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A Letter of Inquiry
Concerning the Ecumenical Catholic Communion

Bishop Hickman: My name is Claire, and I am a sophomore in high school. I recently stumbled upon your website and was immediately intrigued. I first sent this email to your associate pastor, but he never replied. I have never heard of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, so, as you probably understand, I have a few questions. Please note that I do not intend for any of these questions to imply disrespect. I am on a sincere search for the truth, and your answers will provide a great deal of information for me. Thank you in advance.

1) I understand your church derived from the Old Catholic movement who denounced the first Vatican council's declaration of papal infallibility and the primacy of papal jurisdiction. Why do you use the second Vatican council's translation of the mass into native language, when you do not accept the first Vatican council's teachings? Also, I saw in your videos that you use the Roman missal, but not the new Roman missal translation. Why is that?

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Black Life Matters

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Through Bishop Chuck Leigh, we have just received a letter from the following historically black churches: the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. They "have agreed to ask the members of our respective denominations to wear black on Sunday, December 14, 2014, in solidarity with the message that 'Black Life Matters.'" They are asking us to stand in solidarity with them.

Recent events in my own city of St. Louis have forced open our old wounds of separation and inequity. Condoleezza Rice refers to the "birth defect" of the US, mal-forming our consciences, that the life of a black slave is worth less (3/5 or 40% less to be exact) than a free white. To roundly reject that discounting seems like a simple request for these churches to make of us-to stand up and say, "Black Life Matters."

Please consider encouraging each other to wear black to our churches this weekend. I'm sorry that we did not get this message earlier. Please do what you can to spread the word.

In Christ,

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Holy Synod 2014

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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.

ECC Video

Published on Oct 10, 2014
Ordination/Consecration of
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bp francis Bishop Francis Krebs' Christmas Message, 2014.
Published on Dec 23, 2014


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