The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT), consistent with the Canons of The Episcopal Church, shares Notice of an Accord regarding clergy discipline of the Very Rev. James A. Kowalski. The Notice of an Accord can be found here. En Espanol aqui.
Before reaching agreement on the terms of the Accord, the disciplinary matter was referred to a Hearing Panel. Members of the Hearing Panel were the Rev. E. Page Rogers (President), Mrs. R. Jill Foster, and the Rev. Joseph Shepley. Pursuant to Canon IV.13.3 of the Canons of The Episcopal Church, the Hearing Panel is required to make “broadly known to members of the Church and Church media” all documents filed with or issued by the Hearing Panel. Those documents include the following:
The Very Rev. James A. Kowalski previously served in the following Connecticut parishes: Trinity Church in Newtown, Good Shepherd Church in Hartford, and St. Luke’s Church in Darien. Bishop Douglas and Canon for Mission Integrity and Training Robin Hammeal-Urban have been in contact with each congregation and will continue so in the coming weeks to respond to questions, concerns and assist with the processing of this news.
Commenting on this disciplinary action, Bishop Douglas said: “I am thankful to the members of the Disciplinary Board and the Hearing Panel of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut for their faithfulness in pursuing their canonical responsibilities. I pray that this disciplinary process will bring healing, restoration, and wholeness to all affected.”
Additional information on the Clergy Discipline Process can be found on the website of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut here.