bpholloway The Most Rev’d John William Holloway, B. A., M.Div., D. D., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of the Mid-South, passed away early in the morning on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Griffin, Georgia. He was 59 years old.

Bishop Holloway, a graduate of Valdosta State University and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, 
served as a United Methodist minister and, later, as an independent charismatic minister prior to entering the priesthood in the ICCEC. He was the founding pastor of St. Michael and All Angels Charismatic Episcopal Church which eventually acquired the former Methodist Church building in downtown Thomaston, GA.
He served as a number of years as the Canon Missioner for Georgia and, in 1997, was consecrated as a bishop. He first served the Missionary District of Georgia which, under his leadership, became the Diocese of Georgia. Later, Tennessee was added to form the Diocese of the Mid-South. Holloway traveled to several countries in Africa where he was beloved by the church there. His ministry journeys also took him to the Caribbean, Mexico, the Philippines, and to other locations.
In 2007, at the age of 53, Bishop Holloway suffered a debilitating stroke which ended his public ministry but not his ministry of intercession, although, for the most part, he was confined to his bedroom since his illness. During his tenure, over a dozen churches were founded and over three dozen men ordained to the ministry in Georgia and Tennessee. Many times that number were confirmed and ordained during ministry overseas.

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Talk to anyone who went to the March for Life this year, and they will all tell you the same thing: "It was cold" is a gross understatement. It was freezing. Below freezing. The morning of the March, the wind was actually cold enough to warrant a frostbite warning from the weather service.

Nonetheless, at 11:15 AM, with about fifty youth and a dedicated group of clergy and chaperones, CEC For Life began the subzero trek from our hotel on Capitol Hill to the Supreme Court steps for our annual Liturgy for the Preborn at the Time of Death, led by Fr. Terry Gensemer. 

Huddled together before the building wherein nine Supreme Court justices stripped away the rights of the preborn, we joined in song and prayer for those who have died in the abortion holocaust, beseeching God to care for the preborn in death and to put an end to the horrific violence that is abortion.

Looking around on that sidewalk you would have seen and heard all sorts of things -- young people bowing their heads in prayer, words of encouragement from Bishop Mike Davidson and Bishop Greg Ortiz, mothers hugging their smallest children in an attempt to keep them warm. Brightly colored hats, thick scarves, and pieces of red duct tape on bags and jackets with "LIFE" written in black ink.

You would have seen the police officers pacing across the steps, the media gathering clips for future stories, and other pro-lifers gathered in prayer. One thing you would not have seen, however, is the usual group of hostile abortion advocates -- those champions for "choice" -- who have spent past years hanging around our vigil to chant and argue and wave signs that read nonsensical things like: "Keep your rosaries off my ovaries." 

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