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The ECC elects next Presiding Bishop

Bp. Francis The Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) elected Rev. Frank Krebs as its next Presiding Bishop on October 8, 2014 at its Synod in Aurora, CO. The election required a two-thirds vote of the delegates of the House of Laity and the House of Pastors. He was elected on the first ballot. He was then consecrated a bishop on Friday, October 10, 2014 during the Communion Synod. He will serve as Co-Adjutor until September, 2015, when our current Presiding Bishop, Peter Hickman, completes his term. At that point Bishop Francis will be installed as Presiding Bishop.

Bishop Francis currently serves as pastor of Sts. Clare & Francis community in St. Louis, and has previously served the Communion as Vicar of the Midwest Region and President of the House of Pastors.

An Open Letter to the Editors of:
The National Catholic Reporter
The Tablet

From: Peter Elder Hickman,
Presiding Bishop of the
Ecumenical Catholic Communion

Subject: A Discussion on Reconciliation in Catholicism

Greetings to my dear sisters and brothers, friends and collaborators in the work of Catholic renewal! As the Vatican continues preparations for the upcoming Synods on the Family, there is a moment of enormous opportunity across Catholicism. As you know, Pope Francis has asked for input from all of the faithful. And, people have been responding to this invitation! The message from many corners has been to open up the dialogue and more actively include the voice of all of the faithful! For example, the former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese, noted that there was something profoundly wrong with asking "150 male celibates" to review the Catholic Church's teaching on family life. "

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Holy Synod 2014

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Bp. PeterDear Brothers and Sisters,

There is something uniquely moving about walking the cobble stone streets that would have been familiar to Christ Jesus. I remember the first time I stood on the banks of the Sea of Galilee, touched the same olive trees as our lord in the Garden of Gethsemane, and saw with my own eyes where our faith tradition was born over 2,000 years ago. It was seminal moment in my spiritual life and a place I promised to return to again.

I am privileged to have that opportunity again as we lead a group through Israel and Jordan in the Spring of 2015. Please join me on an expertly guided tour of the Holy Land from a uniquely ecumenical and catholic perspective. Together we will walk the path first taken by a poor carpenter from Nazareth. I look forward to celebrating mass together and sharing this experience with you!

Bishop Peter E. Hickman

ECC Video

Published on Oct 30, 2012
Bishop Peter speaking to the delegates of the 2012 ECC Synod
Published on Oct 10, 2014
A documentary about the ECC


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