St. Stanislaus might join the Episcopal Church

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A north St. Louis church that was in a bitter legal fight for years with the St. Louis Archdiocese may be changing its denomination entirely.

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church could become part of the Episcopal church.  The possible switch to the Episcopal church is laid out in a letter from Bishop Geroge Wayne Smith who leads the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri.

Bishop Smith's letter to the clergy and church members say Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and St. Stanislaus Kostka are in discussions that could lead to the church "coming into union" with the Episcopal church.

Smith calls the news "exciting."   The letter says that St. Stanislaus could retain its Cherished Polish identity along with its practices and rites, or it could choose any or all of the liturgies in the Episcopal church.

St. Stan's fight with the Archdiocese ended earlier this year when the Archidocese ended its appeal of a court decision which gave St. Stan's control of its own church and assets.  As part of that court battle, St. Stanislaus agreed not to represent itself as affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

St. Stanislaus' leader, father Marek Bozek, has talked about the need for his church to have a bishop and Bishop Smith visited St. Stan's last month.   A timetable for when any official switchover might take place is still unclear.