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The Ecumenical Catholic Communion in the southern desert of California has had a unique history. It all began on February 7, 2000, when the Pathfinder Community of the Risen Christ became the sixth parish to join Bishop Peter Hickman in the newly formed Ecumenical Catholic Communion.

Friends from the Newman Center in Palm Desert created the first circle with Father Ned Reidy as their pastor. A few months later, in June of 2000, Bishop Peter ordained the first woman of the ECC, Rev. Kathy McCarthy, who was then co-pastor for thirteen years.

In March of 2013, the Church of Holy Wisdom was formed when the original parish ceded from the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. The folks then asked that Rev. Kathy McCarthy become their pastor. The United Church of the Desert welcomed this new community and offered rented space for services every Saturday afternoon at 4 PM.

One and all agree that the present setting and the present situation are just right and happening at the right time. All feel most blessed and most grateful. There is a lot of history to come and we welcome it all!

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Last updated March 24, 2013.

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