[Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin] On April 5 the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin and
the Episcopal Church received a decision from the California Fifth District Court of Appeal affirming the judgment issued by the Fresno Superior Court directing that approximately 28 properties and various diocesan funds shall be returned to the diocese of San Joaquin. The properties include parish properties, the Diocesan camp and conference center in Oakhurst, the cathedral in Fresno.
The Court of Appeal’s decision does not become final for another 30 days during
which the defendants may seek a re-hearing. After this thirty-day period, the defendants
may choose to petition the Supreme Court of California for review. The diocesan
leadership will review the decision with the Chancellor, Michael Glass, and continue to
plan and address any developments accordingly.
Upon receiving news of the decision, Bishop David Rice stated “I am urging the diocese
to remain in a position of prayer for everyone involved as we continue to hear what the
spirit is saying to the church.”