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Cathedral of the Incarnation announces appointment of the Rev. Adam Bucko

Left to right: The Very Rev. Michael Sniffen, the Rev. Adam Bucko, and the Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. Photo by Matthew Pritchard

The co-author of Occupy Spirituality will join launch of new
“Center for Spiritual Imagination”

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — The Cathedral of the Incarnation announces the appointment of the Rev. Adam Bucko to serve as Minor Canon beginning this summer. Bucko has been an influential voice in the movement for the recovery and renewal of Christian Contemplative Spirituality. Bucko is also the co-founder of the Reciprocity Foundation, serving homeless and marginalized youth in New York City. As part of his full-time role, Bucko will be involved in the development and launch of the cathedral’s new Center for Spiritual Imagination.

Bucko was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in January 2019 in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. He is currently finishing his training at Nashotah House in Wisconsin, an Anglo-Catholic school rooted in Benedictine spirituality. Bucko will join the cathedral staff in July. The Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano, Bishop of Long Island, who will ordain Bucko to the priesthood in September said, “It is a tremendous blessing to our diocese to add Adam Bucko to the staff. His deep spiritual life, his scholarly work and practical, pastoral skills will serve the people of God as we further envision our cathedral as a place of learning, living and celebrating the joining together of all that God calls us to be in this day and age. I am very excited to have Adam become a member of our community and join the very talented and gifted clergy and lay team centered here in the heart of the diocese.”

One of Bucko’s primary roles at the cathedral will be the development of a new initiative, the Center for Spiritual Imagination, which is expected to launch in September. The center aims to take the spiritual heritage of cathedrals as sites of pilgrimage and holy hospitality and reimagine it for the 21st century. Through a rich variety of innovative gatherings, programs and services, the Center for Spiritual Imagination will be a catalyst for the integration of contemplative prayer and just practice in daily life. The Rev. Morgan Mercer Ladd, Minor Canon for Family Ministries, noted that “Adam is a gifted teacher, and his wealth of experience both inside and outside the walls of the Church make him uniquely suited to the work of translating ancient spiritual practices for the modern world.”

Prior to his ordination, Bucko co-authored the book Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation with Matthew Fox. The New Monasticism: A Manifesto for Contemplative Living, which he co-authored with Rory McEntee, was published in 2015. Both books focused on re-envisioning an inclusive and engaged spirituality for the 21st century. “I am excited and energized to be joining the cathedral team to work on developing programs that reimagine what our tradition has to offer to the contemporary world,” said Bucko.

The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Sniffen, Dean of the Cathedral, said “I am delighted that Adam will be joining the cathedral community as a full time priest and sharing in the launch of our new Center for Spiritual Imagination, which will be a significant catalyst for the development of faith practices for a radically changed and changing religious landscape.”

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