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Official statement from Bishop Provenzano about the White House directive to open churches:

To all the People of God gathered in the Diocese of Long Island, the Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk:

Regardless of the misinformed and politically-motivated direction coming from the White House, the Church will continue to be the Church, caring for the safety of all people and protecting the health and well being of our parishioners. 

The Church will continue to be the Church and our buildings will remain closed until we can begin to safely gather in person.

We will continue to pray, worship, share in formation and education through online platforms, and other electronic communication. 

We will care for God’s people and minister to their needs and not put them at risk. 

We will honor the loyal and selfless dedication of our hospital workers and essential workers by avoiding reckless ideas and uninformed options in the face of medical science. 

St. Augustine taught us that God’s grace builds on nature. We will count on God’s grace and rely on sound science.

The Right Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano Bishop of Long Island 36 Cathedral Avenue Garden City, NY 11530 Office: (516) 248-4800 ext. 131

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