Congratulations, Bishop Doug, on the 35th anniversary of your ordination to the priesthood! The Diocese of Northern Indiana wishes to congratulate you, thank you, and offer prayers for you as you celebrate this milestone on Sunday, June 2, 2019.
Dana Sparks, spouse of Bishop Doug, has this to say about the past 35 years.
From ministering in St. Louis soup kitchens, to serving in a community with a thousand parishioners, and then driving the mountain circuit between five congregations in Colorado — from ministry on the North Shore of Chicago, to a small-town Wisconsin parish, and a larger program sized parish outside Milwaukee — then trekking halfway around the world to be dean of the national cathedral in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand — Doug’s faith and passion have been constant. Coming back to ministry in the U.S. brought us to a loving parish in Minnesota and now a loving diocese in Northern Indiana.
Throughout the journey, Doug’s inclusive spirit, forgiving heart, and truth-telling witness have always brought a fruitful ministry. He’s so grateful to be your bishop, but also to be a servant with you in ministry … in this Beloved Community. Thank you for your prayers.
Please continue to keep Bishop Doug, Dana, and their family in your prayers. And we look forward to many more years of ministry with Bishop Doug as the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana!
Special thanks to Dana for providing the images for the photo gallery below.