ForeverMissed
       Most Reverend Joseph Kenneth Grieboski was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and adopted by Joseph Bernard and Patricia Ann Grieboski in neighboring Scott Township. A graduate of Our Lady of Peace and Scranton Preparatory School, Joe traveled the world and pursued interests in religious and political affairs even in his early years. In 1992, Joe began his studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He graduated with honors in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service after spending a year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He continued his studies at Georgetown and earned a Master's in National Security Studies in 2000.

       Ordained a bishop in the Independent Old Catholic Church in October 2020, Bishop Grieboski is survived by his wife, Tracy, and their dogs, Eddie and Mu, and cats Theo and Charlie.

       Grieboski founded The Institute on Religion and Public Policy, a well-respected and world-renowned non-governmental organization at the forefront of religious freedom advocacy.As a highly active Christian, serving in the grace of God living the life according to the second greatest commandment, “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39).

       His Excellency served as Secretary for Ecumenical, Interfaith, and Global Engagement of the Independent Old Catholic Church, making him the point person for the Church’s religious, political, and diplomatic engagement. He served as the Chair of the Faith-based Council of National Stop the Violence Alliance; Senior Fellow with The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute; Co-Chair of the Coalition for a Hate-Free Internet; Chair of the Board of International Campaign for the Rohingya; Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance; Member of the Global Leadership Council of the International Religious Freedom Secretariat; Member of the Board of Advisors of the Rumi Forum; Member of the Operations Council of Action for Racial Justice; Member of the Global Board, Africa Global Finance and Account Summit; Member of the Board of Trustees, Africa Asia Scholars Global Network; Peace Ambassador and Member of the Board of Advisors of World Peace Tracts; Strategic US Advisor to the Directorate, Faith and Globalization Program, Durham University, United Kingdom; Member of the Board of Advisors, Arakhan Rohingya Union; Member of the Board of Advisors, Military Religious Freedom Foundation; Member of the Board of Advisors, Anti-Predator Project.



       And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43).


Posted by Alan Hill on February 28, 2021
Bishop Joe and I only shared a few lunches and his Priest Ordination service together. Though not much time, Joe's spirit was so intensely penetrating that he permeated my life's sphere. Joe's zeal for peace, justice and inclusion tempered my many predispositions. Even though our face-to face time was miniscule, it was at the same time ethereal, and its impact eternal.
I will remember him in grateful awe until I join him at a heavenly table.
Posted by Warren Brown on February 25, 2021
Thank you for your mentorship, guidance, and most important your friendship. You are already missed.

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Posted by Alan Hill on February 28, 2021
Bishop Joe and I only shared a few lunches and his Priest Ordination service together. Though not much time, Joe's spirit was so intensely penetrating that he permeated my life's sphere. Joe's zeal for peace, justice and inclusion tempered my many predispositions. Even though our face-to face time was miniscule, it was at the same time ethereal, and its impact eternal.
I will remember him in grateful awe until I join him at a heavenly table.
Posted by Warren Brown on February 25, 2021
Thank you for your mentorship, guidance, and most important your friendship. You are already missed.
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