Office of the Bishop Announcements

  • Thinking of Vestry and Mission Committee as a Spiritual Gift

    By the Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin, Canon to the OrdinaryHave you ever participated in a vestry or mission committee and wondered what our common work would be like if we gathered more as a community of believers, and less like a business meeting? A part of my work this year has focused on transforming governance meetings into a place of deepening discipleship: where the group gathered has made a commitment to learn about and practice a discipline of the Christian faith, and to engage that d...

  • 2018 Clergy Conference - May 22-24

    We look forward to seeing you at the Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg. All canonically resident clergy and clergy who are serving in parochial positions in this diocese are expected to attend, so we may deepen and enrich our relationships. Please contact Bishop Beisner via email prior to the event if you are unable to attend for any reason.

  • Bishop Barry to Receive CDSP Honorary Degree May 18

    The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, will receive an honorary degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, at its commencement on Friday, May 18. The Rev.

  • April 2018 Message from the Bishop

    Dear Friends in Christ:Grace and peace to you, and Easter blessings. (My Easter Vigil sermon is available here.)I have just returned from a brief time with our latest College for Congregational Development gathering. This program, the people who lead it, and the people who participate in it are a clear expression of the health and strength of this Diocese.Like you, I have found that the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King has been an occasion for some deep and difficult r...

  • On the 50th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr. (video)

    Bishop Beisner recorded this reflection earlier this week. Here is the text of the video.On the 50th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr.Dear Friends in Christ:Grace and peace, and Easter blessings to you.Recent protests in Sacramento call for us to say his name: Stephon Clark. In all that that name evokes in us, I hope that we will be helped to hear that longing which Martin Luther King Jr.

  • A Call to March by Bishop Barry Beisner

    A Call to March 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.

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