Office of the Bishop Announcements

  • Litany of Lamentation by Bishop Barry Beisner

    The Litany of Lamentation was read by the bishop at the Service of Lamentation at Trinity Cathedral on March 14 at 7 p.m. Two students who have participated in Pathways also spoke at the service. A video of their talks is below.

  • Kenn Katona - A ‘Sparkplug’ for St. Clement’s, Rancho Cordova

    By Sophie Smal, Communications CoordinatorBorn into a Roman Catholic family, the new priest-in-charge at St. Clement’s, Rancho Cordova, said he initially didn’t like attending church. “I made a deal with my parents that if I got confirmed, I could stop going to church, which I did.

  • Pamela Dolan - Northern California Feels Like Home, Again

    By Sophie Smal, Communications CoordinatorHaving spent the first seven years of her childhood in Vacaville, the Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan is glad to be back in California, serving as the new rector of St.

  • Bishop Barry Formally Calls for Election of New Bishop

  • A Word to the Church from the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops

    The Episcopal Church House of Bishops, meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska (Diocese of Alaska) approved and presented the following Word to the Church.A Word to the Church from The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops Gathered in Fairbanks, Alaska, September 21-26, 2017The bishops of The Episcopal Church came to Alaska to listen to the earth and its peoples as an act of prayer, solidarity and witness. We came because:“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those ...

  • From the Bishop and Standing Committee

    September 12, 2017To the People of God in the Diocese of Northern California:Grace to you and peace through our Lord Jesus Christ.We write to you, as Bishop and Standing Committee President of this diocese, to inform you of an expectation that Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be with us on June 29, 2019. The purpose of his visit will be the ordination and consecration of a new bishop diocesan, at which point your present bishop will "retire".  We anticipate that a new bishop will have be...

  • Hurricane Harvey Update from Bishop Andy Doyle

    Dear Colleagues, I was and continue to be a bit in shock with all that is going on. We have been reunited with our daughter after 3 days of the storm. My mother is safe as is my sister-in-law after being rescued.

  • Donna Arellano - A Journey from Computer Programmer to Deacon

    By Sophie Smal, Communications CoordinatorAs a cradle Episcopalian, the Rev. Donna Lynn Arellano spent her adolescent and young adult years attending church in Philadelphia. After she graduated high school, Arellano attended college and earned her degree in computer engineering.

  • Sarah Quinney - A Priest Since Childhood

    By Sophie Smal, Communications Coordinator When little Sarah Quinney played priest in her childhood bedroom in Jacksonville, Florida, she never actually thought she'd become a priest later on in life. Yet she felt drawn to the liturgy as a child and even carried her own miniature prayer book to church with her."From that point on, it stayed in the back of my mind that I'd become a priest," the Rev. Sarah said.As she became an adult, her focus was on pursuing vocal studies at Florida State Univer...

  • Office of the Bishop Staff Changes

    Sandra Littman, Administrative Assistant to the Bishop, has now retired. Filling in for her is Elizabeth Vang, who is continuing to function as Receptionist and Administrative Assistant as well. When you arrive at the Office of the Bishop, if no one is at the front desk, please press the buzzer and someone will meet you in the lobby shortly.

  • Message from the Bishop, July 2017

    Dear Friends in Christ,Grace and peace to you. I hope that your summer so far has been blessed with the gift of sabbath.Recently, in the midst of a joyful Eucharist at St. Michael's, Alturas, I was blessed to receive David Cohen as an Associate of the Community of the Transfiguration.

  • John Day - Second Career, Second Calling to the Church

    By Sophie Smal, Communications CoordinatorSince one of his parents was a Mormon and the other an Episcopalian, the Rev. John E. Day had an option of which faith to step into; however, he felt called into the Episcopal Church, which he attended in Salt Lake City growing up.Even though he "chose" the Episcopal Church, Day said that the ministry really became "a second career" for him, and now he has "two 20-year careers under (his) belt."Day's first position was as a commercial banker, and after h...

  • Mark Parker - Better Late than Never - to Become a Priest

    By Sophie Smal, Communications CoordinatorUnlike our last two recently ordained priests, the Rev. Mark Ragon Parker was raised as an Episcopalian; however, he didn't become a priest until "relatively late in life."Although he now lives near Grass Valley, Parker grew up attending St. Mark's in Berkeley, where he later attended seminary at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, earning a Certificate in Anglican Studies. After retiring as the Director of Library Services in Placer County in 20...

  • Anne Clarke - Faith Pushed Her to Become a Leader and Priest

    By Sophie Smal, Communications CoordinatorEven though she never thought of herself as a leader when she was younger,  the Rev. Anne Clarke  has held the leadership position of Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator of the diocese for two years now.   Clarke grew up in a Lutheran church, where she found purpose in her church's youth group throughout her high school years, and she "felt compelled to go towards leadership because the work was so compelling and importa...

  • Sonya Reichel - Call to Priesthood Led Her to the Episcopal Church

    By Sophie Smal, Communications Coordinator  The Rev. Sonya J. Reichel was raised in the Roman Catholic church and started to feel called to the priesthood in her early 20s.Although ordination was not an option in her faith, Reichel tried to respond to what she felt was a calling in ways available in the Roman Catholic church.Through this period of discernment, Reichel spent many years doing the following: she lived in a Dominican Convent in Nashville,  worked as a marriage & fa...

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