It is with great sadness that the Diocese of the United Kingdom received the news of the death of Bishop Rommie Michael Starks on 21st August 2023. Bishop Starks served as Episcopal Visitor our Diocese from 2004 to 2008 and was the chief consecrator of our present Bishop Ordinary, Damien Mead, in 2008.
Bishop Starks was a native of Covington, Kentucky, USA. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Eastern Kentucky University. He began attending the Anglican Catholic Church at the parish of St. John’s in Dayton, Kentucky, in 1975 before moving to St Edwards Cathedral, Indianapolis to study under the Right Reverend Joseph Deyman. He graduated from the ACC’s Holyrood Seminary in 1984.
Bishop Starks was ordained to the Diaconate on Saint Nicholas Day, 1984, at St. John’s and to the Priesthood on the Feast of the Annunciation at Saint Edward’s in 1985 by Bishop Deyman. In 2000, he was consecrated as the fourth Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Midwest and currently resides in Indianapolis.
A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at the Pro-Cathedral of St Augustine of Canterbury, Eastling Road, Painters Forstal, Kent ME13 0DU at 12 noon on Friday 1sty September 2023 (the day of his funeral in the USA) by Bishop Mead.