Coming Home – News from The Bishop’s Ranch

Spring 2019

Rev. Pat Moore

Taking Stock at a Time of Transition

by Rev. Pat Moore,
Chaplain of The Bishop’s Ranch

This will be the last of my rather irregular reflections for the Ranch newsletter. And, in truth, I’ve been procrastinating putting words to screen.
I will retire as Ranch Chaplain on June 2, at the end of this year’s Acorn Society meeting. It’s been a wonderful ten years. I’ve had the privilege of working with an amazing group of people—who do their work with heart and a dedication to the ministry of hospitality that is at the center of Ranch life. Read More


Looking Back: The Power of BREAD

by Frank Klopotowski,
2019 Assistant Camp Director

Dazed and confused after a back-seat siesta, I slowly looked up and tried to remember where I was. Within two seconds, the vineyards gave it away and my anxiety came back in a flash. I was familiar with the drive down Westside Road to The Bishop’s Ranch, but this time I wouldn’t be staying with my family. I’d be spending my first week alone at sleepaway camp. I’d done extensive research about BREAD Camp but still had so many questions. Read More

A New Blooming Space: “Stop & Smell the Roses”

by Jane Marx

Rose Garden Plans
Over the years, we have been working toward creating a (mostly) native, drought tolerant, or adapted Mediterranean landscape at the Ranch. The large vision is to feature primarily native plants on the perimeters of the “active” areas of the Ranch, with a mix of native and adapted Mediterranean plants of low water requirements closer in. This allows for some special, gardenesque plantings in smaller areas where people can easily enjoy and experience beautiful plants up close.
Matt Kissman, Facilities Manager, had a thought to rearrange some of the existing plantings to realize this vision; Read More

Double your Gift, Double your Impact
Annual Fund Challenge

Every gift to our Annual Fund has an impact on the hospitality ministry of the Ranch. This year we have received a $40,000 challenge grant that is matching new donations and any increased donation amount. If you have missed a year or more and make a donation this year, that will be considered a new donation as well.
To date we have secured half the grant with $21,025 in new and increased donations from 98 households. We have raised $146,305 toward our $300,000 goal.
Won’t you join our group of faithful supporters?


Choose Your Impact
Donate to the Partnership Fund

If you would like to direct how your donation dollars are spent, you can make a contribution to the Partnership Fund to underwrite pieces of the summer program or provide scholarships.
For example, you could provide snacks and lunch for one camper for a day or fund our camp swim instruction program. Maybe you would like to underwrite the cost of one camper to come to BREAD camp or feed all the camp staff for one day. You could even cover the cost of the Camp Staff Training Week.
Every donation to the Partnership Fund ensures that camp will be available to all those who want to attend, regardless of their ability to pay. Every donation is greatly appreciated.

Jack Grimes

Our Caretaker Takes His Leave

Many Ranch guests know the friendly face of Cass Grimes, the Ranch Caretaker who has been greeting guests and helping them to feel at home away from home for the last nine years. Cass and his wife Jan Grimes came to live at the Ranch in July of 2010 after getting to know the Ranch well through visits with their church, St. John’s, Ross.
Cass embodied Ranch hospitality Read More

Ranch House

The Bishop’s Ranch: My Refuge

Forty-five years ago in an old gymnasium in the heart of San Francisco I attended a Cursillo, an ecumenical retreat that is a small course in Christianity. During those three days I was seated one evening at dinner with a Franciscan nun. She and I talked about many things, but she kept coming back to The Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg. Read More

Corn Lime Cookies

Get this favorite cookie recipe here.

Help Us Get From Here to There

We are highlighting a special need from our wish list. Over the years we have been grateful recipients of some used cars and trucks. Those vehicles have transported staff, guests and materials for many miles.
The time has come again to put out a call for donated vehicles. We currently have no vehicles appropriate for transporting guests, and at least two of our hard-working trucks are on their last legs (wheels).
If you have a vehicle that is in good condition that you are ready to part with, please think of us. A mini van would be especially useful, but a passenger car or truck would be great, too. Email Jack Dowling at to let him know.
We have put the rest of our wish list on our website with links to items the Ranch staff has chosen to best serve their departments. Check it out here.

One generation plants a tree…
Another enjoys the shade

Plan for tomorrow and sustain the Ranch. Over one hundred people have created a lasting legacy of caring by remembering the Ranch in their will or estate plan. Their commitment has made them members of our Legacy Circle and they would welcome you to join them.
If you would like more information about being part of this ministry sustaining group, contact Jack Dowling, at 707.433.2440 x105 or visit our Legacy Circle page.

Grandparents and children at chapel

Open Space Available

Do you belong to a book group, knitting circle, bike club or song circle? Are you associated with a nonprofit organization that could benefit from a retreat? We have midweek and some weekend space available for groups of all sizes. To inquire about open space, email Leda.