March 22, 2020 – Worship services at both Christ Church and River Grand Senior Living have been suspended in compliance with Public Health directives with regards to COVID-19 concerns. It is unknown when services will be resumed, but it is anticipated this suspension will extend into May. Please check back again for updated information.
In the meantime, please consider joining weekly online worship services at the National Cathedral, (Episcopal), Washington, D.C. (https://cathedral.org). The cathedral is also broadcasting online Morning and Evening Prayer services each day. These online services can be accessed online at any time. Blessings to you and yours.
The Very Rev. Craig Loya Elected Xth Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota
The Very Rev. Craig Loya was elected during the 162nd convention of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN), held in St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis, MN on January 25, 2020.
He was elected on the 2nd ballot.
When notified of the election, Loya shared this statement:
“I am deeply grateful to the people of ECMN, and I pray that, by God’s grace, I will be faithful to the trust you have placed in me today. Among diverse people and across diverse contexts, Minnesota Episcopalians have always borne vibrant witness to God’s reconciling love, and it’s an extraordinary privilege to be called to join that work in this new season. I look forward to walking with you as we follow Jesus together, engage what the Holy Spirit is up to in our neighborhoods, and boldly navigate a new landscape, in order to continue proclaiming the good news of God’s love to a world that is so hungry for it.”
Loya has served as Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska since 2013, and was the Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas from 2009-2013. He received his Master of Divinity from Yale University and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in 2002. Loya lives in Omaha with his wife, Melissa, and their two children.
If you’d like to learn more about Bishop-elect Loya, you can review his materials at mnbishopsearch.org.
The Rev. Debbie Brown, President of the Standing Committee, offered these words of gratitude:
“On Behalf of the Standing Committee I offer my thanks to the bishop candidates to their openness to the Holy Spirit; to the Search Committee for the deeply-considered profile and the gracious search process; the Transition Committee of its continued work of hospitality; to the ECMN family for its patience, heart, and discernment; the ninth Bishop of Minnesota, The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior, along with the Team of Missioners, for their support. Finally, we are every grateful to our consultant, the Rev. Ann Hallisey, and members of the Episcopal Church beyond Minnesota for their mountain of prayers, enthusiasm, guidance, and wisdom. We are the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, bound together in Christ Jesus and the love of God. God is good, all of the time, and for that we rejoice!”
According to the canons of the Episcopal Church, all bishop elections must receive the consent of a majority of diocesan bishops and diocesan standing committees. Following a successful consent process, Bishop-elect Loya will be ordained and consecrated bishop at a very small service which will be live-streamed to all who wish to watch online. This change is due to the public health directives about avoiding large gatherings due to COVID-19 concerns.