March 10, 2013
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia has elected a Kentucky priest as its sixth bishop.
A special council of clergy and lay people selected the Very. Rev. Mark Bourlakas in voting Saturday in Roanoke. He will succeed Bishop Neff Powell, who is stepping down in July after serving for 17 years.
Bourlakas currently is dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville, Ky. He previously served parishes in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Transition committee chairwoman Jenny Fife tells The Roanoke Times that Bourlakas will be consecrated in July during a ceremony at the Roanoke Civic Center.