Reverend Kate Lehman, Pastor
Saturdays at 5:00 PM
Shadow Rock UCC
Education Building Chapel
12861 N. 8th Avenue Phoenix, AZ
St. Teresa of Ávila is united with many other authentic Catholic faith communities as a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC). The ECC is a "community of communities" that share a common theology and liturgical tradition with the Roman Catholic Church, but do not participate in its canon law.
The "ECC Difference" can be seen in the inclusion of all baptized Christians at the Eucharistic table, respect for and recognition that the Spirit is at work in those of other religions, ordination of women and married individuals, offering of the sacrament of marriage to committed LGBT couples and those remarrying after divorce, invitation to follow conscience regarding birth control, and active/equal involvement of the laity in the governance of the Communion.
To learn more, visit the Ecumenical Catholic Communion's website or click on the following topics:
What is the ECC?
What makes the ECC different?
What is the ECC's position on LGBT relationships?
Where can I find other ECC communities?
Marrying at STA
We celebrate the Supreme Court decision on Marriage Equality and invite LGBT couples to celebrate Catholic weddings at STA.
Read the ECC Bishops' complete statement about the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-gender marriage here.
St. Teresa of Ávila Catholic Community is committed to providing the Sacrament of Marriage to those who seriously seek it, including gay couples and those denied a Catholic marriage due to a previous divorce.
Couples wishing to be married at STA are requested to contact Rev. Kate Lehman at revklehman@ gmail.com a minimum of three months in advance to initiate the pre-marriage preparation process. Wedding venues are not restricted to the church sanctuary and couples are invited to discuss prospective sites with Rev. Kate.
Ecumenical Catholic Church moves to
St. Louis, installs new bishop
St. Louis Dispatch, September 18, 2015 • By Lilly Fowler
Just as many were preparing for Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., there was another Francis on Friday throwing his own separate Catholic celebration. The Ecumenical Catholic Church, an independent U.S. denomination with about 10,000 members, has moved its national headquarters to St. Louis.
On Friday, Francis Krebs, a pastor at Sts. Clare & Francis in Webster Groves, became the organization's new presiding bishop at a ceremony celebrated in English and Spanish at Eden Theological Seminary -- the group's host institution.
Read the full article by clicking here.
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