Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Newest Congregation of Diocese of California

Posted on May 12, 2015

This Sunday, May 10, saw the launch of the Episcopal Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in San Francisco, a bilingual Episcopal Latino Heritage community led by the Rev Mary Moreno–Richardson.

In describing the new faith community, the Rev Moreno–Richardson said, “The Latino Christian faith, and our Lady of Guadalupe dates back to 1770s. Our hope for The Episcopal Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in San Francisco is to keep our faith and heritage alive in the city. We have a strong desire to continue proclaiming our rich Episcopal Latino heritage in San Francisco.”

Forty-five people came for the first Holy Eucharist, including guest clergy the Rev Cn Stefani Schatz, the Revs Anna Lange-Soto, Jeff Dodge, and Malcolm Manson, and Sister Pamela Clare Magers, CSF. The Rev Mary Moreno–Richardson preached about the connection of motherhood in the community and in the launch of this new community of faith. A beautiful Mother’s Day lunch followed provided by members of the community.

The Episcopal Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe was founded by the Rev Mary Moreno–Richardson at the invitation of the Rt Rev Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California, and supported by diocesan funds for mission.  

“We are grateful for the support of many communities in starting Our Lady of Guadalupe, including El Buen Samaritano, St Luke’s, San Francisco, St Mary the Virgin, Bishop Marc Andrus and the Rev Mary Moreno–Richardson. We are also thankful for the support of the rector and vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, the host congregation,” said the Rev Eric Metoyer, associate for congregational ministries.

Come join the Episcopal Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe! Holy Eucharist is 1p.m. on Sundays. The location is 1755 Clay Steet, at the corner of Van Ness and Clay Streets in San Francisco.

The Rev Mary Moreno–Richardson preaching

The Revs Mary and Eric Metoyer at the door of the Episcopal Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Revs Mary and Eric at St. Luke’s, the host of the Episcopal Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe