• Announcement of the Presiding Bishop Nominating Committee (PBNC)

    Presiding Bishop Francis Krebs in collaboration with the Leadership Council has formed the nominating committee for our next Presiding Bishop. With deep gratitude for their service to our beloved Communion, the members of the committee are: HOL representatives Sheila Leander Kis, Emmaus, WI and Claudia Kilby, Holy Angels, CA; Vice Chair Therese Gabriel, Sts. Clare & Francis, MO and Chair Paula Hayford, Emmaus, WI. HOP representatives Fr. Mir Plemmons, Emmaus, WA and Mthr. Cynthia Drew, Chaplain, NC; Vice Chair Fr. Teri Harroun, Light of Christ and Chair Rev. Rosa Buffone,…

  • The ECC Bishops Retreat to the Mountains

    While we were in Colorado for Kae’s consecration, Bishops Armando, Denise, Kedda, Rafe, Kae, and I made our biennial retreat together at Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden, Colorado. (Bishop Peter was unable to join us, however we are looking for ways to better include him in the college of bishops as he continues to improve from his stroke of three and a half years ago.)  It is appropriate that we met in Colorado because it was there that we first crafted and signed what we call the “Colorado Covenant,” which is…

  • Consecration of Mother Kae Madden as Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Region.

    Once again, the organizational and collaborative skills of virtually the entire RMR were on display, not to mention their faith and love.  It was a great day for the RMR and for the ECC. Bishop Kae has already demonstrated her immense skills at “steering a diverse ship.” She is a consensus maker, and she does this by carefully listening to and perceiving of what others are expressing. To borrow from Paul’s image of the body, she is like a heart and brain that listens closely to what the ear, the eye, the hand,…

  • Rocky Mountain Region elects local bishop

    With great joy, the people of the Rocky Mountain Region of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) elected Mother Kae Madden. Following the model of the early church, the bishop was elected by those she serves: all of the lay and clergy members of the Region; and her election was formally affirmed by our wider Communion at our Holy Synod on July 18, 2021. Currently, there are 5 communities along Colorado’s Front Range: the Church of the Holy Family ECC in Aurora; Church of the Beloved ECC in Northglenn (where Bishop-elect…

  • Emmaus in Oshkosh is hard at work.

    The gospel story is filled with meals. It opens in a garden and ends in a feast. Emmaus Ecumenical Catholic Community in Oshkosh, WI has taken this message to heart. Emmaus, along with its host site parish of St. Paul United Church of Christ, is growing a garden together with the intent of distributing the food to local pantries as well as having a booth in front of the church for area locals.The idea was put forth by Emmaus member, Tim Grogan and caught fire with other Emmaus and St…

  • Change in Administrator of the Office of Presiding Bishop

    Erin Outson who has served me and us faithfully since July, 2019, is moving back to Nebraska to be closer to her family and to begin a new career as a full spectrum doula. Many of you have gotten to know Erin and her work; she will be sorely missed by me and many of you. I am so grateful for her support, especially during the vicissitudes of Covid. We will be splitting the position in two (as it was before I became PB). Mary Vonderheide, a leader at Sts. Clare & Francis ECC…

  • Town Hall with the Presiding Bishop

    On Wednesday evening, August 4th, I will continue the little tradition we started during Covid of having a Zoom meeting for any ECC member who might like to come and talk together about the Communion. I am open to whatever discussions you might like to engage in. I will be sending a special invitation to this mailing list later in July. You may wish to mark your calendars now. From the Office of the Presiding Bishop

  • Anti-Racism Retreat in November

    Deacon Joan Crawford, the head of our Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is going to lead interested persons in an Anti-Racism virtual retreat this coming November (dates TBD). I am passionate about the work that Joan and the Commission are doing. I strongly reject the voices that say we should not be looking at systemicracism. The Catholic tradition worked this out in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Social wrongs are not just on the personal level. There are social systems that have oppressed a variety of people from time immemorial. Thank God that the Church finally saw this; it…

  • Bishop Elect Tomasz Puchalski’s Consecration

    Due to the restrictions of Covid, the consecration for Bishop Elect Tomasz has been postponed until Saturday, June 18th, 2022, in Poznan, Poland. It is worth noting that in the early church understanding of things, which we follow, the bishop elect assumes all of the non-sacramental responsibilities of their office as soon as they are elected. In our church the pope is not seen as delegating authority to the new bishop; the local church does that at the time of election. So Kae and Tomasz are already walking in their new roles while…

  • Bishop Elect Kae Madden’s Consecration

    The ECC Rocky Mountain Region will gather on Sunday, September 19th to celebrate the consecration of that region’s first bishop. Members of the Council of Bishops will lay hands on our sister (our third woman bishop) and, with the entire assembly, to invoke the action of the Holy Spirit that Kae may have all the divine gifts necessary to shepherd the church that has called her. This will be a great joy for the church in the Rocky Mountain Region and indeed for the whole Communion!Following this event, the bishops of the Communion…