Pastoral Letters


April 4, 2010

Nearly three months after a magnitude-7 earthquake decimated wide swaths of Haiti and destroyed much of the infrastructure of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin said his Easter homily that "The Lord is with all Haitians."

"We can no longer continue to look for...

December 4, 2003

December 5, 2003

For the House of Bishops

My dear brothers and sisters:

The Council of Advice has just met with me and, given the fact that its members are elected from each of the nine provinces, their reports on the state of the church from their several perspectives...

November 30, 2003

Same-sex blessings, AIDS initiatives in Africa, and the needs of theological education across the Anglican Communion topped the list of concerns brought to the 2003 meeting of the primates of the Anglican Communion, held May 19-26 in Gramado, Southern Brazil, and hosted by the Igreja Episcopal...

October 8, 2003

In an October 3 letter to bishops of the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold expressed his gratitude for their "pastoral sensitivities, wisdom and grace-filled leadership" in what he described as "very unsettling and uncertain days."

"Regardless of your own views about...

June 10, 2003

The Primates of the Anglican Communion send this pastoral letter to all bishops, clergy and people of our churches, with the desire that it be read or distributed at public worship on the Feast of Pentecost, 2003.

"I have called you friends." (John 15.15)

United in Common Prayer and...

May 22, 2003

We are now in the season of Pentecost, having moved through the Great Fifty Days of Easter which culminated on May 20 with the celebration of the day of Pentecost.

Well I remember from my own experiences as a parish priest, and then a bishop making visitations, the energy that went into...

March 17, 2003

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We, your bishops, write to you in perilous times. We do not know what the next days will bring. War and the threat of war make many afraid for the welfare of all that they love, and all those whom they hold dear. Such fear gnaws at the edges of...

April 14, 1998

Canterbury Cathedral My brothers and sisters in Christ:

As your Presiding Bishop and Chief Pastor I write you as the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops has just concluded in Canterbury, England.

On one of the final days of the conference, I called together our House of...