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Article | September 30, 2022

Congregation Update: Feast of St. Francis

Blog|The Rev. Canon Dr. Greg Kimura, Ph. D.

Dear Grace Cathedral Family,

Folks around the Diocese gathered for Clergy Retreat at Bishop’s Ranch this week. We spent time in prayer and learning, especially about Franciscan spirituality, with Bishop Marc. It was an opportunity to meet many of the leaders from the churches in our Diocese — and the first time I had been at the campus in beautiful Healdsburg. It was an experience I will never forget.

This meant that for Grace Cathedral, much of the three-day work was in the capable hands of staff. They have had to carry an extra burden lately, and I want to recognize their extraordinary efforts and excellence in what they do.

Speaking of Francis, this Sunday, we will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, our city’s patron, with the Blessing of the Animals. You are all invited to bring your pets to church to be blessed after each service, and we offer special photo opportunity on the plaza after the 11 am service.

2022 Artist in Residence Mingwei Lee and Dean Malcolm Young with being in conversation at The Forum, from 9:30-10:30 am; this kicks off a host of activities leading up to Mingwei’s installation Our Labyrinth For Grace, noon-midnight, Saturday, October 8. Learn more here:

These Artist-in-Residence activities by a world-renowned figure like Mingwei are a great reason to join Grace Cathedral as a Cultural Membership. What does it mean to be a Cultural Member? If you believe in the social mission, enjoy world-class art, love programming like The Forum, yoga, and sound bath… and perhaps see yourself as more of a “seeker” than into “church,” Cultural Membership is for you! You support the institution and its values, receive discounts and early bird opportunities, and help us to continue this exciting programming vision.

Finally, we are starting an Inquirers Class 12:30-1:30 pm, Sunday, October 16, continuing for six Sundays after the 11 am service. Think of it as Episcopal 101, Grace Cathedral-style. The classes will be team-led by clergy staff and graduates of Grace’s Education for Ministry program. For more info, contact Roberta Sautter at or me at


The Revd Greg Kimura, Ph.D. (Cantab.)
Vice Dean

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