Tragic Accident Claims the Lives of ACNA Priest and Wife

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Father Wolfgang Krismanits and his wife, LaDonn, lost their lives in a three vehicle accident on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.  Father Wolf, as he was known, was rector of St. James Anglican Church in Sonora, CA in the Diocese of San Joaquin.

Father Wolf and LaDonn leave behind two daughters, ages 15 and 24.  Plans are currently being developed to help support their daughters.

Bob Townly, Senior Warden of St. James Anglican Church, said, “The whole parish is in a state of shock over the news and we are just trying now to come to the realization of what it means for us and of course Father Wolf’s family.  I just covet your prayers for the parish and the family.  I’ve always had a high respect for them and they will be missed by not only the parishioners, but the whole community as well.”

A memorial service for Father Krismanits and LaDonn will be held this coming Saturday, December 1st at 2:00 PM, at the Chapel in the Pines, 18580 Cherokee Drive, Twain Harte, CA 95383.  It is open to the public.  Additionally, the 10:30 mass at St. James Anglican Church this Sunday, December 2nd will be in honor of the beloved husband and wife.  Bishop Eric Menees will lead the service.

Please join us in praying for the Krismanits family, St. James Anglican Church Anglican Church in Sonora, CA and their community:

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; especially in the lives of Father Wolf and LaDonn and their family.  We ask that You would graciously provide peace and provision for their family and the people of St. James.  Pour out Your Spirit on all who grieve from this tragic loss.  We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Week of Prayer for Peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

To the Bishops, Clergy, and Christians of the Anglican Church in North America

Greetings in the wonderful name of The Lord Jesus Christ.

Some of you may know of the great challenges that are faced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Horrible armed conflict has claimed more than five million lives there since 1998. Now, a surge in fighting in the eastern part of the country has increased the casualties.

In the midst of extreme poverty and violence, the Anglican Church of Congo has maintained a faithful witness. Our dear friend and GAFCON/FCA brother, Archbishop Henri Isingoma is being joined by other Christian leaders in calling for a week of intense prayer from Monday, November 26th to Sunday, December 2nd. Archbishop Henri is an amazing inspiration, being able to keep his focus on the Gospel of Jesus Christ in circumstances that are unimaginably difficult.

It is our Christian duty in the Anglican Church in North America to join with our brothers and sisters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in this season of prayer with hope and expectation that the same God who raised Jesus Christ from the dead would bring a breakthrough for genuine and lasting peace.

Faithfully in Christ,
++Robert Pittsburgh

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Steve Breedlove Consecrated First Bishop of PEARUSA

On October 29, 2012 Steve Breedlove was consecrated in Denver, CO as first bishop of PEARUSA.  Preaching at the consecration, Archbishop Robert Duncan gave thanks for the partnership of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and the Anglican Church of Rwanda (PEAR), which has resulted in PEAR’s ongoing missionary effort to plant biblically-faithful Anglican churches in North America.

“Ours are two provinces that are inextricably bound together…We are embedded in one another.  To God be the glory for what He has done,” Archbishop Duncan stated.

Click below to view video of the consecration, courtesy of Anglican TV.

PHOTO CAPTION: The Rt. Rev. Steven Breedlove (source: