Letter of Congratulations from Archbishop Anthony

Dear Archbishop Bates,

It is with profound joy that I received the news of your elevation to Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Churches. It is my fervent hope that under your leadership the Communion may continue to move to fully embrace the Faith of the Undivided Church and seek to restore the unity which our Lord desires for His Body, The Church.

In our handling of a sensitive pastoral matter together I found you to be strong, loving and wise. These are the fruits of the prayer life of a bishop of the Church. May our Lord continue to give you the grace necessary to guard and guide His Church.

If you are ever in need of any fraternal discussion, I stand ready to be of service to you.


Archbishop Anthony (Bondi)
New York
The Holy Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church of America
(Former Exarchate of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria in the Americas)

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