The Rev. Kathryn Galicia, who leads the St. Francis Episcopal congregation, did not return phone calls and emails seeking comment. In the past, she said she was unable to talk publicly about the upcoming property settlement.
“We didn’t want to say anything before the property matter was settled,” Talton said. He added that he wishes the departing Anglican congregation well and was trying to be “sensitive” to its feelings in the weeks leading to the return of the property.
Likewise, Anglican Bishop Eric Menees in his remarks to the former St. Francis congregation urged members to pray for the returning Episcopalian congregation and to put any anger it had over the forfeiture of the property on him, because “I was the one who made the decision to give up the property.”
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