The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe,
The Rt. Rev. Mark D.W. Edington, Bishop in Charge
23 avenue George V,
Tel: +33 1 53 23 84 06
Fax: +33 1 49 52 96 85
Office Hours: 9 am to 5 pm CET - Monday to Friday. Office is closed on French holidays.
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The Rt. Rev. Mark D. W. Edington
For information about Bishop Edington, click here
Mme. Sophie Plé
Canon for Administration, Convocation Office
Mme. Sophie Plé serves as Canon for Administration in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe in the convocation office in Paris. All questions regarding finances and administration can be directed to Sophie. A native of Paris and French, Sophie is also an excellent source of information about France and all things French. She is active in BEST, an Episcopal organization of Bishops' Administrative Assistants, and regularly attends General Convention.
The Ven. Dr. Walter J. Baer
Archdeacon Baer's work is concentrated in the areas of transition ministry, assisting the bishop in congregational and clergy care, liaising with convocation commissions and committees, organizing clergy events, and representing the Convocation to the wider Episcopal Church in various administrative areas and in ecumenical and interfaith dialogues. He also assists from time to time at the cathedral in Paris. Archdeacon Baer is currently vice president of Province II of the Episcopal Church (known as the "International Atlantic Province of the Episcopal Church"), composed of the dioceses in New York, New Jersey, Europe, Haiti, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, is part of the Convocation's General Convention Deputation, and serves the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Ecumenical & Interreligious Relations. Ordained deacon and priest in the Diocese of Milwaukee in 1985, he has served in four dioceses and currently makes his home in Paris and Vienna.
Maleah Rios comes to us as a relatively new expatriate from Western North Carolina in the US. Before moving to Rome as the spouse of The Rev. Austin Rios at St. Paul's Within the Walls, she owned a small wine bar and retail shop, taught English literature and life skills to high schoolers, helped start an arthouse movie theatre, and co-founded a family business of making artisan chocolates. Confirmed in 2011 at the Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville, Maleah's heart and soul are centered on helping The Episcopal Church find and welcome all those who practice their faith at the edges, drawing anyone and everyone toward the mystery and joy of being included in shared meals at shared tables.
As the Digital Ministry Coordinator for the Convocation, Maleah's unofficial role of "Convocation Cheerleader" has now evolved to formally encourage and support the newly discovered tech leadership emerging in each of our parishes, missions, and ministries across Europe. Working closely with the CECE staff, Maleah will be helping our digital events run smoothly, reviewing our social media presence and website, as well as connecting techies with resources and one another. Your tech help requests and comments are always welcome.
Audrey is responsible for Communications needs for the convocation. She lives and works out of Wiesbaden, Germany, where she is a member of the Anglican/Episcopal Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury. She brings her professional marketing, social media, and event-planning skills to her volunteer work in the convocation. She has an important role in organizing the annual convocation convention and other convocation-wide events.
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The Rev. Canon Linda Grenz
The Rev. Canon Linda Grenz has assisted the convocation as Transition Consultant with various parish clergy search processes and with Mutual Ministry Reviews in several convocation parishes. In these capacities she assists the bishop and archdeacon in their work with congregations. Linda was ordained deacon in 1976 and priest in 1977, and is in the first generation of women priests in the Episcopal Church. Her career has included parish ministry, a longtime appointment at the Episcopal Church Center in New York first in World Mission and later in Adult Education, Leadership Development, and Lay Ministry. Her Christian Education materials published through LeaderResources include, most notably, the widely used "Journey to Adulthood" program. She most recently as served as Canon to the Ordinary and Transition Officer in the Diocese of Rhode Island until her "retirement" in 2019. She is currently serving as Transition Consultant in the Diocese of Vermont and in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. Linda and her husband Del Glover make their home in Washington DC, but can be seen from time to time in France and Italy, and elsewhere in the convocation, working on their language skills.
Chief Welcoming Officer
As Chief Welcoming Officer, Giulia Bonoldi works closely with many of the 23 congregations and institutions of the Convocation in training and building awareness of refugees and migrants in their midst, and ways to extend the Love of Christ to all. She is the administrator of Convocation Refugee Grant Program (CRGP), which offers grants to Convocation congregations and congregations of our full-communion partners in continental Europe for work with refugees and migrants. She is also the Managing Director of the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, a ministry of St. Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome.
Program and Administrative Manager of the Refugee Grant Program
The Program and Administrative Manager of the Refugee Grant Program is responsible for the overall administration of the Refugee Grant, including preparing reports for Episcopal Relief & Development in collaboration with the Chief Welcoming Officer, providing support to the Grant Review Committee, coordinating with the project managers of the funded organizations, and conducting public relations work for the Refugee Grant.
Canon for Spiritual Development
The Revd. Canon Dr Alison J Gray was commissioned as the convocation Canon for Spiritual Development at the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris, France on 5th November 2023.
Having trained as a doctor and specialised in psychiatry Canon Ali was ordained priest in the CofE in 2010. She worked bi-vocationally in parishes in Worcestershire, UK, and in hospital as a consultant psychiatrist in Herefordshire, and served as Chair of the Medicine de la Personne British Group, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest group. She remains a senior Lecturer in the Medical School at Birmingham University and Fellow of the RCPsych.
In 2018 Canon Ali moved with her husband, Peter, from England to Germany because of Peter's job teaching at Munich International School. They joined the church of the Ascension. In 2019 Canon Ali became a Priest Associate and member of COMB (the Commission On the Ministry of the Baptized). She and Peter have three adult children in the UK.
During covid time she trained as a Spiritual Director. In early 2023 Canon Ali began to chair COMB, became an Episcopalian, and later that year the Canon for Spiritual Development. This role is a new development in the convocation, and includes signposting people who are seeking the ministry of Spiritual Direction (Spiritual Accompaniment, a Soul Friend), identifying and sharing resources to help with spiritual growth, and organising programmes for the convocation, such as Praying Lent and the annual spring spirituality retreat. Canon Ali works closely with Bishop Mark, COMB and EICS (the European Institute for Christian Studies).