Mark Sisk

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The Right Reverend
Mark Sisk
15th Bishop of New York
Church Episcopal Church
Diocese New York
Elected 1998
In office 2001-2013
Predecessor Richard F. Grein
Successor Andrew M. L. Dietsche
Consecration 1998
Personal details
Born (1942-08-18) August 18, 1942 (age 75)
Takoma Park, Maryland, United States
Nationality American
Spouse Karen Womack Calvert
Children 3

Mark Sean Sisk (born in Takoma Park, Maryland, August 18, 1942)[1] was the 15th Episcopal Bishop of New York. He retired on February 2, 2013, when he was succeeded by the 16th Bishop, Andrew M.L. Dietsche.

Early education, career, and marriage[edit]

Sisk received his B.S. in Economics from The University of Maryland in 1964.[2] He had a call to ministry, and went to The General Theological Seminary in New York City, where he earned his M.Div. in 1967.[2] He later got honorary doctorates from General Theological Seminary, Honorary Doctor of Divinity, in 1984, and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, in 1998.[2]

He is married to the former Karen Womack Calvert.[2] They have three children and three grandchildren.[2]

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.[2] He was then rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Kingston, New York from 1973-1977.[2] From 1977 through 1984, he was the Archdeacon of three suburban counties,[3] under the 13th Bishop of New York, Paul Moore.[2] As part of his duties, he started a Japanese congregation, now in Scarsdale, and a Latino congregation in Yonkers.[2]

From 1984 to 1998, Sisk was President and Dean of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.[2][4]

Bishop of New York[edit]

Sisk was elected and consecrated Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of New York in 1998.[2][4] He was installed as the Bishop of New York at a ceremony on September 29, 2001, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.[2]

Sisk is actively involved in preaching to churches in his diocese,[5][6][7][8] as well as the cathedral.[9] He raises millions of dollars for Episcopal charities.[10][11] Sisk is also involved in ecumenism with the Roman Catholic Church.[4]


Sisk has engendered some criticism from the press for some of his actions as bishop, in particular the firing of a radical priest.[12][13] He also got involved in the controversy over Bishop Moore's bisexuality.[14]

Public comments[edit]

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.[15] The New York Times often interviews him on social and religious topics.[16] He takes stances on a variety of issues.[17][18] He has written many letters that have been collected by the Anglican Communion.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Episcopal Clerical Directory 2013 (2013). New York: Church Publishing Inc. ISBN 978-0-89869-888-6, p. 883.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Diocese of New York website page on Mark S. Sisk Archived 2008-12-28 at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed January 20, 2009.
  3. ^ Westchester, Putnam and Rockland Counties
  4. ^ a b c US Conference of Catholic Bishops website. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  5. ^ St. Bart's Church website Sermons page[permanent dead link]. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  6. ^ St. Anne the Virgin's Church website Newsletter page. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  7. ^ St. Augustine's Church website Sermon page. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  8. ^ St. John's Church, Tuckahoe, website Newsletter page. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  9. ^ Cathedral of St. John the Divine official website Easter 2008 page. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  10. ^ Episcopal Charities website. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  11. ^ New York Social Diary No. 3537, found at New York Social Diary website. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  12. ^ Christopher Bonanos, "No Sanctuary at St. Mark’s: Cool priest cast out." New York Magazine, May 22, 2006, found at New York Magazine website. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  13. ^ Mary Reinholz, "Radical priest resigns, then later rethinks, but is rejected," The Villager, November 5–11, 2008, found at The Villager website. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  14. ^ "Revelations Prompt Reevaluation of Bishop’s Legacy," The Living Church, March 3, 2008, found at The Living Church website. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  15. ^ On Faith: Mark S, Sisk. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  16. ^ NY Times website Topics: People: Mark S. Sisk. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  17. ^ website Archived 2008-08-29 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  18. ^ Integrity website article on Mark S. Sisk. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  19. ^ Anglican Communion official website Mark S. Sisk's letters. Retrieved January 20, 2009.

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Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Richard F. Grein
15th Bishop of New York
2001 to present
Succeeded by