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Office of Presiding Bishop
Ecumenical Catholic Communion
483 E Lockwood Ave. Ste. 3
St. Louis, MO 63119
Press Contact:
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 heran Church.

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

Commissioning of
Bishop Francis Krebs
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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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Holy Synod 2014

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Here is a link to Bishop Francis
Commissioning Ceremony:

Eden to Host Commissioning Ceremony for the Reverend Frank Krebs
Eden to Host

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.

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Published on Oct 10, 2014
Ordination/Consecration of
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