BY JUDY CARMACK BROSS
Pilot, oceanographer, the first female chief bishop (known as a primate) of the Anglican Communion—with all these achievements and interests, it is no wonder recently retired Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori was recently honored by Episcopal Charities and Community Services at their Bishop’s Ball held November 4 at the JW Marriott.
The Right Reverend Jeffrey Lee welcomed over 400 Episcopalians and friends from across the Diocese of Chicago to the 57th Annual Bishop’s Ball, which supports the work of its ministry partners. Cheryl Rogers, President of the ECCS Board, recognized the efforts of The Reverend Jim Steen, the recently retired former director of ministries in the diocese. Guests also congratulated the newly-elected Bishop of Indianapolis, The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows (formerly the director of networking in the Chicago diocese).
On the day of the Cubs triumphant victory parade, there was extra excitement in the air that evening, particularly surrounding the bidding on Wrigley Field Skybox tickets to a next-season Cubs game! Adding to that energy was the spirited dance music of Joe Lil, proving once again why orchestra is a Ball tradition.
Founded in 1960, Episcopal Charities and Community Services (ECCS) continues to transform thousands of lives from Peoria, Rockford, Freeport, and downtown Chicago to the Fox River Valley and DeKalb County. ECCS adheres to the motto of “by communities for communities,” building partnerships across the diocese to ensure successful outreach and support. Some of these ministry partners include Lawrence Hall Youth, St. Leonard’s Ministries, Bishop Anderson House, Youth Guidance, St. Mary’s Services, Cathedral Counseling Center, Ravenswood Community Services, Primo Center for Women and Children, Shelter Care, and the latest, ElderCARE in Waukegan. Georgianna Gleason serves as ECCS Executive Director.
Photo credit: Corey DiNardo