Dcn. Eric Lobsinger
Dcn. Eric Lobsinger
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Washington, DC
Teaching Fellow - Georgetown University Law Center
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January 30, 2011  03:11 PM

I am a vocational (permanent) deacon in the Episcopal Church, U.S.A.  The parish I’m assigned to by the Bishop of Washington is St. Paul’s K Street, an Anglo-Catholic parish located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, DC.  St. Paul’s K Street is known for keeping a fruitful balance between meeting the needs of parishioners from a wide range of theological positions (from the very conservative to the very liberal) and maintaining unity around the Sacraments through traditional Catholic liturgy. 

Professionally, I am a Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center.  My area of teaching is federal legislation and regulations, with laws concerning cyber security being my specific research focus.  I have found teaching and academic research as incredibly rewarding pursuits.  Previously, I served as a Judge Advocate (military lawyer) for the U.S. Coast Guard, where I worked in a variety of legal capacities, including appellate criminal defense, legislation, and civil litigation.

I feel that my current work in forming law students with a better understanding of public law and my prior experience in public sector legal practice (especially in the representation of criminal defendants) have had a diaconal connection.  Other, more direct ways I exercise my ministry is through leading the outreach ministries at St. Paul’s K Street.  I especially enjoy finding new and novel ways to connect parishioners with our shared baptismal calling to help those in need.  Additionally, I find that it’s important to involve parishioners with wider neighborhood and city efforts to address issues of homelessness, drug addiction, and joblessness that are part of the social fabric of Washington, DC, even if much of it is unseen in the more prosperous areas.  In the context of worship, I highly value the deacon’s liturgical role in the Mass.  Personally, I feel that with the responsibilities of reading or chanting the Gospel, voicing the Prayers of the People, preparing the Altar for Eucharist, cleaning “God’s dishes” after Communion, and pronouncing the Dismissal, the deacon has the wonderful privilege of symbolically bridging Word and Sacrament with our obligation of serving the world as the hands, feet, and eyes of Christ.

My formation for the diaconate started in St. Louis, Missouri when I was involved with the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Washington University in St. Louis.  I entered the formal discernment process in the Diocese of Missouri and, with the permission of the Diocese, continued the formation process in the Anglican Church of Japan (Nippon Seikokai) during my graduate studies and doctoral dissertation at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan.  I then moved back to the United States to Chicago, Illinois, where I continued the formation and discernment process, maintaining my canonical residency with the Diocese of Missouri.  It was after I arrived in Washington, DC in 2007 when I started my relationship with St. Paul’s K Street.  On Ascension Day 2010, the Bishop of Missouri, with permission from the Bishop of Washington, ordained me to the diaconate at St. Paul’s K Street.

I look forward to learning from other points of view in the forum.  Of particular interest to me are issues related to canon law, although I am certainly not a subject matter expert.  As someone, however, who tends to look at canon law from a more comparative perspective, I would enjoy reading the thoughts of others and gaining a deeper understanding.  Peace!