After almost 60 years of ministry, Holy Cross Episcopal Church in San Antonio has determined to close its doors. In a January 31 letter to Bishop Gary Lillibridge, the church’s bishop’s warden, Judson Jones, advised that the congregation had voted unanimously to request the church closing. Current members of Holy Cross, which is located on the south side of San Antonio, will be transferred to St. Stephen’s until they may decide to move their membership elsewhere. Holy Cross and St. Stephen’s have been in a partnership relationship for several years.
In his letter, Jones said the congregation “does not take this action lightly but after long and prayerful consideration.” Jones said the congregation’s attendance has decreased dramatically in recent years and the income no longer supports the church.
At Council, the bishop accepted the church’s letter and said he will work with the congregation to implement the closing over the next year. He thanked the congregation for its ”exceptional work and efforts under diminishing circumstances.” At his suggestion, council delegates and clergy rose to give the congregation a round of support and applause.
Holy Cross was organized in November 1956 under the guidance of Rev. Arthur B. Geeson, rector of St. Stephen’s. A church building was dedicated in April 1964 by Bishop Everett Jones with the Rev. David Penticuff as priest in charge.
New Community in Mason
At the same time, Lillibridge announced that a group of 20 or so Episcopalians in Mason have been gathering for worship for several months. “We are not doing anything formal at this time,” said Lillibridge, “but we wanted you to know about the presence of this group as they discern their future together.” Lillibridge has given the group the name of St. Martin’s Episcopal Worshipping Community.