Syracuse gets first female Evangelical Lutheran bishop

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2002

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- The first female bishop elected to lead the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has promised to ''serve as the pastor to the pastors of our congregation.''

Marie C. Jerge, 49, from the Buffalo suburb of West Seneca, is the sixth female bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She will lead 84,000 Lutherans in 200 upstate New York churches.

Her two-hour installation ceremony at First Presbyterian Church United was held Saturday, drawing 600 people.

''It is an awesome day,'' Jerge said.

Jerge, appointed to a six-year term, succeeds Bishop Lee Miller, 63, who retired in August after 10 years.

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