Office of Presiding Bishop
Ecumenical Catholic Communion
483 E Lockwood Ave. Ste. 3
St. Louis, MO 63119
Bishop Thomas Altepeter
Title: PR Chair of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion
Phone number: 509-361-0463
Ecumenical Catholic Communion Stands With Black Churches Target
ed by Arsonists
ST. LOUIS, MO,
October 21, 2015 - The Ecumenical Catholic Communion is deeply grieved by the recent arson attacks committed against our brothers and sisters in St. Louis, MO at
Bethel Non-Denominational Church, New Northside Missionary Baptist, Minerva-St. Augustine (Roman)
Catholic Church, New Testament Church of Christ, New Life Missionary Baptist Church and Ebenezer Lut
The Ecumenical Catholic Communion humbly seeks to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of
these faith communities during this most trying time. As believers in a God who forgives and seeks
repentance, we pray for a conversion of heart for the perpetrator(s) of these crimes, and
those who silently support them; and, we ask the perpetrator(s) to cease this pattern of violence, step forward and accept responsibility for what they have done. We call on the local community to stand in watch together to prevent any further crimes and destruction of both these sacred worship spaces and black lives in general.
As a Christian people we seek to incarnate God's abundant love in the world as Christ did, and we reach
out to our brothers and sisters affected by these attacks in this same spirit of love and compassion.
While we do not know what you are going through, we humbly open ourselves to be present with you,
to not look away, to speak out against these hate crimes, and commit ourselves to putting our prayers
into action by working to eliminate racism, hatred, and fear in ourselves, our churches, and our society.
Bishop Francis E. Krebs
Presiding Bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion
Pastor of Sts. Clare & Francis ECC in St. Louis, MO
Bishop Francis Krebs
Ecumenical Catholic Church moves to
St. Louis, installs new bishop
Just as many were preparing for Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., there was another Francis on Friday throwing his own separate Catholic celebration.
The Ecumenical Catholic Church, an independent U.S. denomination with about 10,000 members, has moved its national headquarters to St. Louis.
On Friday, Francis Krebs, a pastor at Sts. Clare & Francis in Webster Groves, became the organization's new presiding bishop at a ceremony celebrated in English and Spanish at Eden Theological Seminary -- the group's host institution.
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