PORTLAND (AP) – Maine’s 17,000 Episcopalians will have a new leader Saturday.

The Rev. Canon Stephen Lane will be consecrated as the ninth Episcopal bishop of Maine. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will lead the service at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland.

Lane, who is 58, calls his new spiritual calling the “grand adventure” of his life.

Lane was elected Oct. 26, and will work with Maine’s current bishop, the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, as bishop coadjutor until she retires in September.

Lane’s served the church in roles ranging from pastor in the Rochester, N.Y., area to being a member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church for six years.

Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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