Lexington Theological Seminary is honored to welcome Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., as he preaches during our January Intensives on Friday, Jan. 15 at noon. He will also inaugurate and bless the Masters in Pastoral Studies/Roman Catholic Studies program. His homily is titled “The Beloved Community — Brothers and Sisters All.”

Bishop Stowe has served as the third Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington since 2015. He was born in Amherst, OH. After a year of community college, he joined the formation program for the Conventual Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation at St. Bonaventure Friary in St. Louis, MO. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy and history from St. Louis University in 1990. He subsequently earned a Masters in Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Church History from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. He made his solemn vows in August 1992 and was ordained to the priesthood in September 1995.

Bishop Stowe has served as a pastor in Texas, Moderator of the Curia, and eventually as Chancellor for the Diocese of El Paso. In 2010, he was elected Vicar Provincial of the Province of Our Lady of Consolation and became Pastor and Rector of the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, OH. He has a passion for justice and frequently speaks about issues that affect the Church.

The worship service will be live streamed on the Seminary’s Facebook page. For more information, please contact Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean Rev. Dr. Loida I. Martell at lmartell@lextheo.edu.