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Message from Bishop Eric Menees

July 17, 2016  
Filed under Announcements

4159 E. Dakota Avenue Fresno, California 93726-5297 (559) 244-4828 Bishop@DioceseofSanJoaquin.net

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Eric Vawter Menees, Bishop

July 13, 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin: I am disappointed to inform you that this afternoon, at 5:00 pm, the California State Supreme Court denied our petition for review.

In essence, and practically speaking, this is a conclusion to the case involving the Anglican Diocese Holding Corp. properties. There are three other cases still pending in the lower courts against St. Columba, Fresno; St. Paul, Visalia; and St. John, Porterville.

Our mission in the diocese is to: “Train, Equip, Support and Encourage Clergy and Lay Leaders to Bring People to a Saving Relationship with Jesus Christ.” With or without these properties, our mission stays the same. We made a stand for the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we will continue to do so. We made every effort to do what was right, morally and legally, but the courts decided for The Episcopal Church.

Now is the time for us to begin the process of handing over the properties. We will work with TEC to do this in as gracious and orderly a manner as possible. This will take some time to accomplish, and our legal team will continue to assist us to make sure that all goes smoothly. I will share more information as information becomes available.

In the meantime, I bid your prayers for the Diocese, and especially for all those who have gone before us to lay a foundation firmly on the solid rock of Jesus Christ!

Please join me in expressing gratitude to Rusty vanRozeboom and Allen Haley, along with their team, who fought valiantly on our behalf.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and grant you peace.

Your Servant & Bishop,

The Rt. Rev. Eric Vawter Menees

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