News from the Diocese of the Rio Grande

Posted by Kendall Harmon

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Bishop Frey Appointed Priest in Charge of St. Mark's on the Mesa

The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande is pleased to announce that the Right Reverend William Frey has accepted a temporary appointment as Priest- in- Charge of St. Mark’s-on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bishop Frey will preach and celebrate during the regularly scheduled 8 AM and 10:30 AM services on Sunday, October 4, 2009.

Bishop Frey currently serves as Assisting Bishop for the Diocese. He previously served as Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado from 1972-1990, and Dean of Trinity School for Ministry from 1990 to 1996. Along with his wife Barbara, the Bishop will reside in Albuquerque during his tenure as Priest in Charge. Bishop Frey will serve until a long term Priest-in-Charge can be in place. He will then resume his normal duties in the Diocese.


Bishop Frey will be assisted by the Reverend Beth Noland who has served as deacon at St. Mark’s for four years. For more than 25 years Beth has served both the Diocese and the national church in various capacities. She was ordained to the Holy Order of Deacons in 2001. Beth and her husband Chuck have resided in Albuquerque since 2005.

On Sunday, September 27th, the congregation of St. Mark’s received the news that several clergy and members of the congregation of St. Mark’s had decided to leave St. Mark’s-on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church to form Christ the King Anglican Church. The Rev. Roger Weber will serve as Priest in Charge.

Services at St. Mark’s on- the-Mesa Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Place, will continue as currently scheduled. An up to date schedule can be found on the church’s website: http://www.stmarksonthemesa.org. Come and be renewed by this beautiful worship experience at St. Mark’s-on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church, Sunday, October 4th.



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Posted September 30, 2009 at 5:35 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. MargaretG wrote:

several clergy and members of the congregation

Just one or two you know ....

September 30, 6:31 pm | [comment link]
2. nwlayman wrote:

I didn’t know the BCP allowed for a private mass…..

September 30, 6:56 pm | [comment link]
3. jamesw wrote:

God’s blessings on this new endeavor Libbie and Roger!

September 30, 9:06 pm | [comment link]
4. Daniel Lozier wrote:

Maybe Bishop Frey will convince the rest to leave.  He is a God-fearing and Spirit-filled man, and I cannot think of anyone better to lead the lost.

October 1, 6:23 pm | [comment link]
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