Bishop John Stowe Joins National Council as Bishop President

Pax Christi USA is pleased to announce that Bishop John Stowe has been confirmed by the PCUSA National Council as bishop president of the council.

Bishop Stowe is a Conventual Franciscan Friar and has served as the bishop of Lexington, KY since May 2015. Currently, for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops he serves on the committee for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the bishops’ anti-poverty initiative. He has a history of working on social justice and peace concerns including as a PCUSA local leader in California.

About working with PCUSA Bishop Stowe said, “The Four Principle Initiatives of Pax Christi USA, concerning peacemaking, disarmament, economic and racial justice and human rights, are all issues that are critical in my understanding of the gospel and practice of our faith. I look forward to working with these committed members of the Church who strive to live the beatitudes and plan to deepen my own commitment to building peace.”

Prior to his appointment by Pope Francis as bishop, he was rector and pastor of the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio and a vicar provincial for the Conventual Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation. Bishop Stowe also served in El Paso, TX as moderator of the curia and vicar general for the diocese. During that time, he worked on border issues and was present with the immigrant community.

“Bishop Stowe brings much experience working for peace with justice and clearly has a heart for gospel nonviolence.” Sr. Patricia Chappell, executive director of PCUSA said. “We are pleased to welcome Bishop Stowe as our bishop president.”

Bishop Stowe will be present at the next national council meeting this summer.