Joint Statement of Bishops Kopacz, Kihneman, Seage and Swanson
April 3, 2018
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
As our nation gathers to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this is an ideal time for our respective Christian communities to devote an even greater commitment to fostering understanding across racial, ethnic and gender divides.
As Bishops of the Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist traditions, we are asking each of our faithful to stand with us in recognizing and rejecting continued injustice against our neighbors. As we celebrate this Easter season, a season of rebirth, let us all be reborn with a renewed spirit of love and compassion to strengthen our parish and secular communities and to not be afraid of the stranger at the door.
Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz Bishop Louis F. Kihneman, III
Eleventh Bishop Fourth Bishop
Catholic Diocese of Jackson Catholic Diocese of Biloxi
Bishop Brian R. Seage Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr.
Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Resident Bishop, MS Conference
Diocese of Mississippi The United Methodist Church
Director of Communications
Catholic Diocese of Jackson