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John B. Lipscomb

Spiritual Director

Liturgy Inc

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Liturgy Inc

18150 Bethany Center Drive

Lutz, Florida,33558

United States

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Background Information

Employment History

Spiritual Director

Bethany Center


Bishop

VirtueOnline


Contributor

The Tampa Tribune


Bishop

Virtuosityonline


Coach Trainer

Biblical Coaching Academy


Associate Rector

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church


Affiliations

Roman Catholic Church

Member


University of the South

Trustee


Graduate Theological Foundation

Fellow


Global Reconciliation

Member, Board of Episcopalians


Bishop Masereka Christian Foundation Inc

Board Member


Commission on Ministry

Member


Education

Summer Peace Building Institute at Eastern Mennonite University


B.A.

University of North Carolina , Asheville


Doctor of Ministry Degree

Graduate Theological Foundation


Masters


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Staff | Bethany Center | Lutz, FL

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Father John Lipscomb - Spiritual Director
JohnLipscomb@bethanycenterfl.org | 813.960.6306


Liberation Theology in The Episcopal Church USA: 1970-2016 - Ordination Truth

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• 2002 - Bishop John Lipscomb (IV Southwest Florida) deposes retired priest Fr. Richard Pollard from the Episcopal priesthood following allegations of sexual misconduct.
• 2007 - Bishop John Lipscomb (IV Southwest Florida) announced plans to join Roman Catholic Church and feeling the need to be unified with the Church of Rome seeks to be released from Holy Orders and removed from the House of Bishops. • 2007 - John Lipscomb (IV Southwest Florida) becomes Catholic priest and is spiritual director of the Bethany Catholic Retreat Center in Lutz, Florida.


Staff | Bethany Center

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Father John Lipscomb - Spiritual Director
JohnLipscomb@bethanycenterfl.org | 813.960.6306


www.stanthony-hughson.org

For others, I think, there is a sense that this is something they have thought is a direction the Church should head in," said Father John Lipscomb, a former Episcopalian bishop who entered the Catholic Church five years ago with his wife of 44 years.
"I think people see this as something very positive in the life of the Church," said Father Lipscomb, 62, the spiritual director of the Bethany Retreat Center in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla. Father Lipscomb is one of about 70 married Catholic priests in the United States. Father Lipscomb, the son of a Baptist minister, said he struggled with the direction that his church had taken, and noted that one presiding bishop essentially denied the unique saving role of Jesus Christ. "I realized I could no longer stay in the Episcopal Church," said Father Lipscomb, the former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida. "I had to find a place where I could live out my Christian faith with a degree of integrity," he said. He entered the Catholic Church with his wife, Marcie, in December 2007 and was ordained a Catholic priest two years later. "There is no question the children who live in the parsonage feel themselves living in a glass bowl," Father John Lipscomb said. "Their parents, especially their father, are very much public people, but then again, I don't think in many ways it's any different from the dynamics of any children who have to cope with having parents in the public eye. "I think oftentimes the children put a larger burden on themselves than what is actually being placed on them by others," Father Lipscomb said. Father Lipscomb's wife had also known of her husband's interior struggles, and also eventually made the same decision and entered the Catholic Church with her husband. "My decision was a personal decision I had to make, without any sense that she was going to make a similar decision," Father Lipscomb said. "One day, she shared with me that she had prayerfully considered the same question, and that she felt she had to make the same decision, that the Lord was calling her to the Catholic Church as well. "In many ways, her decision was my confirmation regarding the rightness of the decision," Father Lipscomb said. Having sustained a marriage across four decades and raised two children, Father Lipscomb said, are invaluable experiences he can bring when counseling people. "At the same time, I think many of the lessons we learn within the domestic church are also lessons we've learned within the larger Church," he said. "I knew there were times where there were tensions within the family unit because his work had to take precedence over things the family wanted to take part in," Father Lipscomb said. Father Lipscomb noted that Jesus, in the Gospel of Matthew, talks about those who become like eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. "The Lord does call and equip many for the celibate life so that they can pursue the priestly ministry," Father Lipscomb noted. There were early concerns that married priests would encounter jealousy and resentment from their celibate counterparts, but Father Sullins and Father Lipscomb said they have been treated generously by other priests. "I feel, in fact, very grateful for the kindness and reception we've had both from the clergy and the laity in the diocese," Father Lipscomb said. Father Lipscomb - who also recently became the parochial vicar at St. Timothy Parish in Lutz, Fla. - said he understands that allowing married priests will raise questions in the Church, especially given the shortage of priestly vocations, but he believes the celibate priesthood will continue. "I don't see [the provision] as making a radical change in the Holy See's understanding of celibacy as a norm for the life of the Church and for the life of the priest," Father Lipscomb said.


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For others, I think, there is a sense that this is something they have thought is a direction the Church should head in," said Father John Lipscomb, a former Episcopalian bishop who entered the Catholic Church five years ago with his wife of 44 years.
"I think people see this as something very positive in the life of the Church," said Father Lipscomb, 62, the spiritual director of the Bethany Retreat Center in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla. Father Lipscomb is one of about 70 married Catholic priests in the United States.


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