South African Bishop to Preach at St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights

The Rt. Rev. Margaret Vertue, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of False Bay, South Africa, will preach at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, at the 9 and 11:15 AM worship services on Sunday, September 7. She will also lead the Forum at 10 AM that morning.

St. Paul’s enjoys a special relationship with two parishes in the Diocese of False Bay, St. Clare of Assisi in Ocean View and St. Matthew’s Chapelry in Masiphumelele. Parishioners Mary and Rich Nodar began this partnership in mission to Masiphumelele when they traveled there in 2002. They returned for three months each year until 2012. Over the years, the partner churches have sent their members, including their youth groups, on numerous exchange visits. St. Paul’s also helped establish two foster homes in the Diocese of False Bay.

During her first visit to the U.S., Bishop Vertue, one of only two female Anglican bishops in Africa, will take part in the consecration of the Reverend Alan Gates, St. Paul’s former rector, as bishop of Massachusetts on September 13.

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