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Bp. Francis Office of the Presiding Bishop
Ecumenical Catholic Communion

Dear sisters and brothers,

Auxiliary Bishop Announcement

rev denise It is my joy to inform you that Rev. Denise Donato has been elected to assist me as an auxiliary bishop. Denise is the Pastor of Mary Magdalene Church in Rochester, NY, and is a founding member of the ECC. She and her husband Phil have three adult children and four grandchildren. 2018 is a big year for Denise and Phil. "Phil and I actually celebrate 40 years of marriage this year! It's a huge year for us! I celebrate my 60th birthday Feb 7, on Feb 22 I celebrate 15 years as priest. Our oldest son is getting married in April (he's 38 and never been married). Phil retires on May 1, and we celebrate 40 years of marriage June 17th," Denise said. And now she's being ordained a bishop on February 9th!


Bishop-elect Denise will be ordained a bishop
On Friday, February 9 at 6:00 PM
At Downtown United Presbyterian Church,
121 Fitzhugh Street North, Rochester, NY 14614.

The ordination/consecration mass will be followed by a light reception.
Information about hotel reservations will be forthcoming. There are also accommodations with parishioners available on a first come first served basis. For more information about accommodations please contact Lynne Hamilton:
For those who stay through the weekend we will provide more information about additional plans.

Join with me in giving thanks to God for this great gift. Denise is a remarkable person, with whom I have had the pleasure to collaborate on many occasions over the years. I look forward to serving collaboratively with her as my colleague in episcopal service!

Your brother,


Francis E. Krebs
Presiding Bishop

For additional information click: The Process

"Ecumenical," Our "First Name"

I am delighted that some of our church communities have teamed up with Christian communities in various ways recently.

Poland Father Tomasz Puchalski and members of his community in Poznan, Poland, joined Roman Catholics, Methodists, and Lutherans to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Denver St. Paul Community in Denver, which is applying for membership in the ECC, celebrated this anniversary of the Reformation with Lutherans and Catholics participating in the same Eucharist presided over by Jim Gonia, Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). I'll be meeting with Bishop Jim when I visit Denver November 16th to work on building a relationship with him.

Mary Magdalene Mary of Magdala Community has been nested at St. Paul's Episcopal in Ft. Collins, CO. since its inception. Recently St. Paul's decided to move to be nested with Trinity Lutheran in the same city. All three congregations celebrated the Eucharist together for their first Sunday in the same place and I'm told they asked Fr. Jim DeMuth to preside. This is a moment of unity to pause and consider.

Other communities, like St. Jerome in Tulsa, marked the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in their own ways.This ability to see the grace of God active in other churches and faiths is a mark of a church that is paying attention to the living God. Let's keep that up!

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