FATHER E. BRIAN "SKIP" CARSTEN, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Orthodox Catholic Church of America, 65, of Auburn, crossed into the arms of God Friday, March 27, 2009, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was currently serving as Chaplain at Cameron Hospital, Cameron Hospice & Home Health Care, and with the Fire Arson Specialized Team of Allen County. He previously served as Chaplain for the Steuben and Allen County Sheriff's Department, the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Fort Wayne Fire Department. He was also serving at Crosswood Centre, in Auburn, and had a Master of Divinity degree. Born Jan. 31, 1944, in Gary, Ind., he was the son of Earl J and Isabelle (Warwick) Carsten. His mother survives him in Auburn. His father preceded him in death on April 1, 2008. Service is 4 p.m. Friday at Fairview Missionary Church, Angola, with the Most Rev. Alfred L. Lankenau, Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus, Orthodox Catholic Church of America officiating. Calling is from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the church. Memorials to Crosswood Centre or the donor's choice. Written in Father Carsten's own words: "The Archbishop Emeritus of the Orthodox Catholic Church of America died for the last time in this world. He died much later than he thought he would, though certainly on schedule in God's awareness. He was baptized on July 31, 1944, in Shelby, Ind., beginning a lifetime of dying and rising. Archbishop Carsten leaves no biological offspring, the result of a stubborn, if faithful, belief that he could contribute otherwise to humankind and that there is forgiveness of sin, the resurrection of the body and life in the world to come. Not unlike the bishop pieces of a chessboard, Carsten rubbed shoulders with the high and mighty, but found his heart with the lowly ones, the little people some would dare call pawns, where he most clearly might gaze on the face of the beloved. Left behind for now is a gaggle of ragtag folks who have been brothering and sistering for a lifetime, all connected to one another in a bloodline that would confound any geneticist worth his or her sodium. At least some members of this faith family will gather with those close to Carsten, especially. After a fitting celebration of Brother Jesus' death and resurrection, doing at table what he asks us to do, Carsten's cremains will be placed near the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene. Shed a tear if you must. Carsten shed many a tear gazing at the gap between those on this and those on the other side while tasting the hope that such a gap is but an illusion. Blessed be our Triune God now and forever."
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2009