The Episcopal Church has a long-standing presence in Telluride, dating back to before the turn of the century when Coffee Montgomery “Parson” Hoge traveled by horseback through the San Juans from St. Mark’s parish in Durango, via Mancos and Rico, to visit St. Michael’s parish in Telluride.
Episcopal services will begin again this Sunday at St. Patrick’s Church at 6:30 p.m. Services will sometimes consist of evening prayer; occasionally communion will be offered.
Dave Lamb, who has lived in this region for 25 years and owns Telluride Music on Colorado Avenue, has conducted extensive historical research on regional churches and is currently involved with a major archival project at St. Mark’s in Durango. St. Mark’s, St. John’s in Ouray and St. Michael’s in Telluride were all established in the 1870s and 1880s. St. Michael’s parish, Lamb believes, was located on North Pine Street.
When Lamb and his wife, Karen, moved to Telluride in 1992, they tried to re-establish St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.