Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Award Honorees
Organizations are underlined.
The Rt. Rev. Edward J. Konieczny
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny was elected the fifth Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma on May 5, 2007 and consecrated on September 15, 2007.
“Bishop Ed, as he is known, was born December 20, 1954 at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane Washington….
“Following graduation from High School Bishop Ed attended college part-time while beginning a career in Law Enforcement. From 1975 until 1992, Bishop Ed served as a Police Officer with the Garden Grove and Anaheim [California] Police Departments. His assignments varied from Uniformed Patrol to Child Abuse/Sexual Assault to Vice. Bishop Ed received numerous commendations and was cited twice for Meritorious Service….
“Bishop Ed was ordained a Deacon and Priest in 1994 following completion of his Master of Divinity Degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. Since that time Bishop Ed has served churches in Texas and Colorado.
“In addition to his work in the church, Bishop Ed has served on numerous boards and committees including: Hillcrest Hospital Samaritan Board, Providence Hospital Hospice Board, Boy Scouts of America, Chamber of Commerce, Baylor University School of Social Services….”
José R. Escalera writes:
“The Rt. Rev. is the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of OK. He has provided strong leadership and support to the Hispanic mission within the Diocese. The doors of our churches are always open and ready to serve this community in time of need. One such example is the Sta. Maria Virgen Church on the Southside, OKC, under his support aid was provided to the Tornado victims.”