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February 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Episcopal Church in Wyoming is hosting the first annual John Roberts Festival on the Wind River Reservation at St. David’s Church, Shoshone Episcopal Mission in Fort Washakie. We will have a special address by Willie LeClair, Eastern Shoshone tribal member and celebrated cultural presenter. A short commemoration of Rev. John Roberts (1853-1949) will be moderated by Bishop Paul-Gordon Chandler and the Rev. Roxanne Friday and a “lunch feast.”
Rev. John Roberts was a remarkable figure, serving in our diocese for many years – founding our ministry on the Wind River Reservation, as well as many of our churches in the state.
He cultivated close friendships with tribal leaders, including the renowned Eastern Shoshone Chief Washakie and Northern Arapaho Chief Black Coal. He was referred to with deep affection by their peoples as “White Robe” and “Elder Brother.”
We encourage everyone to join us for this first annual John Roberts Festival.