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St. Gabriel and All Angels: Miller to be consecrated as bishop

May 19, 2017
Source: submitted From left are the Rt. Rev. Dr. Lloyd Worley, Archbishop the Rt. Rev. William SH Downey, Archbishop Primate the Most Rev. Graham Wale, the Rt. Rev. Gaspar Torres at the conclusion of the Holy Eucharist closing the Provincial Triennial, October 2014, at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The four will conduct the Rev. Thomas Miller’s consecration ceremony June 3.

After three decades of service as a priest and rector at St. Gabriel and All Angels in Fairfield, on June 3, the Rev. Thomas Miller will be consecrated as a bishop in the Liberal Catholic Church.

The traditional ceremony, which typically draws clergy and church members from around the United States, will be conducted by the international Presiding Archbishop Graham Wale, from France; Regionary Archbishop Williams Downey,  from Ojai, California and Bishop Lloyd Worley, from Greeley, Colorado. Bishop Gasper Torres, originally from Cuba, but now from Miami, Florida, will also be in attendance during the ceremony.

“The road to becoming a bishop involves a deep process of transformation, culminating in the consecration ceremony, which is reported to be a very powerful and profound event by those who have experienced it,” said Miller’s wife. Donna. “The local parish feels grateful and blessed to be able to host and attend this special ceremony. The church looks forward to his service as a resident bishop, which will add to the spiritual benefits offered to the community.”

The Rev. Miller, who has served as a rector and priest for 30 years, will celebrate his first Holy Eucharist as a bishop at 10:15 a.m. June 4.

In preparation for the event, the church has undergone many renovations. Outdoor work included a new concrete parking area; sidewalks and an entry ramp; the restoration of the original front steps and brick balustrades; landscaping upgrades; a small grotto in honor of Our Lady Mary and essential repairs to the building. Indoor work featured new carpeting throughout the church, window repair, painting, and the remodeling of several key areas.

Parish members have also worked steadily for months to ensure that all areas are organized well.

“It is a special occasion, and the church family has joined together to create a memorable day for all who attend,” Miller said.

For more information or to attend the consecration call the church at 472-1625 or email consecration@stgabe.org.

St. Gabriel and All Angels is at the corner of Burlington Avenue and C Street.

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