Friday, July 1, 2011

Episcopal Diocese to reopen churches

From The Pittsburgh Trib-

The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is reopening the first of three parishes closed for several years, diocesan officials announced Thursday.

"What we're doing is making sure people who want to worship in the Episcopal tradition have a place to do so," said Rich Creehan, diocese spokesman.

The first service at St. James Episcopal Church, 11524 Frankstown Road in Penn Hills, which closed in 2008, will take place at 9 a.m. Sunday. The congregation will be led by the Rev. Vicente Santiago.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1201 Chestnut Ave. in Barnesboro, Cambria County, will hold its first service after a seven-year hiatus at 10 a.m. July 17. Deacon Ann Staples and Chris Baumann, parish administrator and preacher, will rebuild the church. Baumann is in the process of becoming a deacon.

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