To the editor:
This year Greater Rochester Community of Churches (GRCC) celebrates 90 years of ecumenical work. In 1919 the Federation of Churches was founded and, over the next many years, it served our city and county through wars, depression, civil rights, and ongoing aid to our most vulnerable citizens.
After Vatican II the Roman Catholic community stepped forward to enhance this ecumenical work, and Bishop Matthew Clark became president of the board from 1980 to 1982. Bishop Clark remained active on the board through the 1980s and still is a trusted partner in ecumenical work.
From 1988 to 1990, the late Margery Nurnberg, Ecumenical Officer of the Diocese served as president. From 2000 to 2004 Sister Beth LeValley led the agency into a new way of being and working together in a new century. She still serves the board. Today Marvin Mich, Director of Social Policy at Catholic Family Center, serves as our president. Also sitting on the board as diocesan representative is Deacon John Brasley, and on our Worship and Discipleship Team, Gloria Ulterino. These names do not include the many Roman Catholics who have served the board at-large and worked on independent projects.
On June 2 GRCC hosted its 18 Annual Faith In Action Celebration Dinner. It was a grand evening filled with thanksgiving for the many people who daily put their faith into action doing God’s work in the world. Four Roman Catholic parishes were there to lift up the work of their members: Church of the Assumption honored Frank and Eileen DeChalais; St. Andrew Church honored Gail Bauerschmidt; St. Louis Church honored Meg Smerbeck; and St. Mary’s Church Downtown honored Diane Dailey.
I wanted to share this information and say thank you to all our Roman Catholic members and friends for supporting GRCC.
Marie E. Gibson