The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, is a frequent leader of retreats and conferences on spirituality and prayer. Formerly the Canon Pastor of Washington National Cathedral and Director of the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, he has served as a college chaplain, parish priest and professor in homiletics and liturgy at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. The author of several articles on spiritual practices and preaching, he is a contributor to the book The Diversity of Centering Prayer.
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The Right Rev. Joe Goodwin Burnett
Assistant Bishop of Maryland
Bishop Burnett was ordained and consecrated Bishop of Nebraska on September 13, 2003. A native Mississippian, he attended public schools, and graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, with a B.A. in 1970. He later earned M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary in New York City. Drawn to the Episcopal Church during his seminary years, he was confirmed in 1972, and became a postulant and then candidate for holy orders from the diocese of Mississippi. He was ordained deacon in 1974, and priest in 1975. In Mississippi, he served a succession of parishes for twenty-five years before becoming Professor of Pastoral Theology at the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1999.