The Most Reverend Walter H. Grundorf, accompanied by his wife, Dr. Mary Grundorf, visited All Saints Parish, Wilmington, North Carolina for the last time as the Diocesan Ordinary of the Diocese of the Eastern United States and Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of America the first weekend of May, 2021. Arriving on Saturday afternoon, May 1, the Grundorfs enjoyed a dinner at the Landfall Country Club with the clergy and vestry of the parish, hosted by Jack and Martha Erdody.
On Sunday, May 2, the Fourth Sunday after Easter, Bp. Grundorf preached at the 8:00 a.m. Holy Communion, talked briefly about the history of the APA during the Sunday School hour between services, and celebrated, preached, received three new communicant members, and confirmed two others at the 10:30 a.m. celebration of the Holy Communion. The candidates for confirmation, Carol Mahoney and Roger Fry, and those to be received, Diane Bowen, Dorothy Prentice, and Daniel Muth, were presented to Bp. Grundorf by the Right Reverend David Haines, rector of All Saints Parish. Music for the occasion was provided by Mr. Greg Bell, choirmaster and organist of All Saints, the parish choir, and guest trumpeter, Mr. Stephen Luck. A potluck luncheon was held immediately following the service in the fellowship house, in honor of Bishop Grundorf and the newly confirmed and received members of the parish.
A large number of cards and well wishes were presented to Bishop and Dr. Grundorf. The weekend was joyful, yet somber, as the parish bid farewell to Bp. Grundorf, who has maintained a close relationship with the parish and many of the parishioners over the past twenty years.