The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Retired Clergy

Retired Clergy Luncheons

Retired clergy in ECCT, along with spouses/partners, gather twice a year with at least one of the ECCT bishops for a luncheon and time for conversation, sometimes a speaker. The events are announced in the regular, monthly clergy eNewsletters. (more info and link to archives and to sign up, here). Questions and comments to Bishop Ahrens' office via administrator Pam Sola, email at or call her at 203-639-3501, ext. 108.

Retired Clergy Grant

There are grants available for retired clergy, here is an overview. You may access the application here, along with the Statement of Financial Condition. Questions and comments can be directed to Bishop Ahrens' office via administrator Pam Sola, email at or call her at 203-639-3501, ext. 108.

Retired Clergy Chaplains

In fall 2018 ECCT announced the selection of a chaplain for retired clergy in each ECCT Region. They were announced and commissioned at a luncheon on Oct. 30, 2018.

Marilyn Anderson The Rev. Marilyn Anderson - Northwest Region
Marilyn Anderson retired in early 2018 after having been rector of Christ Church Parish in Redding for twelve years. Prior to her call to Redding, Marilyn served as the associate rector at St. Andrew's in Madison.  She holds seminary degrees from Yale Divinity School and General Seminary. Marilyn lives in Salisbury, in the little town of Lakeville, with her husband Barry.  They have two adult daughters.  In her spare time she watches for bears, bobcats, and yellow-rumped warblers.
(203) 209-8589

Ben Brockman

The Rev. Ben Brockman - Northeast Region
Prior to retirement, Ben taught in the departments of English and Medieval Studies at UConn (Storrs, 1968-93) and served parishes in Litchfield (1987-93) and Fairfield (1993-2008). After retiring in 2008, he has served as interim rector in Westport and Storrs and priest in charge in Stafford Springs, and provided sabbatical, medical leave and Sunday supply priest assistance in the Hartford area and the eastern half of the state. He and his wife, Linda, live in Vernon.
(203) 260-2583

K. Dexter CheneyThe Rev. Cn. Dexter Cheney - South Central Region
Dexter Cheney and his spouse, the Rev Dr. Barbara Cheney began their ministries in Connecticut in 1993 following thirteen years of service in the church in Michigan.  In ECCT, Dexter principally served in interim ministry until semi-retirement in 2008.  He now serves as a supply priest and is a member of the  Parents and Family Advisory Council of the Northeast Medical Group, at Yale-New Haven Health and Seabury at Home Residents Advisory Council. Dexter and Barbara live in Hamden with their cat, Wendy. Dexter is a member of St. Thomas's Church in New Haven. 

Pete PowellThe Rev. Pete Powell - Southwest Region

Pete Powell is retired  as the President/CEO of a nonprofit, Homes with Hope in 2010.  He has enjoyed becoming more involved with ECCT since retirement and looks forward to getting to know the retired in his region better.  He is a Priest Associate at Christ & Holy Trinity in Westport and an Assisting Priest at St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square.  Pete is a post-modern biblical scholar and enjoys teaching on the bible at both churches.  Pete is looking forward to focusing on getting to know the Retired Clergy in the Southwest Region.

Diana Rogers

The Rev. Diana Rogers - Southeast Region
Diana is serving as provisional priest in charge at the Church of the Holy Advent in Clinton. Having just celebrated her tenth anniversary of ordination to the priesthood (General Theological Seminary 2008), she has served part time positions in St Paul and Austin, MN, and in Durham and Orange, CT.  Prior to her ordination, she worked in corporate America and as director of vocations for the VIIIth bishop of the Diocese of Minnesota, the Rt. Rev. James Jelinek. She had two adult children, one in NYC and one in Minnesota.
(860) 538-4480

Jon WidingThe Rev. Jon Widing - North Central Region
Jon has lived in Avon for past 34 years with Carol and son (Dan).PA. Jon served parishes in Pennsylvania and Delaware prior to coming to CT. He served as rector of Christ Church, Avon and most recently as the clergy at Christ Church, Sharon. In his retirement Jon attends Trinity Church, Hartford. He is passionate in Torah study, fly fishing, contemplative prayer, playing the mountain dulcimer and inner-faith collaboration. He is excited/committed to new and renewed collegial friendships.