To the faithful Episcopalians in the Diocese of Pittsburgh:

This weekend was a very special one for me and it was a very special one for our Diocese.  In the past decade many of us have felt disregarded and our voices ignored.  There is a lot of hurt that we all must work through and my heart grieves this sad reality.  Nevertheless, last Saturday’s Special Convention was a great leap for our diocese as we move forward together in faith toward a very hopeful future.

There is a very rich history of the Episcopal tradition in Pittsburgh and on December 13, 2008, a unified voice declared that once again the great Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh would be a faithful contributor to the work and mission of the Church in the Episcopal Tradition.

I felt compelled to write and say thank you for being a part of this great day as well as making room for my ordination in the midst of it.  I am always fearful when worship and politics mix, but this celebration put away all fear.   As Bishop Jones and my fellow clergy gathered around to lay their hands upon me and pray for me, there my heart was surely fixed where true joys are to be found, in the love and grace of our Lord and the evidence of God’s mercy in my life.

It truly was a great day. Thank you.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Reverend Kristian Opat
Curate, St. Paul’s Mt. Lebanon
The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh

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