Welcome to the Episcopal community in Morenci, Arizona. This is a growing community that reaches out to all of Greenlee County and beyond. We welcome people of all backgrounds who want to join us on our journey to be the face of Christ to the world and those who just want to visit and check us out. Please join us for service and fellowship on Sundays or contact us with any questions you have.

child pulling a rope to ring a bell on a pole while deacon in white robes gives him a thumbs up gesture
rocks arranged in a twisted circular pattern on the ground

Our Labyrinth

To the Glory of God, our labyrinth was built on October 26, 2013 to serve as a place and tool for prayer and meditation for the community. It is a classic five-circuit labyrinth, 40 ft. by 48 ft., with a 4 ft. walkway that is about 340 ft. long.

This is the first labyrinth in Graham and Greenlee counties to be registered with The Labyrinth Society.

God of wisdom, You are ever with us to reveal your path of truth. Enlighten us with your Spirit that we may work to bring about your love and justice among your people. Strengthen us with your insight to be faithful to Your Word revealed among us. We ask this in Jesus who is our path, our truth, and our life. Amen.

A Brief History

The first mention of Morenci in the Episcopal Church’s documents was in April of 1898 when Bishop John Mills Kendrick mentioned Clifton and Morenci in the Convocation Journal. On February 27, 1916, Bishop Julius Walter Atwood named two missions in the area, St. Philip’s in Clifton and St. James in Morenci. The two missions were served by lay leaders. part-time priests and supply priests for most of the period between 1916 and 1961.

The two missions were combined and became the one parish of Saints Philip and James in October 1961 with Rev. David E. Pettengill as rector. In January 1962, the current church building of Saints Philip and James was started in Morenci at the corner of Sunset and Reservation roads. The first service was held here on Palm Sunday, April 15, 1962, and the building was dedicated on Easter Sunday, April 22, 1962. See the full history of the church.