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Massachusetts reverend elected Episcopal bishop of North Carolina

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A Massachusetts reverend was elected Saturday as the next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.

Rev. Samuel Rodman, who currently serves as the special projects officer on the Massachusetts diocesan staff, was elected XII Bishop Diocesan on the third ballot during a Special Electing Convention in Phillips Chapel at Canterbury School in Greensboro, the Diocese of North Carolina said in a press release.

Ordained in 1988, Rodman is a graduate of Bates College and Virginia Theological Seminary. He previously spent 16 years as the rector of St. Michael's in Milton.

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, said in a statement that Rodman would be missed greatly in Eastern Massachusetts.


"I could not be more delighted that the people of the Diocese of North Carolina have elected Sam Rodman as their next bishop!" Gates said. "Here in Massachusetts we well know that Sam has an exceptional combination of gifts--creative imagination, engaging personal interaction, keen organizing skills and the heart of a pastor. He will be a strong and wise shepherd."

Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com.