A Visit to the Start of the ECC with Peter Elder Hickman


In today’s program we’re going to think about beginnings – starting new projects, entering a new relationship, finding a new job, moving to a new city. Beginnings can be full of energy and excitement, and they can also be a source of anxiety.

Today we welcome Bishop Peter Hickman to “A Priest and a Bishop Walk Into a Story.” Bishop Hickman is the founding bishop of our progressive Catholic church, the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. He holds a special place in our history and we’re eager to hear his story.

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May the God who makes all things new bless you. May even the smallest parts of you pulse and move and change with the tides of hope and curiosity and desire, and let each moment be A a beginning in a world that surges toward a new tomorrow.

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The Hosts of this Program:

Jessixa Gazzola - The Priest - One of the Hosts of A Priest and a Bishop Walk Into a Story...Jessica Gazzola:

Jessica is an ordained priest in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion.
She is a mother to three kids who keep her busy and who remind her what it means to be human in a spiritual world.

Jessica grew up in the Roman Catholic Church and was powerfully influenced by its Sacraments and various strains of mysticism. She attended Marquette University and there the Jesuits helped ground her faith in reason and social justice. Jessica received her Masters of Divinity at an ecumenical seminary, Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, where she was exposed to the wider world of Christianity. After Seminary she served the community of Sts. Clare & Francis as their Associate Pastor for seven years. Lately, Jessica has pulled back from her busy life in the parish to parent and dive deeper into her soul through projects like writing, gardening, cooking, and podcasting.

Frank Krebs - The Bishop - One of the Hosts of A Priest and a Bishop Walk Into a Story...Frank Krebs:

Francis “Frank” Krebs served as a Roman Catholic priest in St. Louis, MO until 1990. He has been with his spouse, Art Maines, since 1998. Frank felt called back into ministry and joined the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) in 2005 after working for 15 years at a large behavioral health company as director of training and organizational development. Frank was, in that same year, a founding pastor of Sts. Clare & Francis ECC community in St. Louis, MO, where he continues to serve. In October of 2014, Frank was elected and consecrated to serve as Presiding Bishop of the ECC—“Bishop Francis”; since the ECC is a member communion, Bishop Francis also serves on the governing board of the National Council of Churches.