National Catholic Reporter

12/2/18 - For the first time in six years, Pax Christi USA has a bishop president.

Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky, has joined the national council of the Catholic peace organization.

Sister Patricia Chappell, Pax Christi USA's executive director, said Stowe was a good fit with its values of peacemaking, disarmament, and racial and social justice.

"Pax Christi USA traditionally has had a bishop president," she told Catholic News Service.

She cited the bishop's ministry to poor and marginalized people throughout his priesthood as why the organization asked him to consider joining the council. He also serves as bishop liaison to the Catholic Committee of Appalachia.

"Bishop Stowe, being a bishop in one of the poorest dioceses in the U.S. brings a pastoral dimension to his ministry, listening to the struggling people of his diocese," explained Chappell, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

The diocese covers 50 counties in central and eastern Kentucky and includes 40 counties that are part of Appalachia, where 74 percent of children live in poverty...

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