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St. Stanislaus Considers Joining Mo. Episcopal Diocese

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Another chapter in the long history of St. Stanislaus Kostka parish near downtown appears to be in the writing.

Rev. Marek Bozek, the pastor of St. Stanislaus, says the former Catholic parish has entered into talks with the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri about becoming a member of that church body.

Bozek says the Episcopal Bishop of Missouri, the Right Reverend George Wayne Smith, attended services at St. Stanislaus a couple of Sundays ago.

“Our parishioners were happy to meet him in-person and hear him directly and explicitly invite us into a community with the diocese,” he said.

Rev. Bozek says the move appears to make a lot of sense for both parties since the two are close theologically and in their sacramental practices.

“We would not need to switch to the Anglican services or take on any Anglican tradition. We would be permitted to function as we have functioned over the last 120 years,” he added.

Still, Bozek says it is still early in the game and there is still a lot of discussing and praying to do before either side can sign off on the deal. The deal would need to be approved by parishioners and the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA.

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