The Rt. Rev. Edward Konieczny

The Rt. Rev. Edward Konieczny
Oklahoma City
Nominated by José R. Escalera 

From the website of the Episcopal Church:

“The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny was elected the fifth Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma on May 5, 2007 and consecrated on September 15, 2007.

“Bishop Ed, as he is known, was born December 20, 1954 at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane Washington….

“Following graduation from High School Bishop Ed attended college part-time while beginning a career in Law Enforcement. From 1975 until 1992, Bishop Ed served as a Police Officer with the Garden Grove and Anaheim [California] Police Departments. His assignments varied from Uniformed Patrol to Child Abuse/Sexual Assault to Vice. Bishop Ed received numerous commendations and was cited twice for Meritorious Service….

“Bishop Ed was ordained a Deacon and Priest in 1994 following completion of his Master of Divinity Degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. Since that time Bishop Ed has served churches in Texas and Colorado.

“In addition to his work in the church, Bishop Ed has served on numerous boards and committees including: Hillcrest Hospital Samaritan Board, Providence Hospital Hospice Board, Boy Scouts of America, Chamber of Commerce, Baylor University School of Social Services….”

José R. Escalera writes:

“The Rt. Rev. is the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of OK.  He has provided strong leadership and support to the Hispanic mission within the Diocese.  The doors of our churches are always open and ready to serve this community in time of need.  One such example is the Sta. Maria Virgen Church on the Southside, OKC, under his support aid was provided to the Tornado victims.”

On December 10th, the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance will honor human rights heroes from around our great state. A recognition program will take place at the State Capitol. Bishop Ed will be honored for his contributions to human rights in our state. More information about the program can be found here: “Celebrate Human Rights.”
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.” 
–Article 18 of the 
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