Reaffirmation of Pastoral Directive

The Governor of the State of Maryland, Mr. Larry Hogan announced modifications to his ‘Stay at Home’ directive to reflect a ‘Safer at Home’ public health advisory and gradual re-opening of certain sectors of public life including houses of prayer.

I wish to point out that the operative words in his address were, “advisory”; “may begin to safely” and “do everything to keep their congregants safe…”. I am extremely confident we will be guided by his advisory as we have done in deference to previous communications. However, I am convinced as a diocesan family we are not ready to open safely and as such the Pastoral Directive extending the closure of churches for in-person physical worship remains in effect through Sunday, May 31, 2020 .