New Western Rite Mission in Muleshoe, Texas
From Antiochian.org. (Forgive how long it's taken me to post here, or how long it's been between posts here.):
On Sunday February 8th, 2009, Fr. Michael Keiser trekked out to the plains of West Texas and received 41 people as catechumens into the Holy Orthodox Church.
St. Clement Church in Muleshoe, Texas, began in September 1997 as a small group doing the Office of evening prayer on Wednesday nights and was affiliated with the Charismatic Episcopal Church. Fr. Sergio Leal was ordained to the diaconate in April 1998 and began serving a Deacon's Mass. In November of the same year was ordained to the priesthood. In April 2000, St. Clement purchased a church building where they currently worship.
In 2006, the Diocese of the South Central along with other dioceses, separated from the Charismatic Episcopal Church and formed another communion.
After much prayer and dialogue with others who have walked a similar path, it was decided that it was time to come home. The people of St. Clement would like to express their gratitude to Metropolitan PHILIP, Bishop BASIL and the whole Vicariate for making a way. To God be the glory!
I have to echo the last line, on behalf of the new faithful and the Western Rite: "To God be the glory!"
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