BALTIMORE —The Maryland Episcopal Diocese has banned Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook from ministry activities.

The diocese is still waiting for Cook to respond to their requests for her reisgnation.

Cook is charged with killing bicyclist Thomas Palermo in December while driving drunk and distracted.

Leaders of the national Episcopal Church said Cook cannot participate in any functions of the House of Bishops or engage in any church ministry.

“(Cook) shall not exercise or engage in the ordained ministry of this church in any respect, shall not participate in any functions of the House of Bishops, and shall not hold yourself out as an ordained person of this church in good standing, until such time as all matters relating to you that are pending before a panel of the Disciplinary Board of Bishops shall have been finally resolved,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori wrote in a statement Tuesday.

The restriction takes effect immediately