I visited Florence, Colorado, yesterday and noticed that the congregation of St. Jude the Apostle of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ (not to be confused with the Ecumenical Catholic Church) had apparently evaporated.
(Street shade is precious. Although Florence is not a Mormon settlement, it has little street-side irrigation channels like Weber City or Vernal, Utah, that seem to cool the air.)
The ECCC website is poorly designed and graphics-heavy, but if you scroll down you you can find the building and shots of the interior. At least one wedding was celebrated while the congregation occupied that space. Maybe it was like the last wedding at Hvalsey church in Greenland, in or about 1408
Like most Catholic splinter churches, the ECCC seems to have a high ratio of bishops and priests to parishioners.
It is one of the “independent Catholic churches,” shepherded or founded by “wandering bishops,” a term I first encountered when writing for Gnosis magazine back in the 1990s. “Congregations tend to be minuscule and sometimes even non-existent” (Wikipedia).
If you have read this far, you are probably wondering why you are reading about St. Jude’s the Ephemeral on a Pagan blog.
Reading about ambitious Pagan centers that are/are not foundering makes me think of the way in which little religious groups that are big on robes and ritual but short on cash sometimes over-extend themselves.