Saturday, August 04, 2012

Bishop Seabury Church Holds Last Service In Building Sunday

Congregation to leave after U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear its case in June.
By Deborah Straszheim
posted August 4, 2012

Father Ronald Gauss said he never thought he’d lose the fight to stay in Bishop Seabury Church.

If he did, he said he would have left a long time ago.

It turns out he did lose. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review a Connecticut Supreme Court decision that the church property belongs to the Episcopal Diocese, and parishioners from another congregation cannot take that property with them.

On Sunday, the congregation called Bishop Seabury Anglican Church, will hold its last service at 10 a.m. in the church on North Road in Groton. Parishioners will circle the building, pray, and drive to the Groton Inn & Suites, where they will hold future services.

“We’ll be all right. We’ll survive,” said Guass, who has been with Bishop Seabury 37 years. “This is a very devout Christian body, and whatever happened, God has allowed it to happen.” the rest


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