OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE DIOCESE OF SOUTHEAST FLORIDA
Volume 40 No. 6 December 2009
Photos by Mary W. Cox
Snapshots of Diocesan Convention: Episcopal Charities’ Director of Development Margaret Hudson and Business Operations Director Elizabeth Smiley (photo at
left) watch the food donations pile up at the ECSEFL table in the exhibit hall; Bishop Leo Frade and his former archdeacon, Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves of El Camino
Real, (in center photo) prepare to greet worshipers after the Convention Eucharist; Fr. Alejandro Hernandez of Todos los Santos, Miami, Fr. Hallock Martin of Holy
Spirit, West Palm Beach, and the Rev. Christina Encinosa of Holy Redeemer, Lake Worth, (in photo at right) look like Olympic medalists with their Nehemiah awards
for their congregations’ increased attendance.
40th Diocesan Convention
SE Florida looks forward
By Mary W. Cox, editor
Convention coverage online
ith the theme “40 and FOR-
WARD,” clergy and delegates Go to www.diosef.org and click on the Diocesan
gathered Nov. 13-14 at St. Convention link on the left side of the page to find
Paul’s, Key West, to celebrate the links to:
■ Bishop Leo Frade’s address to convention
40th birthday of our diocese, giv-
■ Resolutions approved
ing thanks for our history, acknowledging the chal-
■ Approved budget for 2010
lenges of the present, and looking ahead to “what God
■ Elections and ratified elections/appointments
is calling us to do.” ■ Sermon by Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves
Delegates welcomed a “favorite daughter,” now a ■ Youth Commission Report
bishop, as preacher at the Eucharist; donated food for ■ Report of the 2009 General Convention
the hungry; recognized congregations that are making Deputation
significant progress in hospitality and growth; re- ■ Report of the Diocesan Office of Immigration
sponded positively to proposals from the youth of the and Social Justice
diocese; and heard a call from Bishop Leo Frade and ■ Convention photo galleries
the archdeacons to continue the work of mission high-
lighted on banners at the front of St. Paul’s nave:
“Bring them in; build them up; send them out; tend Palm Beach—seven years of continuous growth; All
their needs; harvest God’s fruit.” Saints, Fort Lauderdale—five years of continuous
Three congregations were honored this year with growth; and St. Mark’s, Palm Beach Garden’s—four
the bishop’s HII (Hospitality, Invitation, Incorporation) years of continuous growth.
Award for outstanding, consistent growth in weekly
average worship attendance (AWA): St. Patrick’s, West
See DIOCESAN CONVENTION, Page 2
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ways been people who “don’t Sailboat song
DIOCESAN CONVENTION know ‘can’t.’”
from Page 1 Work with the more than 50%
of diocesan congregations who
In his address to convention Frade gave thanks for have been or are participating in
the leadership of the diocese’s first two bishops, the the Nehemiah Process has been
late James L. Duncan, and retired Bishop Calvin O. “the most fun,” he said.
Schofield, Jr., as well as the “men and women, lay (See p. 4 for a report from
and ordained, who in the past through their sacrifice Hobbs on the Nehemiah Process,
and obedience to our Lord established our church in and a list of those who received
this part of the world.” Nehemiah awards this year.)
He praised the “creativity of many in this diocese” “I think this is one of the most
in the development of regional and collaborative min- dynamic, exciting, fun dioceses in
istries during the past year, and specifically com- the Episcopal Church and I am
mended the three congregations— Todos Los Santos, proud to be a part of this place,”
Miami; All Souls’, Miami Beach; and All Saints’, Hobbs said. “I am so proud of our
Jensen Beach—that have attained self-supporting rich heritage and diversity. I am
parish status. so thankful for how we have ad-
He spoke of the work of the Cursillo community justed to the challenges, joys, and
and its plans to share the Cursillo movement with the sorrows of our everyday lives to
Diocese of Jamaica, and thanked Episcopal Charities live the dream of the Gospel and
of Southeast Florida for its work in meeting human to be part of what God is creat-
needs in our communities. ing.”
Looking forward, he announced that he plans four Archdeacon for Deployment
“visioning days” in 2010 in different locations in the Tom Bruttell noted some the suc-
diocese, at which he will ask the people of the dio- cessful transitions in the diocese
cese to help him determine the direction of our dioce- this year—the institution of new
san ministries in the next five years. rectors, Fr. Frisby Hendricks at
The bishop also announced that he will name the All Saints’, Jensen Beach, and Fr.
Rev. Dr. Carlos Sandoval, a medical doctor and psy- John Tidy at All Souls’, Miami
Beach; new clergy leadership Photo by Janeth Muñoz
chiatrist, as well as priest-in-charge of St. Simon’s,
Miami, as Canon for Health, a new position intended bringing increased attendance at Fr. Larry Hooper, rector of St. Paul’s, joins in the spirited singing of a
to help the diocese address a St. Margaret’s and San Francisco diocesan favorite at communion: “Tú has venido a la orilla” —“The Sail-
de Asis, Miami Lakes, with boat Song.”
variety of public health issues.
Frade also said that plan- priest-in-charge Richard Aguilar,
ning is almost complete for and Holy Comforter, Miami, with the Episcopal Church Center in New York; and to
beginning a Portuguese-lan- priest-in-charge Rafael Garcia; and attendance tripled bring the canonical qualifications for seating of lay
guage ministry with the at Church of the Resurrection, Biscayne Park, with delegates at convention into conformity with the pro-
Brazilian community in the lay pastoral leader Alberto Cutié. hibition of clergy from being seated due to failure to
Pompano Beach area of Clergy need to be trained, Bruttell said, for better, submit canonically required reports by the specified
Broward County. He noted stronger leadership: leadership that understands time.
that that the three towns in the “we’re not the innkeepers at the ‘Coral Reef Three resolutions from the Clergy and Lay Com-
United States with the largest Motel’”— the little old motel by the side of the road pensation and Insurance Committee were approved:
populations of Brazilians are in every Florida town, the place where no one’s ex- Clergy Compensation Guidelines for 2010; a call for
found in that area. cited about staying. Instead, we need to be “the the compensation of lay employees to “be given the
He noted plans to build a Hilton,” he said, offering excellence. same consideration” for increases as is outlined in the
swimming pool and garden of the Duncan Confer- Appropriately, given the convention theme, “40 Clergy Compensation Guidelines; and the resumption
ence Center, and said he would like to have a pool as and FORWARD,” four of the ten resolutions passed of publication of clergy compensation in the Dioce-
part of his legacy in the diocese: “Name it the TGIF by convention related to, or were proposed by, dioce- san Journal.
Swimming Pool…TGIF stands for: ‘Thank God it’s san youth. The convention also approved a resolution to ex-
Frade.’” The convention passed an amendment to the press thanks for the newly approved full-communion
(Excerpts from Frade’s address are found on pp. diocesan constitution that would grant seat and voice relationship between the Episcopal Church and the
10-11, and the complete text is posted on his blog, in convention to each deanery’s Youth Coordinator. Moravian Church and to send greetings to the Mora-
http://blog.diosef.org/.) Other resolutions approved included three proposed vian congregations in southeast Florida communi-
As he did during his address last year, Frade by the diocesan Youth Commission: One calling for ties—three in Miami and one in West Palm Beach.
turned to the archdeacons to report on their min- restricting the use of bottled water “at all church The convention approved a budget for 2010 of
istries, saying, “The three archdeacons work very sponsored activities, starting immediately;” one des- $3,518,253, slightly lower than the amount approved
hard to carry out our mission to restore all people to ignating the Bishop’s Spring Conference for 2011 as at last year’s convention for 2009, but slightly higher
unity with God and each other in Christ.” “an experiential music workshop,” and asking that than the revised 2009 budget of $3,399, 453 approved
Archdeacon for Immigration and Social Justice the Bishop and the Executive Board form a commit- by Executive Board after the 2008 convention.
Fritz Bazin, recovering from throat surgery, was un- tee to develop a list of music resources for the dio- In the approved budget the assessment percentage
able to speak to the convention, but presented a writ- cese to be presented at the 2010 Diocesan for congregations will remain at the current 13.99
ten report of the initiatives undertaken by his office, Convention; and the third calling for the formation of percent. In order to maintain this rate, diocesan staff
noting work in three areas: immigration issues; the a steering committee to study the viability of estab- will receive no COLA raises in 2010, and one staff
development of a diocesan Social Justice Association lishing a diocesan Youth Retreat Center. position will be eliminated.
(see story p. 6); and ethnic (Hispanic/Latino, Haitian An additional resolution submitted from the floor The preacher for the convention Eucharist was
and African-American) ministries. His complete re- by the Broward Deanery called for the expansion of Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves of El Camino Real. Gray-
port is posted at the Diocesan Convention link at guidelines for use of youth fund reserves; this did not Reeves is a Miami native who grew up as a parish-
www.diosef.org. pass. ioner at St. Stephen’s, Miami, and served as rector of
Archdeacon for Congregational Development The convention approved resolutions to change St. Margaret’s, Miami Lakes, from December 1998
Bryan Hobbs spoke of past and present leaders, lay the deadline for submission of canonically required
and ordained, who in differing circumstances have al- parochial reports to reflect the current date and
process for submitting these reports electronically to See DIOCESAN CONVENTION, Page 3
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significant.” Hospitality award
DIOCESAN CONVENTION She told the congregation to
from Page 2 “dwell in the word…to discern
what the word is saying directly to
until she was appointed diocesan Archdeacon for De- us,” and to “dwell in our commu-
ployment in early 2005. nity… dwelling in a neighborhood
Welcoming her to convention, Frade jokingly ad- means that you don’t study it, you
mitted his “mistake…to share my Archdeacon for De- have a relationship with it.”
ployment as a candidate for bishop of El Camino “There is no substitute for a re-
Real,” but added that “in the short time she has been lationship,” she said.
there, she is transforming that diocese.” “It is so important to remember
“I am honored to be with you,” Gray-Reeves said. that we do not exist for the institu-
“You are part of me, and I am part of you; I literally tion, we exist for the sheep,” she
cannot unwind myself from you, the connection is so concluded. “I stand here as a visible
presence of the institution to say
that we do not exist for ourselves.
Elected at Convention We create a healthier institution not
for the sake of itself, but for the
Standing Committee: sheep that long to come home, that
Clergy member — The Rev. Jennie Lou long for a life with the shepherd,
Reid, St. Faith’s, Cutler Bay; that long to be told with great aban-
Lay member — Karen Phillips Smith, All don that they are loved. For some,
Saints’, Jensen Beach we are the only place that such a re-
Ecclesiastical Trial Court: ality may be found…
Abe Bailey, St. Ambrose, Ft. Lauderdale May we never forget that we
University of the South: exist for the sheep who long for
Clergy trustee — The Rev. Richard J. Jesus, who long to be told they are
Aguilar, St. Margaret’s & San Francisco de loved, who long to come home.”
Asis, Miami Lakes The convention also welcomed
Cathedral Chapter: the Rt. Rev. Todd McGregor, area
Lay member — Juanita Miller, Holy Family, bishop for Toliara (or Tulear), in the
Miami Gardens Diocese of Antananarivo, Madagas-
car, and his wife, the Rev. Patsy
Ratified at Convention McGregor, who presented an up-
Deanery Elections to Executive Board: date on their ministries. The diocese
has partnered in various ways with
■ North Palm Beach — Clergy Representa-
the McGregors since they first went Photo by Mary W. Cox
tive, The Rev. Frisby Hendricks, All Saints’,
to Madagascar as lay missionaries Dean Don Sullivan, rector of St. Peter’s, Key West, and his friend
in 1991, and Antananarivo is one of Bear acknowledge the applause for the Nehemiah award given to Bear
■ South Palm Beach — Dean, The Very
Southeast Florida’s companion dio- in “Special Recognition for Generous Hospitality.”
Rev. Martin Zlatic, St. Joseph’s, Boynton
Bishop McGregor thanked the
■ Broward — Lay Representative, Pamela man was doing what the diocese was trying to do.
diocese for prayers and financial support; for the
Sahdev, St. Benedict’s, Plantation
Standing Committee in the mid-90s that took “the risk “We are called to feed the hungry,” she said.
■ North Dade — Lay Representative, Ar- (See p. 5 for more on ECSEFL’s new “Feeding
of investing in the McGregors;” and for mission teams
nett Hepburn, Historic St. Agnes, Miami Our People” initiative.)
that have visited and worked with them, both in
■ South Dade — Dean, The Very Rev. Madagascar and during the time they served in Kenya. In his report to convention Youth Commission
Corinna Olson, St. Luke the Physician, “For Tulear, you are apostolic,” he said, “and we President Michael Sahdev told delegates, “The
Miami; Lay Representative, Charles John- are your flesh in Madagascar.” youth of our diocese have truly been engaged
son, St. Thomas, Coral Gables The $2,281 received as offering from the con- throughout the nation and beyond. Our passion for
■ Keys — Clergy Representative, The Rev. vention Eucharist was divided equally between the Christ in this diocese is inexhaustible, and with
Debra Andrew Maconaughey, St. Columba, McGregors’ work and Episcopal Charities of South- God’s grace we have spread His word through our
Marathon east Florida. actions both at home and on a national level.”
As part of its convention presentation, Episcopal He spoke of the success of the Happening pro-
New Appointments to Commission
Charities asked delegates and guests to bring dona- gram and of participation by diocesan youth in
tions of non-perishable food items. Donations over- provincial and churchwide events, including his
Steven Ragsdale, St. Andrew’s, Lake Worth
flowed boxes and baskets at the ECSEFL table in own leadership as a member of the Official Youth
Pamela Fuller, Diocesan School liaison
the exhibit hall; a representative basket of the food Presence at General Convention.
Officers Elected by Youth Convention: was offered at the convention Eucharist and pre- “The Youth Commission takes seriously the re-
President — Michael Sahdev, St. Bene- sented at the Saturday session of convention to the sponsibility of building the next generation of
dict’s, Plantation Rev. Stephen Braddock of Loaves and Fish in Key Christian leaders for our church and the world,” he
Vice-president — Melanie Veizaga, Holy West and the Rev. Debra Andrew McConaughey said.
Cross, Miami from St. Columba, Marathon, for Keys Area Inter- He thanked the bishop for his support and guid-
Secretary — Graceleen Garcia, Holy Cross, denominational Resources (KAIR) in Marathon. ance, and acknowledged diocesan administrative
Miami Most of the food collected went to those two assistant for youth ministry Mary Cobiella as “the
Administrative Assistant — Emily Gonzalez- feeding ministries; but as the Rev. Donna Dambrot, life blood of the Youth Commission.”
Holland, St. Mary Magdalene, Coral ECSEFL president, told the convention, not all the “In a diocese that values its youth as much as
Springs groceries made it into the exhibit hall: “A homeless ours does, there is nothing but good ahead for us in
gentleman” collected some of the food from dele- the future,” he said.
Standing Committee President: gates on the porch and shared it with other people The convention adjourned with an invitation from
(elected by Standing Committee) The Rev. on the street who needed it. Canon Kerry Robb, interim rector at St. Mary’s, Stu-
Hallock Martin, Holy Spirit, West Palm Beach When she first realized what was happening, she art, to the 41st Diocesan Convention, to be held Nov.
was annoyed, Dambrot said, but then realized the 12-13, 2010, at St. Mary’s. ■
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Nehemiah congregations’ achievements help define ‘success’
By the Ven. Dr. Bryan A. Hobbs,
Archdeacon for Congregational Development
“Success is …
Knowing your purpose in life,
Growing to reach your maximum potential, and
Sowing seeds that benefit others.”
— John C. Maxwell
“Success” is such an elusive term, especially as it
applies to the church and even more so when applied
to “my” church. It is easy, although superficial, to
point to increased or decreased attendance (Average
Weekend Attendance—AWA) or to income, or to the
number of baptisms and confirmations, or to a special
ministry that had a significant impact. Such measure-
ments are helpful, but somewhat elusive in capturing
the authentic and empowering nature of “success”—
at least for us in the church.
I was very, very excited with the Bishop’s Hospi-
tality, Invitation, and Incorporation (HII) Awards and
Nehemiah Steering given at the 40th
Committee Diocesan Conven-
tion in Key West.
The Ven. Dr. Bryan They signified
Hobbs, Linda Schlepp- years of prayer,
Gray, The Rev. Orlando struggle, successes,
Addison, The Rev. failures, dreaming,
Richard Aguilar, The Rev. perseverance, hope
Rosa Lindahl-Mallow, and joy on the part
Photo by Mary W. Cox
Karen Phillips Smith, of a cadre of clergy
Canon Richard Miller, and lay leaders who Archdeacon Bryan Hobbs presents Fr. Jim Cook, rector of St. Mark’s, Palm Beach Gardens, with the
are attempting to Bishop’s HII (Hospitality, Invitation, and Incorporation) Award for his congregationís four years of continuous
Bob Moore, Bill Swaney,
take their rightful growth.
The Very Rev. Horace
Ward place in God’s is in the box below, but here is one example: I would so like to say that the Nehemiah Process
Kingdom. Attendance (AWA) increases alone were remark- has been successful in achieving her goals as illus-
On this 40th an- able: Iglesia Episcopal Trinidad, Miami—a small trated by the data above, but that would be mislead-
niversary of our diocese, the Bishop awarded three mission congregation—grew 50% in its AWA in one ing. Yes, the data help to affirm the ministries of so
parishes the HII Award for meritorious achievement year; Church of the Atonement, Lauderdale Lakes; many parishes, yet these figures point to an even
in growing their AWA: St. Patrick’s, West Palm Holy Redeemer, Lake Worth; and Holy Spirit, West deeper and more profound issue that is at the core of
Beach—seven years of continuous growth; All Saints, Palm Beach, all grew 14+%; and Todos Los Santos, the Nehemiah Process.
Fort Lauderdale—five years of continuous growth; Miami, grew 11.4%. Real “success” is to be found in the hearts and
and St. Mark’s, Palm Beach Garden’s—four years of The seven years of continuous efforts by our Ne- minds of our parish clergy and leaders. They have
continuous growth. This kind of achievement de- hemiah parishes are beginning to show some data that achieved some level of measurable success only be-
mands discernment of God’s call, enthusiasm for corresponds with their increase in spiritual health. All cause of their ongoing prayerful attempt to know
their mission, commitment to sharing the Kingdom, a of our Nehemiah Classes since 2003 increased their their purpose in life, grow to their maximum poten-
strong lay and clergy leadership team—and a whole AWA from 2007 to 2008, and all exceeded the dioce- tial, and sow seeds that benefit others. This is where
lot of grace. san average AWA: Class of 2003—2.2% increase; real “success” is to be found in our faith communi-
The Nehemiah Awards were also quite impressive. Class of 2004—1% increase; Class of 2005—2.9% ties. And the deeper truth is that all of our labors
A full list of the congregations and clergy recognized increase; Class of 2006—0.2 % increase. could bear no fruit without God’s gift of grace. ■
Nehemiah Awards Increase in AWA from 2007 to 2008 Increase in Easter Sunday Attendance from
Iglesia Episcopal Trinidad, Miami, 50%; Holy Re- 2007 to 2008
deemer, Lake Worth, 14.9%; Atonement, Laud- St. Stephen’s, Miami, 31.4%; St. Paul’s, Delray
Special Recognition to Clergy erdale Lakes, 14.8%; Holy Spirit, West Palm Beach, Beach, 28.2%; St. Columba, Marathon, 26.2%; St.
for Applying the Nehemiah 14.4%; Todos Los Santos, Miami,11.4% James the Fisherman, Islamorada, 25.7%; Holy
Principles and Practices Family, Miami Gardens, 22.9%; St. James-in-the-
The Rev. Orlando Addison, The Rev. Willie Allen- Increase in Plate and Pledge Hills, Hollywood,16.7%
Faiella, The Very Rev. Carol Barron, from 2007 to 2008
The Rev. Frisby Hendricks, The Rev. Alejandro St. Paul et Les Martyrs D’ Haiti, Miami,110%; Special Recognition for
Hernandez, The Rev. Rosa Lindahl-Mallow, The Todos Los Santos, Miami, 57.8%; St. Columba, Generous Hospitality
Rev. Leonel Ortez, The Rev. Hallock Martin, The Marathon, 34.3%; Holy Cross, Miami, 34.3%; St. Holy Family, Miami Gardens; Holy Spirit, West
Rev. Debra Andrew Maconaughey, The Rev. Jack Faith’s, Miami, 20.2%; Palm Beach; St. Matthew’s, Delray Beach; “Bear”,
Stanton, The Rev. Chip Stokes, The Very Rev. Ho- All Saints’, Jensen Beach, 16.2%; St. Luke’s, Port St. Peter’s Key West.
race Ward Salerno, 16.2%
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‘Telling Our Stories’
keeps black churches alive
By Mary W. Cox, editor Memories shared
Episcopal Charities launches
“It is our aim to humanize our his-
“Feeding Our People” tory,” said Kathy Walker, president of
the Theodore R. Gibson Chapter of the
The food drive at Diocesan Convention was an in- Union of Black Episcopalians, as she
troduction to a major initiative by Episcopal Charities opened the third in our diocesan series
of Southeast Florida, “Feeding Our People,” which of “Telling Our Stories” events at His-
will begin officially with Episcopal Charities Sunday, toric St. Agnes, Miami, on Oct. 24.
Jan. 24. “Telling Our Stories” is an ongoing proj-
On that Sunday parishioners in every congregation ect of the diocesan Anti-Racism Com-
will be asked to make a financial contribution to EC- mission.
SEFL for feeding ministries throughout the diocese, as Previous “Telling Our Stories” days
well as to bring items of non-perishable food that will last year focused on black Episcopal
be distributed through these feeding programs. congregations in Palm Beach and
Episcopal Broward Counties. The Oct. 24 event
Charities re- featured oral histories from St. Agnes,
ports that con- Christ Church, Transfiguration and In-
gregational carnation in Miami and St Peter’s in Key
food ministries West, along with a gallery of photos and
are seeing in- artifacts from those parishes.
creased need: The first speaker, Regina Jolivette
not only the Frazier, spoke of her family’s 90-year re-
needs of mem- lationship with St. Agnes, beginning
bers of their with her grandfather, A.T.S. Reeves.
communities When the white vicar, the Ven. P.S. Irv-
who are hun- ing, was forced to leave town in 1921be-
gry, but also cause of threats—and a physical
needs of food attack—against him for serving a black
pantries and church, he entrusted the church keys to
soup kitchens Reeves, who later was ordained as a dea-
for additional con.
support, as Frazier herself is a Roman Catholic, Photo by Mary W. Cox
supplies, dona- but her family is still intimately con-
tions and government funding dwindle. Deacon Ruby Cruz views the exhibit from Christ Church, Miami,
nected with St. Agnes: Her son is mar-
The “Feeding Our People” initiative is a way for at the “Telling Our Stories” event on Oct. 24.
ried to the daughter of St. Agnes’ rector,
Episcopal Charities to respond to these growing needs Canon Richard Barry.
of its congregational outreach ministry partners. Epis- Fr. Samuel Browne, retired rector of jealous” and a girls’ choir was formed; Culmer was
copal Charities is planning a variety of programs and St. Patrick’s, West Palm Beach, gave some of the his- the secretary of that group.
events in 2010 that will focus on ways to provide food tory of St. Peter’s, Key West, one of the oldest con-
In 1941 she became the parish secretary at St.
for the growing numbers of hungry people in our dio- gregations in the diocese, organized as a parish in
Agnes, and in 1947 she married the widowed rector,
cese. 1875. Fr. John Culmer. “We were the first couple of color to
There will be two roundtable meetings of congre- The church building was twice destroyed by be married at the cathedral in Orlando,” she said.
gational feeding ministries to discuss challenges, solu- storms and rebuilt; the present structure, completed
Her husband was the archdeacon, she said, and
tions and the opportunities to work collaboratively in 1924, was built by parishioners, who even made served all the black Episcopal churches along the east
with each other: Saturday, Feb. 20, at St. Andrew’s, the bricks. coast of Florida when they were without clergy.
Palmetto Bay, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 27 At one time, the flourishing parish had over 500 “Fr. Culmer was very forward-looking,” added
at St. George’s, Riviera Beach, 9:30-11:30 a.m. members. Barry. “He took the church to where the people
Episcopal Charities also plans to offer training to Browne said he was the first son of the parish to were.”
congregations wishing to begin a feeding ministry. Not be ordained there. More than 450 attended his ordina-
Church of the Incarnation celebrated its 50th an-
all communities feel called to start a food pantry or a tion to the diaconate on July 4, 1959; “people were niversary this year, said Marion Frank Major, re-
soup kitchen, but there are many opportunities to help. standing outside,” Browne said.
counting the story of how four laymen from the
ECSEFL will provide information on how to become Barry said it’s important to recognize that many Liberty City neighborhood met with Bishop Henry
involved in such ministries as becoming a Food Stamp clergy have come out of the black congregations of
Louttit in 1949 to discuss starting a mission congre-
application site; distributing free lunches to children our diocese. “If it were not for these congregations gation. The mission’s first service, led by then-Dea-
during the summer months; or joining a “gleaning” we would not have had these vocations.” con John Jarrett, was held in the Liberty City
team, in which parishioners, including youth, can Leome Culmer of St. Agnes told the group, “I was Community Center on Pentecost, June 5, 1949.
gather extra produce at local farms, with the harvest baptized in this very building [now the parish’s The mission became a parish in 1974, with its
being distributed to the poor. Blackett Hall]…I am 84 years old, and this church is seventh vicar, Fr. J. Kenneth Major as rector; 35
Episcopal Charities is developing a manual of best 109 years old.”
years later, he is still the only priest to serve as Incar-
practices for feeding programs to offer to congrega- She recalled as child “coming here every day of nation’s rector.
tions in 2010. the week…there was always something here for us.” Kathy Johnson of Transfiguration remembered
For more information on “Feeding Our People,” There were more than 400 children in the Sunday
visit the ECSEFL website at www.ecsefl.org and sign School, and a boys’ choir. Then “the girls became
up for Episcopal Charities’ e-newsletter. ■ See TELLING OUR STORIES, Page 7
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Fr. Matthew to share new media Bounce house
skills at Bishop’s Spring Conference
The featured speaker for the Bishop’s Spring
Conference, Mar. 12-13, 2010, at the Duncan Center,
will be Fr. Matthew Moretz, curate at Christ’s
Church, Rye, New York, whose “Father Matthew
Presents” videos having been sharing the Good
News with creativity and humor to a growing audi-
ence on YouTube since 2006.
Moretz will give three presentations. The first
will focus on the new media landscape that has de-
veloped online, “especially in
terms of the democratizing di-
rection of online publishing
and viewing, the place of faith
and faith institutions in our
present day, the frank and
sometimes raunchy culture,
and how the Episcopal
Church could distinguish it-
self in this new environment.”
The second presentation
will be a full walkthrough of the Moretz
development and scope of “Fa-
ther Matthew Presents:” how it functions, how it is
made and distributed, “and the community that I cul-
In his third presentation Moretz says he will look
to the future, in light of his online experience, and
how dioceses and/or seminaries must assist in retool-
ing our clergy (and laity) for the new online land- Photo by Susan Manwaring
Between presentations, he plans to teach some Children attending the Children’s Sunday Service enjoyed a bounce house, part of an afternoon of fun that
basic script-writing, and then have participants break followed than annual worship service.
up into groups that will each write a script for online
video on some aspect of the life and teaching of the
Episcopal Church, utilizing dramatic action, narra-
Children’s Sunday celebration
tive, and images. The groups will then present their
“videos” to the full gathering, with comments wel-
come—as would be the case online.
marked by worship and fun
Additional information about the conference will
be published soon on the diocesan website, With activities ranging from liturgical dance to ten- pared and placed in a basket, and told the children to
www.diosef.org, and made available to congrega- nis lessons, children of the diocese celebrated together enjoy themselves on the day dedicated to giving
tions. Registration will be online. at the annual ECW Children’s Sunday event on Oct. thanks for the young people of our diocese.
For more about Moretz and to view his videos, 18 at Holy Family, Miami Gardens. A steel drum solo by Cameron Haye concluded the
go to www.fathermatthewpresents.com. ■ The afternoon began with worship led by children service.
and youth. Holy Family’s Liturgical Dance Troupe led Then there was pizza, and an afternoon filled with
the procession. Samara Rolle read a prayer of thanks- fun: face-painting, hula hoops, a bounce house, bas-
Artress will lead labyrinth giving, which was followed by readings of Luke ketball, tennis lessons, a football throw and a particu-
workshop at Duncan Center 18:15-17 in English, Spanish and Creole by Anastasia larly animated game of musical chairs.
The Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, whose writing and Ferguson, Jessica Romero, and Melissa King. Christo- Some of the Episcopal Churchwomen hosting the
teaching have reintroduced the ancient pattern of the pher Chinyere led the congregation in singing “Jesus event enjoyed themselves dancing to some songs re-
labyrinth as a spiritual tool for meditation and heal- Loves Me.” membered from their own teenage years—the Twist
ing, will present a labyrinth workshop Jan. 22 and 23 Diocesan ECW President Lillie Clarke and Bishop drew a great response.
at the Duncan Center. Leo Frade welcomed the children, parents, adult lead- The message of the day was one of joy and hope,
Artress is an honorary canon of Grace Cathedral, ers and ECW members to the day’s events. celebrating the faith of our children. ■
San Francisco; the founder of Veriditas, a non-profit Then the bishop called the children forward to the Adapted from a report by Susan Manwaring, dioce-
organization dedicated to teaching the use of the chancel, where he blessed the prayers they had pre- san ECW Board member.
labyrinth; and the author of Walking a Sacred Path:
Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice,
The Sand Labyrinth Kit and The Sacred Path Com- Jan. 30 meeting to launch diocesan Social Justice Association
panion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal
The Diocesan Office of Immigration and Social church and society; and to work actively for change.
Justice has announced the formation of a diocesan So- Anyone interested in this ministry is invited to an
The January event includes a Friday evening lec-
cial Justice Association, which will bring together peo- organizational gathering Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-lunch, at St.
ture from 7-9 p.m., and a Saturday workshop from
ple from throughout the diocese to pray and work to Paul’s, Delray Beach. There is no cost for this event,
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $25 for the evening
live out the promise made in our Baptismal Covenant, but registration is needed and will be available online.
lecture only; $125 for the Saturday workshop, in-
“to strive for justice and peace among all people and For additional information email Archdeacon Fritz
cluding continental breakfast and lunch; and $175
respect the dignity of every human being.” Bazin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
per person for the lecture, workshop and overnight
Members of the association will be asked to pray The Diocesan Office of Immigration and Social
accommodation (double occupancy).
regularly for social justice; to train themselves and Justice was recently designated a Jubilee Ministry of
For additional information and registration, go to
others to become aware of unfair discrimination in the the Episcopal Church. ■
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Trinity will sponsor Women’s Fundraising success
Mystical Poetry event and contest
On Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.,
Trinity Cathedral, Miami, will offer a Women's Mys-
tical Poetry and Music Celebration, followed by a
reception in the Cathedral Hall.
The event will present spiritual poetry and music
written by women and performed by women, with
brief introductions of each of the poets represented.
Although it will be an interfaith presentation, the
work and lives of several Christian mystics will be
featured, including St. Teresa of Avila, St. Catherine
of Sienna and Hildegard Von Bingen, as well as the
work of contemporary female Christian poets.
In conjunction with this event, the cathedral is
sponsoring a poetry competition for spiritual poetry
written by women. The contest is open to all women
of all faiths. Poems can be any style and must be 30
lines or fewer. Poems must be the entrant’s own
work and must not have been published previously
nor have won any prize in any previous competition
of any kind. Entries should be mailed to: Women’s
Mystical Poetry Contest, Contest Chair Brenda Mez-
ick, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 464 NE 16th Street,
Miami, FL 33132. The deadline for submissions is
Complete contest guidelines can be found on the
cathedral website, www.trinitymiami.org. For addi-
tional information contact Brenda Mezick, Bren-
TELLING OUR STORIES from Page 5
when services at the new mission, Transfiguration,
were held at Rainbow Park Elementary School. Photo by Ric Filer
“Church was a block away from my house, and
our house had a big picture window…there was no Bishop Todd and the Rev. Patsy McGregor greet the crowd at the Nov. 15 World Mission Commission dinner.
way I was not going to Sunday School!”
She said of her congregation and the clergy who
have led it, “The hard work and determination of a
few individuals can have a huge influence on the
Dinner raises more than $73,000
Thelma Gibson, widow of Canon Theodore R.
for McGregor’s ministries
There was a full house—about 300 guests—at the Italian cuisine in Rome. Servers were members of
Gibson, Miami civil rights leader and longtime rec-
diocesan World Mission Commission’s Nov. 15 fund- youth groups from around the diocese.
tor of Christ Church, recalled her childhood in the
raising dinner to benefit the ministries of Bishop Todd “It took an army of people to pull that off,” Zlatic
parish, when church on Sunday was “an all-day
and the Rev. Patsy McGregor in Toliara, in our com- said.
thing—same as it was in the Bahamas,” with wor-
panion Diocese of Antananarivo, Madagascar. The funds will go specifically to support the build-
ship in the morning, Sunday School at 3 p.m., and
Proceeds from the five-course gourmet Italian din- ing of the “Bishop’s Gathering Place,” which will
“YPSL” (youth group) and Evening Prayer in the
ner and silent auction, along with matching gifts of house not only the bishop’s office and residence, but
$30,000 from two anonymous donors, brought the also a conference and training center for the new dio-
She spoke of her husband’s emphasis on giving
evening’s total receipts to more than $73,000. cese of Toliara.
to the church. In 1955 Christ Church became a self-
The dinner was prepared under the direction of Fr. Contributions to the McGregors’ ministries can be
supporting parish, she said, because “Canon Gibson
Marty Zlatic, chair of the World Mission Commission, made through SAMS to www.sams-usa.org. For more
was adamant that we couldn’t continue to have white
people paying our way.”
rector of St. Joseph’s—and also a chef who learned his information, go to www.peoplereaching.org. ■
The final speakers of the day were Dorothy J.
Fields and Timothy Barber of the Black Archives,
History and Research Foundation of South Florida,
Harris to preach at Absalom Jones service
who urged their audience to help them preserve the The Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris, bishop suffragan in The service, which begins
history of black churches. the Diocese of Massachusetts, will be the preacher at 10 a.m., will be followed by
The information that needs to be preserved is “in for the annual diocesan Absalom Jones Service, a luncheon and fashion show,
your closets, under your beds, in shoeboxes,” Fields scheduled for Feb. 13 at Church of the Incarnation, sponsored by the Theodore R.
said. She noted that Mrs. Culmer has already do- Miami. Gibson Chapter of the Union
nated a collection of artifacts to the archives. The annual observance commemorates Absalom of Black Episcopalians (UBE).
“I can tell the strength of the black communities Jones, the first African American to be ordained a For more information con-
through their churches,” she said. “ We need your priest in the Episcopal Church and founder of the tact Kathleen Walker, president
materials to document the 20th century—that’s US!” first African American Episcopal parish, St. Thomas of the Theodore R. Gibson
For more information on black history in South African Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pa. An Chapter of the UBE, at
Absalom Jones service has been held annually in this email@example.com ■ Harris
Florida, go to www.theblackarchives.org.■
diocese since 1984.
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■ Church of the Advent, Palm City, celebrated is holding a Christmas Dinner Dance on Dec. 19 Las Posadas
the Feast of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scot- from 7-10 p.m. For information call 305-893- Bearing light
land, (Nov. 30) with a “Kirkin’ of the Tartan” 8523.
service on the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 29. ■ Iglesia Episcopal Trinidad, Miami, hosted
A piper led the procession that morning, and six other congregations on Oct. 24 for the annual
Scottish hymns were used to celebrate the Scot- diocesan Hispanic Festival. Participants were “Maria y Jose,” Jeannie
tish heritage of the Episcopal Church—it was from St. Margaret’s/San Francisco de Asis, Gutierrez and Pablo Conde of
the Episcopal Church of Scotland that conse- Miami Lakes; Todos los Santos, Miami; Holy St. Margaret’s and San Fran-
crated TEC’s first bishop, Samuel Seabury, in Cross (Santa Cruz), Miami; Holy Comforter, cisco de Asis, Miami Lakes,
wait to be welcomed into the
1784. Miami; St. James-in-the-Hills, Hollywood;
“inn”—a home in Miami
■ Bethesda-by-the-Sea, Palm Beach, will pres- and St. Paul et les Martyrs d’Haiti, Miami, Lakes—at a celebration of the
ent its annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festi- with which Trinidad shares facilities. Celebrant Dancers from the Fabulous Feet Latin American custom of Las
val—featuring the Bethesda choir, soloists, a for the Eucharist was Bishop Onell Soto, and the Dance Center lead the Gospel Posadas on Nov. 29. The cele-
pipe-and-drum corps, a brass quintet, dancers, preacher was Rev. Alejandro Hernandez. Fol- procession, carrying the Light of bration recalls the search by
jesters and a cast of 165—on Sunday, Jan. 3, at lowing the mass there was a reception with Christ, at the Nov. 7 service of Mary and Joseph for lodging in
2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Seating is limited and is on a music, dancing and food representing the tradi- Institution for Fr. Frisby Hendricks Bethlehem, and involves a pro-
tions of different Hispanic/Latino countries. as rector of All Saints', Jensen cession, with songs, around the
first-come, first-served basis. A donation of $15
Beach. Hendricks had been priest- neighborhood, ending in some-
is suggested. For more information go to ■ Chapel of the Venerable Bede, Coral in-charge for five years; his one’s home for more singing,
www.bbts.org or call 561-655-4554. Gables, sponsored a Fair Trade gift sale for Uni- institution as rector marked the prayers and a feast. Fr.
■ St. Mark’s, Palm Beach Gardens, will host versity of Miami students and staff on Nov. 17, congregation’s successful return to Richard Aguilar, priest-in-
a Disciples of Christ in Community (DOCC) 18 and 19, and concluded it on the Chapel patio the status of self-supporting parish. charge of St. Margaret’s and
training Jan. 15-17. DOCC is a congregational- on Sunday, Nov. 22. All of the items for sale, in- San Francisco, and his wife,
based Christian formation program for adults cluding chocolate and coffee, as well as jewelry, Janet (left), hosted the evening,
that builds community, while encouraging indi- housewares and Christmas decorations, were on Photo by Pat Kharimanian beginning a new tradition for
vidual spiritual growth. The DOCC training at consignment from a company that represents Miami Lakes Episcopalians.
St. Mark’s will offer an opportunity for anyone craft cooperatives all over the world, so proceeds
would go directly to give a fair price to those Photo by Mary W. Cox
interested in being trained as a DOCC presenter
or facilitator. For additional information contact who produced the merchandise.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-622-0956. ■ On Oct.12, the Social Outreach Committee of New deacon
■ Holy Redeemer, Lake Worth, a congregation St. Philip’s, Coral Gables, served its 150th meal
with many members from Mexico and Central at the Homeless Assistance Center, a project of Grand opening
America, observed the traditional Mexican Feast Community Partnership for the Homeless. St.
Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12, be- Philip’s first became involved in this program in
ginning with songs and prayers at 6 a.m., fol- January of 1996; since that time about 225 vol- John Capella (center) and
lowed by the Rosary at 7 a.m. At noon there unteers from the parish have participated in the Doug Williams (right), mem-
were Aztec dancers and a celebration of the Eu- ministry, which now provides dinners for ap- bers of All Saints, Ft. Laud-
charist. The fiesta continued with mariachi musi- proximately 400 residents twelve times a year. erdale, make sure everything
cians and folkloric dancers in the afternoon. ■ Children at St. Faith’s, Cutler Bay, had a is in order for the Grand
■ St. Cuthbert’s, Boynton Beach, has started a visit from St. Nicholas on his feast day, Dec. 6, Opening of the Bountiful
praise dance group for girls ages six-12. Instruc- and led a traditional Swedish celebration of the Treasures Gift Shop at
Church of the Intercession,
tor Letisha Johnson has worked with the group Feast of St. Lucia on Dec. 13. St. Lucia was a
Ft. Lauderdale, on Nov. 21.
since early October, preparing them to dance at young Sicilian woman martyred in the fourth
The thrift shop, which is the
the offertory on Christmas Eve. century. In Scandinavia she has always been as- most recent project of the
■ The Palm Chapter of the Order of St. Luke at sociated with light; celebration of her feast day shared ministry between the
St. Joseph’s, Boynton Beach, will offer a Heal- includes candlelight processions, and often a two congregations, raised Bishop Leo Frade
ing Mission on Jan. 16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch will young girl dressed in white and wearing a crown over $300 on its opening introduces Deacon
of candles serves food to family and friends. weekend—and provided In- Carter Smith to the
be provided. The Mission will close with a heal-
congregation at his
ing Eucharist, led by Fr. Marty Zlatic. The guest ■ St. James the Fisherman, Islamorada, plans tercession’s neighbors with
some good bargains. ordination Dec. 5 at
speaker will be healing prayer facilitator Sandy to hold its Sunday service on Jan. 24 at a bar— St. Maryís, Stuart.
Stegall, of Good Shepherd Methodist Church, the Caribbean Club in Key Largo. The club is
owned by members of St. James, who offered Photo by Roger Allee
Lake Worth. There is no charge, but donations Photo by Thomas Winter
will be accepted. For further information and the venue for the parish outreach committee’s
registration, call the church office at 561-732- fundraiser for prevention of youth homelessness Meager meal Green building
3060. in the Keys. Instead of making everyone hurry
■ St. Nicholas, Pompano Beach, celebrated its from the church to the club that day, interim rec-
50th anniversary on St. Nicholas Day, Dec. 6, tor Fr. Jack Stanton suggested that worship be
with a festive Eucharist, followed by a luncheon. held on the beach in front of the club. Local Middle school students at St. Mark’s School,
■ Members and friends of the Swedish Lutheran artists will display their work at the event and Palm Beach Gardens, eat a low-income lunch
local musicians will perform. at the schoool’s Oxfam Hunger Banquet on Nov. Students at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day
Church held a service at St. Martin’s, Pompano
18. Students were given tickets that randomly
Beach, on the afternoon of Dec. 6. Among the ■ Children (and their parents) at St. Francis-in- School in Coconut Grove (Miami) gather on
determined what kind of meal they would re- Nov. 3 for the “topping off” ceremony for the
participants was the Swedish ambassador to the the-Keys, Big Pine Key, participated in a Candy ceive, based on statistics on world-wide poverty
Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 5. Families made new school building. When a building is
United States, Jonas Hafström. and hunger. The 15% in the high-income tier “topped off”—completed to roof level — a
■ St. Margaret’s and San Francisco de Asis, candy for themselves, as well as for patients in were served a full meal; the 35% in the middle- small tree is often lifted to the peak of the
Miami Lakes, have just launched a new website the Plantation Key Convalescent Center. income section had rice and beans; and the 50% roof, a symbol of the wood that was used in
at www.episcopalmiamilakes.com. ■ St. Paul’s, Key West, will offer a “Longest in the low-income tier were given small portions the construction. The tree is an especially
■ Holy Cross, Miami, has been celebrating Night” service, beginning at 5:30 p.m. (sunset) of rice and water, which they ate seated on the good symbol for St. Stephen’s building,
“Las Posadas,” the Latin America tradition that on Dec. 21. The service will include hymns, floor. Students were given the option of donating which will be LEED-certified for its
prayers and readings “that acknowledge a holy the school lunch they would have received that environmentally-friendly design
recalls the search of Mary and Joseph for lodg-
day to the soup kitchen at St. George’s, Riviera and construction.
ing in Bethlehem (posada means “inn”), in presence for those who mourn, for those who
Beach. Student members of the National Junior
homes of parishioners throughout December. struggle” with bereavement, illness, broken rela-
Honor Society also sponsored a food drive in
The last evening of the celebration will be at the tionships, unemployment or other troubles that conjunction with the Oxfam program.
church on Dec. 23, beginning at 7 p.m. make them feel especially isolated at this time of Photo by Robin Lawrie
■ Church of the Resurrection, Biscayne Park, year. ■ Photo by Kelee Shilling
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Reflecting on 40 years laypersons, priests and deacons who labored together stand for justice and equality.
oday at this Diocesan Convention we
with those bishops and were able to plant our church in In the past The Episcopal Church paid dearly for
are celebrating the 40th Anniversary
this part of Florida. our stand for justice; we paid for our stand on Civil
of the creation of our Diocese as one
Today we celebrate 40 years of ministry as the Dio- Rights that led to the loss of many members of our
of the 110 dioceses of the Episcopal
cese of Southeast Florida, and now is the time that God Church, especially in dioceses in the southern part of
Church. Prior to 1969 we were part
has given you and me as ministers of the Church to the United States.
of the Diocese of South Florida. In 1969 our General
carry on its mission, which is to restore all people to Another recurring challenge for us in this part of
Convention approved the division of that diocese into
unity with God and each other in Christ… the United States is that we are in the path of the hurri-
three dioceses—Southeast, Southwest and Central
I say all of this to remind you, as we are gathered as canes…Also during my time as your bishop we have
a big family, that whatever we do in each of our indi- faced the avian flu and at present, the swine flu.
I also would
vidual congregations is much greater, and has a bigger And sadly, during these past years the United States
like to point out
impact that blesses the rest of the diocese and the has been involved in two wars that seem endless and
that we are gath-
Church, than we can imagine. Each Episcopal congre- that have caused many casualties and affected our
ered here today at
gation of this diocese is interconnected with the rest of economy.
St. Paul’s Episco-
the congregations and institutions of Southeast Florida. Distressing also have been the two collapses of our
pal Church, a con-
Just like the Deanery of the Keys, made up of indi- economy that we have encountered during this past
gregation that was
vidual congregations on separate islands that are inter- decade. One of them happened after September 11, and
connected by bridges that unite them in one the other one during the past year and a half, the effects
years ago and is
community, we are all interconnected with one another of which have caused great pain in all of our communi-
the oldest congre-
in this diocese. ties. At present the financial outlook seems to be im-
gation of this dio-
We are gathered here today, people of God who call proving, and our prayers are that unemployment,
cese and also
ourselves Episcopalians, part of the Anglican Com- foreclosures and depression will become soon a thing
among the most
munion. We come from many different places, differ- of the past.
ent theological positions, different colors of skin, No one could say that we have gone through easy
tions of the State
different languages, different sexual orientations, dif- times.
ferent socio-economic classes, different political posi- Yes, it has been hard; yes, these crises and chal-
We can indeed
tions and different worship styles; but regardless of lenges have affected all of us; but we have endured and
say with the au-
those differences we become one through the power of we have persevered with our mission. We can indeed
thor of the 12th chapter of the Letter to the Hebrews:
the Holy Spirit, and through our common belief that do all things through Christ who strengthens us…
“we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses….
Jesus Christ is Lord. But let us not lose sight of the fact that all of the
therefore let us run with perseverance the race that is
It is he, our Lord Jesus, who is the bridge that inter- above calamities that we have encountered during
set before us.”
connects each one of us, regardless of our differences, these past years are nothing new.
We are celebrating our 40th year, and we are mov-
and it is through him that we can find our unity. Those who lived before us never hesitated to do the
As I reflect back on my years with you as your mission that God had given them. During the time that
But as we move forward, let us remember and
bishop, I must say that we have lived through very in- God gave them, they experienced two major world
thank God for the lives of men and women, lay and or-
teresting times, and some of those times, we all know, wars, plus the Korean and Vietnam wars; they perse-
dained, who in the past through their sacrifice and obe-
have been quite challenging. vered during the worst Wall Street financial collapse of
dience to our Lord established our church in this part
The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, just one American history in the 1930s and through the major
of the world; men and women who, under leadership
year after my enthronement, was one of those chal- unemployment of those days.
of their bishops, were able to endure whatever came
lenges, not only for our country but for the Church it- They also had to deal with various strains of in-
their way in the midst of the uncertainty of their times.
self. The consequences of this major terrorist attack fluenza, like swine flu, and other pandemics like polio;
We have a debt of gratitude to those who have pre-
have caused many changes and turmoil in the life of they lived through horrible, devastating hurricanes that
ceded us, among them Bishop Henry Loutitt, Bishop
our country and the Church. repeatedly damaged their church buildings. They also
of South Florida; Bishop James Duncan, first bishop of
General Convention 2003 and the consecration of had to face several conflicts in our church that
our diocese; Bishop Calvin Schofield, our second
the bishop of New Hampshire also caused divisions in brought division, as we took a stand against slavery,
Diocesan Bishop; and Bishop John Said, who served
our Church, and we need to own that, in order to be re- against discrimination and segregation based on race;
with Bishop Schofield as his Bishop Suffragan.
minded that there is always a price to pay when you when marriage was forbidden between persons of dif-
Let’s not forget their work and the work of many
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ferent races who loved each other. Divisions took “TGIF” pool? named the chapel for Calvin O. Schofield, Jr., to honor
place due to our acceptance of birth control and our our second Diocesan Bishop. Well, I don’t want to be
pastoral stand on the remarriage of previously di- left out: I would like us to have a pool and name it the
vorced persons, and 33 years ago a major conflict TGIF Swimming Pool, and TGIF stands for: “Thank
took place due to our approval of the ordination of God it’s Frade.” At the exhibit hall next to the church
women to the priesthood and the episcopate. you will find a model of the proposed TGIF Pool and
That was the time that those who preceded us had Gardens, so please make an effort to go and see the pro-
to face, but now is the time that God has given for us posed project that will make the Duncan Center more
to live… attractive and marketable.
You and I as ministers of the Church have a mis- I also want to invite you to a birthday party next
sion to do as we face the next 40 years. Are we going year; on April 18 we will celebrate the 25th Anniver-
to face the future with vigor, in order to restore all sary of the Duncan Center…
people to unity with God and each other in Christ, or I also want to announce that I will be naming the
do you prefer to wait for the better times that may Rev. Dr. Carlos Sandoval as Canon for Health. As I
never come in the future? mentioned earlier, we have been facing one pandemic
Well, let me tell you something: That time in the after another—HIV/AIDS, avian flu and now the
future is for others to fulfill, others that will come “swine flu,” H1N1. Today’s issue of USA Today re-
after us, but for you and me this is the time that God ported that swine flu has swept through about 22 mil-
has given us to do his mission. lion Americans from April through October of this year,
I will never forget what the late Bishop Herb killing an estimated 3,900 people, 540 of them children,
Thompson of Southern Ohio said to me in his sermon according to the Center for Disease Control.
the day of my enthronement as your diocesan bishop, Dr. Sandoval is a medical doctor and a psychiatrist,
Sept. 16, 2000. as well as a priest of our diocese, and we will work with
Bishop Thompson said that I must never forget the Duncan Center Director Alison Walsh shows off
him to make sure that we protect ourselves from illness
fact that in the end the reality is that I am only the in- the model of proposed improvements to the Center, during these days ahead of us.
terim bishop between the second and the fourth bishop including a swimming pool that Bishop Leo Frade is I would be remiss if I did not mention an organiza-
of this diocese. You see, this is the time that God has calling the “TGIF—Thank God It’s Frade” pool. tion in our diocese that has been working very hard to
given me as the third diocesan bishop of Southeast help the needy in our midst. I am referring to Episcopal
Florida, and my mission is to continue building upon drew’s School in Boca early in 2001. There I talked Charities of Southeast Florida, which under the guid-
the work of those that were here before me and to pre- about my desire to start a ministry among the many ance of its new director, the Rev. Donna Dambrot, and
pare the way and strengthen the church in order that Brazilians that live in our diocese. a very dynamic board, has brought new energy to its
someday the fourth bishop will continue building upon I don’t know if you know that the three towns in the ministries in recent months. I thank Episcopal Charities
our common work… United States with the largest populations of Brazilians for the initiative asking delegates to bring to convention
I give thanks to God that he has given me the are found in our diocese, more specifically in and a donation of food for those in need in the Keys…
strength to serve you and this diocese as the interim around Pompano Beach. We have been working with Before I end, allow me to make some comments
bishop between the second and the fourth bishop, but I Fr. Tim Thomas and Dean Bernie Pecaro, both rectors about other important issues.
am also aware that time passes quickly. Therefore, I of churches in the Pompano Beach area, in order to co- First let me say to you that during this coming trien-
want to make sure that the years I have ahead as your ordinate the beginning of this ministry. We now have a nium we will be involved in discussing the Anglican
bishop will be used in a creative way. Portuguese- speaking person to start this ministry. He is Covenant that eventually will be presented to the Angli-
I have some clear ideas of how to proceed, but I the Rev. Jose de Jesus Sanchez, who is here with his can Communion. Some have already come out to sup-
want us to work together in discovering God’s will for wife Glenda. I ask your prayers for the success of this port the Covenant and others to attack it. Well, the
us on how to proceed, and to determine what kind of ministry. proposed Covenant is not out yet and we will wait to
diocese we want to hand to the fourth bishop when he I also want to commend the ministry that has taken have the complete draft in our hands in order to study
or she gets here. place in several Hispanic congregations of our diocese. and analyze it after it comes out.
I am in the process of preparing four Visioning Days Todos Los Santos, Miami, this past year became a self- I also want to mention something that has been in
to take place in 2010 in different parts of the diocese. supporting parish. In addition to that, the growth of the news recently in reference to the invitation of the
The dates and venues will be announced before the end places like Holy Cross, Miami, and Holy Comforter, Pope in Rome for Anglicans to join their church. One
of this year, and anyone in the diocese will be welcome Miami, are exciting as they, too, move closer to self- of the newspapers of Miami came out with a headline
to participate in whichever one of the gatherings is most supporting parish status. that read: “Stampede of Anglicans and Episcopalians to
convenient. It is good to share with you the news that in addition join the Catholic Church.”
What I am proposing is for us to concentrate on to Todos Los Santos, two other churches, All Souls’, Well, the rumor of our demise has been greatly ex-
what we believe that God is calling us to do during this Miami Beach, and All Saints’, Jensen Beach, have be- aggerated. The reports from around the world where
time, yours and mine, as interim ministers of this dio- come self-supporting parishes. our Communion has flourished show that even the most
cese, especially during the immediate future, the years I also would like to mention the strengthening and conservative groups have declined the invitation. As I
from 2011 until 2015. revitalization of our Cursillo Movement. I want to check around other dioceses the report shows a lack of
I am aware that some of this visioning has already thank many that have made this possible, and in partic- enthusiasm to the invitation.
been taking place. ular I want to thank Dede Lewis for her effort and sup- But let me say this, too, not to brag, but because it
We know that the creativity of many in this diocese port to make this possible. needs to be said: The number of Roman Catholics, lay
has allowed us to develop regional ministries, such as I am also happy to announce that with the approval and ordained, that are received into our church contin-
the shared ministry of All Saints, Ft. Lauderdale, with of Bishop Alfred Reid we are in the process of export- ues increasing.
the Church of the Intercession and El Centro Episcopal ing the Cursillo Movement to the Diocese of Jamaica, Our doors will remain open to those who want to
Todos Los Santos. with the cooperation of the Diocese of the Bahamas and come to our church. ■
In the Deanery of South Palm Beach we laud the co- Turk and Caicos, which also has a strong Cursillo
operation of two Boca Raton congregations, St. Gre- Movement. This is indeed an exciting day.
gory’s and the Chapel of St. Andrew. In the North Palm And now let me say something about our Duncan
Beach Deanery, St. Mark’s, Palm Beach Gardens, is Center. I am very happy to share with you the good
sharing ministry with St. George’s, Riviera Beach. news that it continues in the black and is flourishing in-
I know there are other collaborative ministries that deed. The occupancy keeps increasing and our Duncan +Leo Frade
are developing—these are only a few examples of the Center has become a vital part of our ministry. We are
creative work happening in our diocese. now in the process of starting a new effort to raise the This column is excerpted from Bishop Leo Frade’s
Let me also share with you an initiative that has funds for a swimming pool and gardens. Nov. 13 address to Diocesan Convention. The com-
taken a long time to get here. I spoke of it at my very In the past you named the Duncan Center to honor plete text can be found on his blog,
first diocesan gathering, called First Step, at St. An- our first Diocesan Bishop James L. Duncan; you also http://blog.diosef.org/.
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NET www.diosef.org Youth
Eight guilds represent SE Florida at Acolyte Festival
By Demetrius Jones Home team
Acolytes from eight churches represented the Dio-
cese of Southeast Florida at this year’s National
Acolyte Festival on Oct. 10 at Washington National
Cathedral: St. Anne’s, Hallandale; St. James-in-the-
Hills, Hollywood; Church of the Incarnation, Miami:
Church of the Resurrection, Biscayne Park; Historic
St. Agnes, Miami; Holy Cross, Miami; Holy Family,
Miami Gardens; and Trinity Cathedral, Miami.
Bishop Leo Frade came with the group from
Church of the Incarnation. This was the first time that
our diocesan bishop attended the Festival with the
acolytes of Southeast Florida.
When I attended the Festival two years ago, I
think there may have been more acolytes who made
the trip. Two years ago we were not in the economic
crisis that is now impacting our budgets, and acolyte
guilds were coming from everywhere. However, de-
spite the difficulty for all churches of raising funds
for the trip, acolyte guilds from as far west as Califor-
nia still came to Washington, D.C., to celebrate, each Photo by Divina Brown
guild bringing approximately ten acolytes. Southeast Florida acolytes asked Bishop Leo Frade (back row, in front of banner) to join them for photos
St. Anne’s acolytes were praised for our precision with some of the other acolytes at the National Acolyte Festival.
in the procession down the cathedral aisle. We’ve cre-
ated a move called the “shift,” which is the rotation of Florida.” Our acolyte master and trainer Maceo youngest acolyte in any Episcopal Church. Now five,
the six torches around the cross and back into the Brown heard some of the acolytes from other he remains the one of the youngest acolytes in our
original order of procession. The shift is executed churches saying, “Look at St. Anne’s!” diocese, along with Joshua Parker, also five, from
after we acknowledge the bishop and before we con- Bishop Frade gave our guild thumbs-up for our Holy Family.
tinue processing to our places. performance at the cathedral; he said we were “out- When asked by Bishop John Chane of the Diocese
We also executed the “kick step,” which is similar standing,” and his wife stated she is very proud of us. of Washington what church he belonged to, Amari ex-
to a military march step. While many of the acolyte I want to thank Mr. Brown, our acolyte master, for claimed “I don’t know!” in front of the whole cathedral
guilds paced quickly through the cathedral and didn’t his training for the past seven years. It’s because of congregation. After the service was over, Amari said to
stop to reverence the bishop, we were slow and took the long hours of practice time he has given up to us his dad, “You never told me the name of my church!”
our time. that we were able to perform with such precision. He knows now, and we’re all proud—of our
Because of our style of procession, we noticed Two years ago, our youngest acolyte, Amari Rain- youngest acolyte, of our St. Anne’s team and of all
many people from other churches pointing to us, say- ford, who was then three years old, made the spot- the acolytes who represented Southeast Florida this
ing “look at the church from Hallandale Beach, light as the youngest acolyte present—maybe the year. ■
Youth share their faith at diocese’s Happening weekend
Thank you note By Daniel Ledo Over the course of two days we became
one body of human love, loving each other
“Instead of going to church or youth the way that Christ asked us to love one an-
group and having adults tell you what faith other. All 43 participants came in not know-
should be like, Happening is a bunch of ing each other; and yet by the time closing
youth talking to you about their own faith. ceremony came around, we had shared tears
It’s easy to relate to.” of sorrow, tears of joy, an amazing religious
That is how one of the youth at Happen- experience and much more.
ing 25, Oct. 23-25 at Camp Choee in south To me, the last part of the weekend was
Miami-Dade County, described the weekend, the ideal of what Christ asked of us all: We
and that is what Happening was like for me, became one body in Christ, and we will
too. never stand alone.
As soon as I arrived, I was welcomed by After the Happening weekend, I can hon-
the other youth and was immediately ac- estly say that our diocese has some of the
cepted. This ease-of-acceptance became a greatest teens—noble, kind and loving. The
blessing for me, and I will never forget the kids I met will forever be a part of my life,
experiences we shared. and the gift they gave me in accepting me
There were 43 “Happeners” from 13 con- and sharing so much with me left me rejuve-
gregations in all parts of Miami-Dade, nated and ready to conquer anything that
Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The comes my way.
team included 22 youth, representing seven I highly recommend Happening as an en-
congregations, as well as eight full-time and counter that every teenager should experi-
five part-time adult leaders, from 10 different ence. Through Happening, we can share
Photo by Dominic Lamberti churches. Christ’s love with one another and become
Happening 25 Rector Krista Lamberti (left) shows team members Bishop Leo Frade spoke at the closing, the Church that Christ created. ■
Lara Copeland and Stefania Copeland a poster from the “Happeners” and called us all to be active participants in Daniel Ledo is a member of St. Stephen’s,
thanking them for the weekend. our parishes and in the diocese. Miami.
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Welcoming creatures ...
Photos above and center by Cristy Carbajales
Fr. Mario Milian (right) watches as Fr. Roger Tobin, rector of St. Thomas, Coral Gables, carefully feeds the
baby lion that came to be blessed on the Feast of St. Francis.
Little girl, Photo by Aric Ireland
big pet Two of the animals blessed at Church of the Ad-
vent, Palm City, greet each other in the spirit of St.
Blessing Mr. Turtle
A father and daughter
wait for their very large
pet to be blessed at St.
Beach. Fr. Roger Tobin tries to figure out exactly
how to bless this pet from the Environ-
Photo by Georgia Handy
mental Science classroom at St. Thomas
he Blessing of the Animals has become an annual event in many of our congregations. The
Oct. 4 Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, whose joy in all of creation is recalled in stories of his
friendship with birds and animals, provides an opportunity for congregations to welcome their
neighbors—both four-legged and two-legged.
At parish day-schools, like St. John’s, Homestead, and St. Stephen’s, Miami, stuffed animals (and even a
plastic dinosaur) were blessed, along with the living creatures. Zoo animals received a blessing from Fr. Greg
Mansfield, chaplain at St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach, and an exotic visitor from a wildlife rescue
organization came to St. Thomas, Coral Gables. Parishioners at St. Margaret’s and San Francisco de Asis,
Miami Lakes, could request “house calls’’—Fr. Richard Aguilar blessed pets in their own homes.
For a gallery of animal blessing pictures from around the diocese, go to www.diosef.org, click on “News Photo by Thomas Winter
and events,” “Images and multimedia,” and look in “Diocesan photo galleries.” Kristen Winter, and sons Tommy and Charlie
Here are a few of the best, chosen by a panel three diocesan communicators: Jim DeLa, Diocese of South- make sure that “Mr. Turtle” (hidden in his box) gets a
west Florida; Herb Gunn, Diocese of Michigan; and Melodie Woerman, Diocese of Kansas. Thanks to these blessing from Fr. Steve Fregeau at St. Mary’s, Stu-
judges for their expert help. ■ art
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NET www.diosef.org Diocese
Two parishes offer support for job seekers
By Mary W. Cox, editor The St. Mark’s group “has given me a different had her own executive search firm before retiring to
perspective on how to look…how to use my net- Palm Beach four years ago.
Looking for a job in a time of rising unemploy- work,” Nimal said. She now meets weekly with a group of from seven
ment doesn’t necessarily begin with updating a re- He is currently focusing on freelance web-devel- to 20 job-seekers, sharing tips on resumes and net-
sume—sometimes it begins with prayer. opment activities for several businesses he discovered working, and guiding role-playing for interview situa-
St. Mark the Evangelist, Ft. Lauderdale, and in his networking process, while being the stay-at- tions. She has done a webinar on how to use the
Bethesda-by-the-Sea, Palm Beach, have both begun home parent for the couple’s six-month-old son. networking site LinkedIn.
offering weekly support groups that provide job-seek- Wells advises the people in his group to keep net- Sometimes she meets one-on-one with someone
ers with practical help in skills like networking and working notebooks with information on their con- preparing for an interview.
writing resumes, but also offer spiritual support and a tacts—that’s how Nimal found the companies for Members of the group also share information on-
community in which those who are looking for work which he is now freelancing—and always to focus on line. They’ve become a community for each other,
can share their experiences and find encouragement. work they would love. Range said, and have even met a few times when she
Jim Wells, a member of St. Mark’s with a back- “Hiring managers have no defense against enthu- couldn’t be there.
ground in finance, had started a job search support siasm,” he said. “It’s a safe place to come and talk about frustra-
group at his former parish in New York, using skills Wells starts every session with prayer, and partici- tions,” she said. “They’re an enormous help to each
and insights he had learned when he was between pants agree that the spiritual focus is essential. other.”
jobs himself. “I never fail to come to one of these meetings that Not all members of the group are parishioners,
He began the group at St. Mark’s in late August. my energy doesn’t get picked up,” said Nimal. Range said; one woman got information about the
The group has been small—six people, at most, Wells Another participant, Laura, who was excited about group from her banker.
said at the Oct. 21 session—but the results have been having found a short-term job with good possibilities, “I have stories of people who have not been in
encouraging. said, “I honestly believe that God gave me this time church in years who are now coming to Bethesda be-
He emphasizes empowerment, urging job-seekers off for a reason…this meeting keeps me focused on cause of this group.”
to figure out what they want, find out which compa- my belief.” “It’s a lot of work, but these people are in such
nies offer opportunities for that kind of work, and Wells recently offered an evening meeting for pain,” Range said. “It’s been very rewarding for me.”
then “go for it.” people who are employed, but looking for change, Nimal, from St. Mark’s, appreciates the opportu-
“Do you want to fill the requirements of someone and has been exchanging emails with one of the per- nity to deal with his job search in the context of faith.
else’s flow chart, or do you want to fulfill your own sons who attended, offering suggestions. He says will “It’s important to spend time talking to the One who
dreams?” he asks. offer the evening meeting again if there is sufficient makes it happen,” he said. ■
One of those attending the Oct. 21 meeting was interest.
Nimal, a recent immigrant from Jamaica with a back- When Bethesda-by-the-Sea announced last spring St. Mark’s job-search support group meets on
ground in computer science. His wife had also partic- that the Men of Bethesda (MOB) planned to start a Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; for information
ipated in the group, he said, and had recently found a job-search support group, parishioner Mary Jane contact Jim Wells, email@example.com. The group
job in a field she loves, marketing and communica- Range immediately offered to lead it. Range worked at Bethesda meets on Thursdays at 1:15 p.m.; contact
tions. for more than 20 years in international banking and Mary Jane Range at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deacon Peter Wallace, Stokes receives Lilly Foundation grant for sabbatical
member of The Mighty Band of God St. Paul’s, Delray Beach, and its rector, Fr. William “Chip” Stokes, have been awarded a
$47,685.00 grant from the Lilly Foundation’s National Clergy Renewal Program for 2010.
The Rev. Peter Wallace, deacon at St. Ambrose, Ft. Laud- The purpose of these grants is to fund sabbatical time for full-time clergy serving in ac-
erdale, died Oct. 30 at age 76, after sev- tive parish ministry. Family members are also often included in the grant award and the St.
eral years of declining health. Paul’s grant proposal was intentional in including the full participation of Stokes’ wife,
Born June 2, 1933, in Buffalo, NY, Susan, the parish’s director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries, in the sabbatical.
he attended Vanderbilt University on a The Stokes’ sabbatical, which the proposal called, “From Wilderness to Wilderness:
scholarship and was a veteran of the Sounds of Silence, Songs of Solitude,” will begin in July of 2010 with their participation in
Korean War. His ashes are to be interred the Sewanee’s Writers’ Conference at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
in Arlington National Cemetery. They will return to St. Paul’s for the balance of the summer, and then leave for extended
As a contractor, he built much of the sabbatical time following Labor Day Weekend.
City of Plantation, and during the years Their extended sabbatical will take them to the St. Thomas Retreat Center in Cody, WY,
he served as volunteer sexton at St. Am- where they will explore the concept of centering prayer and have an opportunity to visit Yel-
brose, he built the main altar and organ lowstone National Park.
loft at the church. Wallace In late September they will journey to Jerusalem, where they will participate in “Ways in
Wallace served on the board of St. the Wilderness” a course of continuing education offered by St. George’s College, which
Laurence Chapel, but he was best known in the diocese as a will include journeying into the deserts of Sinai and Egypt while exploring the desert tradi-
leader in the Cursillo movement—and as the string bass player tion in both the biblical and monastic experiences.
in The Mighty Band of God, a group that has led music at Cur- Following “Ways in the Wilderness” they will travel to Ireland, visiting family and ex-
sillo weekends, ultreyas and many diocesan events. ploring family roots on Susan’s side while also engaging in reflection about the Celtic
During his preparation for ordination Wallace suffered sev- Christian tradition and visiting monastic ruins in and around Ardee.
eral catastrophic heart problems, including a massive stroke After this, they will travel to the Lake District in England where Chip will consider
that impaired his ability to read, but was eventually able to be Wordsworth’s conception of “reflection in solitude” and take time to do some creative writ-
ordained to the diaconate on Nov. 19, 2005. ing.
Fr. David Peoples, priest-in-charge at St. Ambrose, re- They will return to their ministries at St. Paul’s the first weekend of Advent.
called, “Through hard work and determination Peter regained Throughout the sabbatical, the program at St. Paul’s will offer connections with the
much of what he lost and served fully as a deacon—with dis- Stokes’s sabbatical experience, including courses on centering prayer; the Desert Fathers;
tinction — despite physical limitations.” Celtic Christianity and Wordsworth and Recollection in Solitude. ■
Wallace is survived by his wife, Eilene, and two stepsons,
Michael and Mark Tibbetts. ■
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St. Joseph’s and BSA make baptism ‘extra special’
By Christopher Hagman
All baptisms are special. At St. Joseph’s, Boynton
Beach, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew makes bap-
tisms extra special: Each newly baptized child re-
ceives a hand-made faith chest built by members of
The chests are filled with gifts—most of them,
like the chests, hand-made—from parishioners and
ministry groups in the parish. Each chest contains a
Bible, a Christian music CD and age-appropriate
books. The “Sassy Sewers,” led by Marla Peck, make
a personalized quilt for each infant and young toddler.
Parishioner Sherry Thomas embroiders a personal-
ized burp cloth or towel with a picture of a sheep and
the words, “I’m in God’s Flock” for each baptized
person. Professional ceramist Sally Antonelli, hand-
paints a porcelain cross with the baptized person’s
name and date of baptism. Olive Gill crochets a lamb
for the babies and toddlers.
In addition to the gifts in the faith chests, parish-
ioner Joan Fox creates individual small banners for
each baptized person that attach to a large banner.
The large banner is part of the procession at every
baptism, and each January at a family worship service
all those baptized in the previous year are presented
with their banners.
Our chapter has been making faith chests for sev-
eral years. Although the project is not difficult, it is a
commitment of money and time. Throughout the year
our chapter has fund-raisers, like pancake and
spaghetti dinners, which raise money to pay for mate-
rial costs. Periodically, we order enough pre-cut wood
from a wholesale cabinet manufacturer in North Car- Photo by Ric Filer
olina to make about thirty chests. Our chapter buys
hardware locally and custom cuts some of the screws. Brotherhood of St. Andrew members (left to right) Dennis Paul, Bob Lees and Jeff Nurge present faith
We are fortunate to have Brothers like Bob Lees, chests to a family at a baptism service at St. Joseph’s, Boynton Beach.
Jeff Nurge and Dennis Paul who have good wood
working skills. They show others what to do or how current and new members. and caring. Through the years our chapter has re-
to assist. Several Brothers work on each faith chest, St. Joseph’s rector, Fr Marty Zlatic says, “In our ceived much gratitude and appreciation from families
which takes about two hours to build. Our chapter has baptismal covenant the congregation promises that who have received faith chests filled with gifts from
built hundreds of faith chests and has learned from we will do all in our power to support this person in various ministries. ■
our mistakes. Now we have a solid system of how to his/her life in Christ… The faith chest presentation Christopher Hagman is chapter director of the
make them right. becomes a visible sign of our continued support for Brotherhood of St. Andrew at St. Joseph’s. This arti-
Children’s Minister Dee Zlatic keeps us informed this spiritual journey together and enables us to begin cle is adapted, with additional material from St.
about the number of upcoming baptisms. Whenever marking the moments of the spiritual milestones that Joseph’s Director of Children’s Ministries, Dee
we get low on faith chests, I call a working meeting we, as a spiritual family, will share together as that Zlatic, from one published in the summer 2009 issue
on a Saturday morning—usually at someone’s garage. child continues to grow in wisdom, stature and in the of the St. Andrew’s Cross. Since its publication, sev-
We start early and work until mid-morning or noon. eyes of God.” eral Brotherhood chapters in other states have con-
The working meetings sometimes include bagels and It is awesome to give a family a hand-made faith tacted St. Joseph’s chapter about the faith chest
juice and are excellent fellowship opportunities for chest that contains gifts that represent so much love project.
Thank you, gracias, merci! Parish lecture series will
Thanks to everyone who has made a donation to The explore religious pluralism
Net! By the second week of December we had received
$4,279 from faithful subscribers—nearly $600 more than St. Andrew’s, Lake Worth, begins its are set for Saturday evenings--Feb. 6, Mar. 6
was received by the end of January this year in response to fourth annual free lecture series on Sunday, and April 24—beginning with worship at 6
the 2008 appeal. In our present economic difficulties, this Jan. 3, with a presentation by Dr. Nathan p.m., followed by a potluck supper, then the
represents an extraordinary commitment to communications Katz on the Dalai Lama. lecture at 7:30 p.m.
ministry in our diocese. The evening will begin with a potluck Topics include “Palestinian Judaism in
Thanks go also to all of you who continue to submit the supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture the First Century: Understanding the Semitic
articles, photographs and information that make The Net at 6:30. Mind of Jesus” (Feb 6); “Sharing the Legacy
worth reading. The theme of this year’s series is “The of Abraham: The Forefather of Judaism,
— Mary W. Cox, editor Dynamics of Diversity: An Exploration of Christianity, and Islam” (Mar. 6) and “Hait-
Religious Pluralism.” Subsequent lectures ian Vodou: Its True Face” (April 24).
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NET www.diosef.org Committed to Mission
All Saints leads Ready to race
to social justice
By Todd Hoover
Four hundred people from 25 churches and
temples gathered at All Saints, Ft. Lauderdale, on
Nov. 10 for the Broward Organized Leaders Doing
Justice (BOLD Justice) Community Problems As-
All Saints helped found BOLD Justice in 2007,
and members of the congregation have joined with
1,800 other multi-faith worshippers to bring social
justice changes to Broward County. Through the
power of people in the pews working together to
demand change, BOLD Justice has convinced
county leaders to provide low-income rental hous-
ing; a dental plan for the uninsured; and reforms in
the unemployment claims process. BOLD is a di-
rect action agency not a direct service agency.
In the past year, Broward County has funded
$2.4 million for the rental units with 350 already
built and 263 units under construction. Top leaders
Photo by Joe Longobardi
from Nova University, the Hospital Districts and
the American Dental Association partnered to- Team SOS shows off its readiness before a Dragon Boat race in September. Front row, left, is St. Andrew’s
gether for the first time to finalize opening up den- parishioner Berni Longobardi.
tal care to the uninsured and low-income residents.
St. Andrew’s supports work
The Rev. Rosa Lindahl-Mallow of All Saints and
Centro Hispano Todos los Santos chaired this den-
tal committee and aggressively pushed these lead-
ers to do the right thing; she wouldn’t take no for
This year BOLD has demanded that the county
commission require Work Force One to fix clerical
errors at the local centers so that unemployment
of breast cancer survivors
claims would be expedited. Over thirty percent of
Berni Longobardi, a parishioner at St. Andrew’s, Pal- tion, and has become a popular sport with breast cancer
initial claims were “flagged”, delayed—for weeks
metto Bay, is a five-year breast cancer survivor and an survivors not only for its health and fitness benefits, but
at a time in some cases—to due to clerical errors.
active member of Miami's first and only all-breast-can- also for the friendships and personal empowerment it
Reforms to the claims process literally saved lives:
cer-survivor competitive Dragon Boat team, Team SOS provides.
There had been a spike in suicides of laid-off
Miami. On Oct. 9 about 100 parishioners and friends came
working men in their 30s, who had never experi-
Save Our Sisters (SOS) is an organization that works to St. Andrew’s to view a new documentary film pro-
enced a recession and had reached the point of des-
to raise breast cancer awareness and provides both fi- duced for WLRN-Channel 17 about the SOS Dragon
nancial assistance for women who cannot afford mam- Boat team. Longobardi and several of her teammates
The week before the big action assembly last
mograms, and support and guidance to women battling were present for a question-and-answer period after the
spring, the county commissioner responsible for
the disease. film. Donations were requested for SOS, and the parish
requesting the change told us the commission
wouldn’t do it. Once he walked into the church and
Dragon Boat racing is adapted from a Chinese tradi- raised nearly $900 for the organization’s work. ■
saw over 1,500 people at the assembly, he immedi-
ately said “yes”—and the needed reforms were Sharing Thanksgiving
made within 30 days.
At the Nov. 10 meeting the members from all
the participating religious organizations voted that Thompson Sunderaj of St. Matthew’s,
Crime/Community Relations be the issue for 2010. Miami, gives all the fixings for Thanks-
This broad issue will be narrowed down and speci- giving dinner to a young woman at
fied once the newly formed research committee in- Bethany Church of the Nazarene in
vestigates the most pressing need in this area and Miami. Parishioners Emilie Young (at
develops a recommendation. right, in the truck) and Janelle Aizpurua
On April 22, 2010, all these people of faith will (center left, in pink shirt) were part of
the team that gathered, packed and dis-
gather together for the Nehemiah Action Assem-
tributed the food. St. Matthew’s Thanks-
bly, at which they will present the issue, along giving Basket Outreach ministry is now
with a workable solution, to county leaders. in its 18th year; the parish works with
For more information on becoming a part of German Izquierdo, director of the Edi-
BOLD Justice or involving your congregations son Neighborhood Service Center, who
with ecumenical social justice initiatives in your knows where there are families who
community, contact Todd Hoover at todd@all- need the food and finds a neighborhood
saintsfl.org.■ church to host the distribution.
Photo by Karen Jones