Holy Family Closes its Doors

Holy Family Closes its Doors

by Keri Lopez, Director of Communications

For more than thirty years, Holy Family Episcopal Church in Rohnert Park has been an important part of the community. In 2007, its NOAH food pantry was designated a Jubilee Ministry Center of the Episcopal Church. As a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, the members of Holy Family have worshiped, cared for one another, and served the community from their location across the street from Sonoma State University.

Recently, increased maintenance costs along with a decrease in pledge income and rental revenues created a financial crisis for the congregation. After the parish exhaustively explored a variety of options with the Congregational Vitalization Committee, the diocesan Board of Directors decided to sell the property, hopefully to another church. Many of the sacred items and decorations will continue to be used in other churches within the diocese.

The legacy of Holy Family will continue on, reflected in the work and initiative taken with projects such as COTS (Committee on the Shelterless), “The Neighborhood Farm” community garden, NOAH (Neighbors Organized Against Hunger) food pantry, and HALO (Holistic Arts and Learning Organization), sponsoring, designing, and presenting quality education and arts programs and concerts.

The Rev. Dr. Gail Cafferata has served as priest in charge for the past nine years. Bishop Barry Beisner has provided Bishop George Hunt to serve as their chaplain through this process. He will be present for their closing service of thanksgiving and praise on May 20th at 4:30 pm, along with the Very Rev Matthew Lawrence, Dean of the West Deanery. The formal deconsecration will be held at a later date with Bishop Beisner present.

Click here to read the formal announcement as shared by Holy Family on April 28, 2012.

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