Frank Tracy Griswold III

The 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Frank T. Griswold

For the Primates of the Anglican Communion

October 23, 2003

My dear brothers in Christ, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I returned home from our meeting at Lambeth grateful for the spirit of candor in which we shared our thoughts and feelings. I thank God for the opportunity to come together in Christ’s name and for […]

A Word to the Church

October 17, 2003

I have just returned several hours ago from the meeting of the Primates in London. It was a difficult but very truthful meeting in which our understanding of one another¹s contexts and the burdens each one of us must bear were made abundantly clear. I have ever greater respect and affection for these brothers of […]

Supported by Prayer

October 15, 2003

I have been traveling a great deal in these last weeks, including to two consecrations, a diocesan visitation, and a retreat for Diocesan Jubilee Officers. Everywhere I go people ask me the same question: “How are you?” They want to know something of my thoughts and feelings during these very difficult days in the life […]

The ‘gift of God’

September 26, 2003

Recently I spent several days at a Benedictine monastery in upstate New York. I have known the community there for the last 39 years, and its hospitality and brotherly affection have been an anchor in the various seasons of my life and ministry. As the events of our recent General Convention continue to unfold, I […]

The Presiding Bishop's Statement on the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride

September 24, 2003

The 74th General Convention of our Church, acknowledging the urgency of protecting and enhancing the civil and economic rights of immigrants, called us to "encourage support of the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride by educating its members to the importance of immigration law reform, organizing congregations to support the ride." In the spirit of this timely […]

Claiming our Anglican Charism

August 25, 2003

DURING OUR GENERAL Convention in Minneapolis, media observers frequently noted that the Episcopal Church set an example in dealing with highly contentious issues. One newspaper editorial noted our “thoughtfulness and mutual respect for one another.” Our “civility” was frequently remarked on, and our ability to articulate and hold very different points of view in a […]

Presiding Bishop Griswold's Friday sermon

August 8, 2003

Readings: Romans 10:13-17; Psalm 96:1-7; John 7:16-18 On this, the last day of this General Convention, the Church invites us to call to mind St. Dominic, who in the early years of the 13th century founded the Order of Preachers, a brotherhood whose whole purpose was to proclaim, by word and example, the good news […]

Sermon: Friday August 8, 2003

August 8, 2003

On this, the last day of this General Convention, the Church invites us to call to mind St. Dominic, who in the early years of the 13th, century founded the Order of Preachers: a brotherhood whose whole purpose was to proclaim, by word and example, the good news of God in Christ: to speak not […]

A statement from the Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, USA

August 6, 2003

We find ourselves in a moment when the selection of a priest by the Diocese of New Hampshire as their next bishop has been assented to by the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church and then by the bishops with jurisdiction. This clears the way for the Rev. Canon Gene Robinson to be ordained […]

Eucharist Monday, August 04, 2003

August 4, 2003

“Ripara la mia Chiesa;’ “rebuild my church” are the words Francis of Assisi heard coming from the figure of Christ painted on the cross which hung in the tumble-down Chapel of San Damiano where he had gone one day to pray.  Francis took Christ’s words quite literally and set himself to the task of rebuilding […]

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