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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) The former rector of the nation's largest Episcopal church has become a Roman Catholic.
The Rev. Larry Gipson was dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham from 1982-94 and rector at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, where his parishioners included former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, from 1994-2008.
PELHAM, Ala. (RNS) Five years ago, Living Word Church had dwindled to 40
members, had lost its founding pastor and was unable to pack more than
about 80 people into its 280-seat sanctuary and unsure of the future.
Now, it's part of one of the nation's largest megachurches -- and
could serve as a model for the thousands of small U.S. churches that are
closed every year.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) EWTN Global Catholic Network, the
Alabama-based international media enterprise founded by Mother Angelica
in 1981, has signed a letter of intent to acquire the National Catholic