March 25, 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,
Late Friday night, a jury acquitted former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld of all charges related to his killing of 17-year old Antwon Rose II last summer. Antwon Rose was shot by Officer Rosfeld in the back while attempting to flee. He was found to be unarmed.
Many in our region are frustrated and despondent over this verdict. I am aware that others believe justice was served, given the law as it stands.
Yet, surely, none of us can ignore what the killing of one more unarmed black man by a white police officer says about our ailing society. The incident evokes the memory of many others nationwide that have been documented in recent years. From the moment the trigger was pulled, to the moment of acquittal, we have been on the familiar road of a national agony: a young, relatively inexperienced white officer; a young black man with apparently little reason to believe the police would not harm him if he gave himself up; a state law riddled with implicit bias; and a local jury that could only apply the law.
The wardens and vestry of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church are pleased to announce that on Dec. 15, God willing and the people consenting, the Right Rev. Dorsey W.M. McConnell, Bishop of Pittsburgh, will ordain the Rev. Brandon Mozingo to the priesthood.
The celebration begins at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen’s, 220 Eighth Ave. at Walnut Street, McKeesport. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Brandon currently serves as deacon-in-charge of St. Stephen’s and also ministers to other area Episcopal churches through the Mon Valley Mission. He previously served as parish administrator for Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, and as a chaplain for the Seamen’s Church Institute, serving merchant mariners working on the Upper Ohio, Allegheny, Monongahela and Kanawha rivers.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy and a former hospital chaplain in the Atlanta VA Health Care System, Brandon is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he earned an M.A. in theology.
Brandon is shown, above right, during his ordination to the diaconate. Also shown is the Rev. Linda Tardy Wilson.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is the host location for a free Yoga and Wellness Program for women in McKeesport and surrounding areas.
Classes are every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:45pm. The program is called Empower and is taught by Ali Popivchak, the founder of Pittsburgh Yoga Therapy. Ali is looking for help in the nursery providing child care, donations of gift cards and healthy snacks for the women and children.
If you would like to volunteer your time or make a donation, please email Ali at pghyogatherapy.com. You are also able to sign-up electronically at www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4fa8a928aaf49-empower