This morning we welcome John H. Taylor, the seventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, to celebrate the Eucharist, preach the sermon and confirm two women. Bishop Taylor also joined us for breakfast, and will meet with our vestry following this service.
The bishops of the diocese create a rotation so that they visit every parish and mission in the diocese on a regular basis. The last two visits we received were from bishops Suffragan. Today, for the first time in five years, we receive a visit from the bishop diocesan.
Many at St. Athanasius are new to the Episcopal Church, and may not know that St. Athanasius is one of around 140 congregations in the Diocese of Los Angeles, located from Santa Maria in the north, to San Clemente in the south; Needles in the east and Malibu in the west.
St. Athanasius, founded in 1864, is the oldest congregation in the Diocese, and this year celebrates 100 years in Echo Park. We have an important mission in Los Angeles, and that mission is part of the larger mission of the Diocese. We are blessed to have a bishop who is so committed to the mission of Jesus. Let us welcome him with open arms and ears.