Gretchen Lane was beloved in our diocese, and her death evokes sadness in all of us who knew her. At the same time, this is an occasion for us to proclaim hope in resurrection, to give thanks for her presence and friendship, and to convey our love to Steve, who was our bishop for over a decade. Her funeral is the same day as Spring Training. Several in our community, especially members of governing bodies and diocesan staff, would like to be in Rochester on the 21st of March. Therefore, I am taking the decision to cancel Spring Training.
Certainly some of us will be disappointed about this decision. Many of you had already committed to being in Augusta, to hearing the Reverend Jay Sidebotham, and to attending or leading workshops. However, not all is lost, not ever. Early in May we will gather in Bangor to be with Canon Stephanie Spellers, and with our Presiding Bishop, Michael Bruce Curry. It will be an occasion for us to gather together, to claim our call as evangelists, to learn, and to worship. I hope all of us will make this a priority. For more information about the Presiding Bishop's visit, click here.
Gretchen’s memorial service will be at the Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas, 2000 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY at 11:00am on Saturday, 21 March. If you are interested in joining others from the Diocese of Maine in attending the service, arrangements have been made for bus transportation and a room block at a nearby hotel. Those details appear below.
Please send condolence notes, and sympathy cards to: The Rt. Rev. Stephen Lane and Family, 1400 East Avenue, #313, Rochester, NY 14610. Memorial contributions in thanksgiving for Gretchen may be made to: Saint Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry, 143 State Street, Portland, ME 04101 or The Center for Wisdom's Women, PO Box 1016, Lewiston, ME 04240.
Read the full letter from Bishop Brown that includes details about bus transportation to the service.
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