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Mark Sean Sisk, Priest, seminary dean, religious educator, bishop. Named Honorary Canon Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, 1977. Member Council for Development Ministry, 1988-1993, Executive Committee, 1991-1994; member Cornerstone Advisory Council, since 1996. Member Society Biblical Literature, Association Chicago Theological Schools (president 1990-1991), Society St. Francis (third order).

Background

Sisk, Mark Sean was born on August 18, 1942 in Takoma Park, Maryland, United States. Son of Robert James and Alma Irene (Davis) Sisk.

Education

Bachelor of Science, University Maryland, 1964. Master of Divinity, General Theolog. Seminary, 1967; Doctor of Divinity, General Theolog.

Seminary, 1985.

Career

He retired on February 2, 2013, when he was succeeded by the 16th Bishop, Andrew M.L. Dietsche. Sisk received his B.S. in Economics from The University of Maryland in 1964. He later got honorary doctorates from General Theological Seminary, Honorary Doctor of Divinity, in 1984, and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, in 1998.

From 1977 through 1984, he was the Archdeacon of three suburban counties, under the 13th , Paul Moore. As part of his duties, he started a Japanese congregation, now in Scarsdale, and a Latino congregation in Yonkers. From 1984 to 1998, Sisk was President and Dean of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

Sisk was elected and consecrated Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of New York in 1998. He was installed as the at a ceremony on September 29, 2001, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Sisk is actively involved in preaching to churches in his diocese, as well as the cathedral.

He raises millions of dollars for Episcopal charities. Sisk has engendered some criticism from the press for some of his actions as bishop, in particular the firing of a radical priest. He also got involved in the controversy over Bishop Moore's bisexuality.

As a leader in the church, Sisk is often asked to comment on public issues. He has a regular column in Newsweek and the Washington Post. The New York Times often interviews him on social and religious topics.

He takes stances on a variety of issues.

Works

  • Other Work

    • President Anglican Theological Review.

Religion

Sisk was a curate for three years at Christ Episcopal Church, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and a priest for three more years at Christ Episcopal Church in Bronxville, New York. He was then rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Kingston, New York from 1973-1977. Sisk is also involved in ecumenism with the Roman Catholic Church.

He has written many letters that have been collected by the Anglican Communion.

Membership

Member Council for Development Ministry, 1988-1993, executive committee, 1991-1994. Member Cornerstone Advisory Council, since 1996. Board directors Tanenbaum Center Interreligious Understanding.

Member Society Biblical Literature, Association Chicago Theological Schools (president 1990-1991), Society St. Francis (third order).

Connections

Married Karen Lynn Womack, August 31, 1963. Children: Michael A., Heather K., Bronwyn E.

father:
Robert James Sisk

mother:
Alma Irene (Davis) Sisk

spouse:
Karen Lynn Womack

child:
Michael A. Sisk

child:
Heather K. Sisk

child:
Bronwyn E. Sisk