A priest known for his outreach to the handicapped and to the poor of Honduras was elected on Sunday to be the new suffragan, or assistant, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama.
“We all need to listen more, love more and squabble less,” said the Rev. John McKee Sloan, 51, who is known better across Alabama and his native Mississippi as “Kee” Sloan. The suffragan bishop-elect will be consecrated on Jan. 12. He will then serve under Bishop Henry N. Parsley, the head of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, which includes more than 30,000 Episcopalians across the north-central part of the state.
“I want to help the bishop love and serve the diocesan family,” Sloan said. “I’ll take my lead from the bishop.”