REC Presiding Bishop died suddenly on 24 Nov 2016
Our most gracious Lord called our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Royal Grote, Jr., to his eternal home in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day. He peacefully departed this life in his sleep.
Memorial service arrangements and further details will be announced as they are determined.
The Rt. Rev. Ray R. Sutton, Vice-President of the Reformed Episcopal Church and Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Mid-America, will assume responsibilities as President of the Reformed Episcopal Church and Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Mid-America.
Please be in prayer for Bishop Grote’s wife, Ellen, and the Grote family.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace; and may Light Perpetual shine upon them. Amen.
The Reformed Episcopal Church is a subjurisdiction and founding member of the Anglican Church in North America. Archbishop Beach said, “We will miss his godly and wise leadership in the College of Bishops, his tremendous witness for Christ, and his warm friendship.”