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ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE BISHOP'S OFFICE
The Rt. Rev. Andrew
August 20, 2014
The sixth bishop of the Diocese of
Western Massachusetts, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Frederick Wissemann, died peacefully
at home early this morning. Bishop Wissemann served the people of this
diocese with clarity of purpose and compassion during his eight-year episcopate.
'A soft-spoken, self-effacing, scholarly man whose genuineness and
sympathy were immediately apparent to all, he was, by gift and temperament,
more inclined toward the pastoral model of a bishop than the lordly,'
wrote diocesan historian Richard Nunley. Raised up by the Church in
Western Massachusetts for leadership in 1983, Bishop Wissemann had been the
beloved rector of St. Stephen's in Pittsfield for sixteen years. His
pastoral care extended to both St. Martin's in Pittsfield and St. Luke's,
Lanesboro. Prior to that he served as rector of St. James,
Greenfield from 1960-1968 following seven years of service to churches in
the Diocese of Connecticut.
The life of any bishop cannot be adequately measured
by a list of achievements, though Bishop Wissemann had many. The only
measure is the standard of the Gospel and Bishop Wissemann proclaimed the Good
News in word, in deed and in the example of Christian family life. Our
hearts go out to Andrew's wife, Nancy, who has been partner to his mission
and ministry for 61 years, to his son, his three daughters, and his five
grandchildren. It was my priviledge to enter the sacred space of his
dying last night to pray with him and his family in their vigil of
hope and faith.
The family has made the following arrangements. Please join us - in person or in prayer - as we celebrate the life and resurrection of our brother, Andrew.
Calling Hours: Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield
Sunday, August 24th, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Burial: Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield
Monday, August 25th, 11:00 AM
with a reception following
*Vesting Clergy: white stoles
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.