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Photos from the retreat in Greece, May 2012

 

 

Bishops Marsh and Langberg of the ACA and Bishops Grundorf and Loiselle of the APA, along with their wives,
took part in a bishops retreat to Greece between May 6 and May 17.

This is the first time that bishops from each jurisdiction came together for prayer and planning since our
reconciliation agreement was ratified at our national synod last September.
This trip afforded an opportunity for worship, collegiality and long-range planning.

 

The group also visited holy sites in the Mediterranean area, the island of Patmos, where the Revelation
was written, as well as Ephesus in modern Turkey.

 

 

 

Bishops at the chapel on Patmos after celebrating Mass in the orthodox chapel.

 

 

The bishops celebrated Holy Communion every day, prayed together at every meal,
and spent a good deal of time discussing the reconciliation sought between our churches-

(the ACA and APA have been separated since 1995).

They spent four nights on Rhodes, an island visited by St Paul and used as a base by the Knights Hospitallers
during the Crusades, two nights on Patmos, where St John spent his last years, and five nights on Samos, also visited by St Paul, and from which they took a day trip to Ephesus on the coast of Turkey.
The scenery was beautiful and the people, culture, accommodations, and food were all great.

The second event was a trip to Ephesus where they learned a great deal about that ancient Greek city
(in what is now Turkey) and the people who lived there.

 

Paul and John both spent much time there, and it was also the final home of Mary,
who was taken there and cared for by John (as Jesus had instructed from the Cross) until her death.
They stood in the amphitheater where both Paul and John spoke to the citizenry almost 2000 years ago.

Just as John's Revelation comes to life when you stand in the cave where it was written and look out on
the same view John would have seen, Paul's Letter to the Ephesians takes on new meaning when you have
walked the streets and seen buildings familiar both to Paul and to the people to whom he wrote.

 

Bishop Langberg writes-

At the end of our trip, as we were getting ready to leave Samos, while we were waiting to board the plane which would take us to Athens for the long flight home, a rainbow, the biblical token of God's promise,
appeared directly over our plane. I took it as a sign that our work together had met with God's approval, and as His promise that He will help us recover "the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph 4:3) we seek between our churches.

 

Bishop Grundorf, Bishop Marsh, Bishop Loiselle, Bishop Langberg in Rhodes.

 

 

 

 

 

Bishop Grundorf, Bishop Marsh, Bishop Loiselle,
and Bishop Langberg in Rhodes.

 

Bishops Marsh and Langberg of the ACA and Bishops Grundorf and Loiselle of the APA, along with their wives, Ljuba Marsh, Betty Langberg, Mary Grundorf, Emily Loiselle.

Bishops Marsh and Langberg of the ACA and Bishops Grundorf and Loiselle of the APA, along with their wives, Ljuba Marsh, Betty Langberg, Mary Grundorf, Emily Loiselle.

Ljuba Marsh, Betty Langberg, Mary Grundorf, Emily Loiselle

Ljuba Marsh, Betty Langberg, Mary Grundorf, Emily Loiselle

 

Bishop Loiselle and Emily

The Right Reverend Robert Samuel Loiselle, Sr.  
Rector of Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Crownsville, MD
Assistant Bishop, Anglican Province of America

 

Emily Loiselle   Bishop Loiselle and Emily
Bishop Loiselle   Bishop Loiselle and Emily

 

Bishop Grundorf and his wife Mary
The Most Rev'd Walter H. Grundorf, D.D., Presiding Bishop

Bishop Walter and Mary Grundorf   Bishop Grundorf and Mary
Bishop Grundorf and Mary   Bishop Grundorf

 

Bishop Grundorf, Bishop Marsh, Bishop Loiselle, Bishop Langberg

Bishop Grundorf, Bishop Marsh, Bishop Loiselle, Bishop Langberg   Bishop Grundorf, Bishop Marsh, Bishop Loiselle, Bishop Langberg

Bishops at Ephesus- Bishop Grundorf, Bishop Marsh, Bishop Loiselle, Bishop Langberg

As the bishops posed for a group picture in front of one of the monastery's chapels, a white dove landed on the roof above. A few minutes earlier, they had seen an icon of Sts Peter and Paul, reconciled after having had substantial differences, which was recognized as a perfect symbol for the reconciliation sought between our churches.

 

When we visited the cave itself, which is usually crowded with tourists, we (miraculously?) had the place to ourselves for a few moments, during which we prayed for each other and for the unity of Christ's church.

  Bishop Grundorf, Bishop Marsh, Bishop Loiselle, Bishop Langberg Bishops at the monastery chapel. Twelfth Century (you can see the dove on the chapel roof)

Bishop Brian Marsh in Rhodes.

Bishop Brian Marsh in Rhodes.

 

Bishop Loiselle and Bishop Marsh

Bishop Loiselle and Bishop Marsh

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