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Hispanic Ministries Page 7

Prison Ministries Page 19

New Clergy Page 25

Schools of the Diocese Page 21

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M A G A Z I N E

Diocesan Rural and Urban Outreach Ministries Page 13 Baptismal Covenant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons loving your neighbor as yourself? I will with God’s help.


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Features 13

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A WORD FROM THE BISHOP

Diocesan Rural & Urban Outreach

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JEWELS OF THE DIOCESE

Several Diocesan Outreach Ministries are highlighted with people living God’s Word and helping those in need.

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CAMP WEED TIMELINE

Hispanic Ministries

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EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT

The Hispanic population is one of the fastest growing communities in The Episcopal Diocese of Florida.

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SUMMER CAMP: WHAT’S BEING ACCOMPLISHED

Prison Ministries

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SOLO FLIGHT SINGLES MINISTRY

The Commission on Prison and Related Ministry in the Diocese of Florida helps serve over fifteen prison ministries throughout the Diocese.

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OLDER ADULT MINISTRY

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WOUNDED WARRIOR RETREAT

Schools of the Diocese Outstanding education in the Episcopal tradition is offered at eleven schools in the Diocese of Florida.

New Clergy New clergy members learned about the workings of the Diocese, put down roots, and found places of nurturance in Christ.

11 SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH, SEWANEE 23 OUR 175TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR: AN OVERVIEW 26 LOOKING AHEAD

Welcome to our premiere issue!

At the Diocese of Florida we are entering into a new age of communications. We are offering you all the news of the Diocese via this beautiful new magazine and through the Diocesan web site, diocesefl.org; Dio-logue: our weekly e-newsletter; up to the minute news on Facebook and Twitter; along with multitudes of event photos on our Flickr account. The communications world is ever evolving and the Diocese is evolving with it. We invite you to join us!

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A Word from the Bishop Dear Friends, Recently, Chris Rick, TRACK Manager and Diocesan liaison for Wounded Warrior Project, was asked to describe the Diocese of Florida. His response was brief and to the point. “The Diocese is love.” Chris made a simple statement, and the words he spoke are true. We love God. And we love our neighbor. The words of Jesus quoted in Matthew 25 are a way of life for us. Through the many Outreach Ministries of the Diocese, we give our time, our resources, our service and our energy. Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the prisoner, supporting our soldiers and nurturing our youth to be future leaders. We do these things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We love because He first loved us. Each day, we live the promise that each of us made at our baptism, to “…seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as ourselves.” This magazine focuses on that promise and on the many ways we, by the grace of God, are keeping it. During this, the 175th anniversary of our Diocese, I am proud to be celebrating ten years as your Bishop. You and I are Unified in Mission. And I look forward to sharing that mission and ministry with you for years to come. Enjoy this magazine and embrace our future as we focus on the vision God has placed in our hearts. Let us continue to process in His name…together.

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DIOCESAN Magazine is an official publication of The Episcopal Diocese of Florida. Our mission is to bring M Aand GAZINE you inspirational news happenings of the Diocese and beyond, to touch your daily life, become more involved and inspire you to become Mstronger A G A Z N E inIfaith. C ONTRI BU T I NG WRI T E R S

Mary Hamilton, Editor

Director of Communications Virginia Barker

Senior Communications Consultant The Rev. Dr. Nancee Martin

Coordinator, New Clergy Program Tory Walker

Summer Intern C ONTRI BU T I NG PHOTO G R A PH E R S

Dawn McKinstry Photography Edward Babcock Photography Debbie Barbare Mary Hamilton

With warmest blessings,

The Right Reverend Samuel Johnson Howard Bishop of Florida

Will Mai

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Jewels

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“O Heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works…” Reflect on the many jewels of the Diocese.

Saint Paul’s By-The-Sea Episcopal Church Jacksonville Beach

St John’s Episcopal Church Tallahassee

Trinity Episcopal Church - Melrose

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Jacksonville

San Jose Episcopal Church - Jacksonville

Trinity Episcopal Church - St. Augustine

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St Mary’s Episcopal Church Green Cove Springs


CampWeed Timeline New Water, New Life! Camp Weed is the heart of the Diocese, where all ministries converge. Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center welcomes over 35,000 guests annually who enjoy 520 acres of unspoiled land.

1929 The Diocese of Florida purchased 10 acres of land at Beacon Beach on St. Andrew’s Bay.

1946 Camp Weed moves back to St. Teresa Beach after moving locations during World War II.

1978 St. Teresa property is sold and a 500-acre property near Live Oak is purchased.

1986 Cerveny Conference Center was completed, named after Bishop Frank S. Cerveny, 6th Bishop of the Diocese.

1995 Mandi’s Chapel is the centerpiece of Camp Weed, given by Tom and Betty Petway in honor of their late daughter.

2006 The Snell-McCarty Youth Pavilion is built.

2013 Bishop Howard blesses the new 34’ Rock Climbing Wall donated by the Foundation Board.

TODAY New Water, New Life is a successfully completed plan for wetlands and White Lake restoration. Diocesan Magazine Page 4


Summer Camp What’s being accomplished

What is better than the sweet smell of grass, the open air and the laughter of children at summer camp? Nothing! All of this and more happen each year at Camp Weed. The Diocese of Florida has been operating Camp Weed for over 85 years for youth completing grades 2-11. Generations of families have enjoyed swimming, archery, crafts, trail biking, kayaking and a multitude of additional activities, all under the umbrella of a loving Christian atmosphere. This year over 350 campers tested their limits by participating in the newest addition, the exciting 34’ Rock Climbing Wall. Extra-curricular activities included leather works, tie-dye, sign language and movie making. The Camp Weed staff is selected based on their spiritual and emotional maturity, enthusiasm for working with youth, and ability to be a team member and to lead activities. Campers of all denominations are welcome to attend Camp Weed. For more information, visit diocesefl.org, go to Mission & Ministry and select Summer Camp.

“I enjoyed summer camp because… I grew closer to God and had a ton of fun!”

Episcopal Relief & Development Healing a hurting world Fresh, clean water. Planting the seeds for long-term growth. Eliminate harmful pollution in homes. The Diocese of Florida takes an active part in the Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) Fund faithfully supporting the first 7 Millennium Development Goals since 2007. Each year the Diocese supports the designated goal through Diocesan, parish and individual donations. This year the Diocese has contributed over $12,250 to date to support Goal 7 Green Gifts. Green Gifts consists of Rainwater Harvesting, Community Garden, Energy Efficient Cook Stove and Reforestation. The Diocese has also been involved in many ERD projects including Hurricane Sandy Relief, NetsforLife and Mozambique Flood Response. For more information on ERD and the Green Gifts program, please visit: episcopalrelief.org

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Singles Ministry What is today’s definition of being single? No longer is it just someone who has never married. It is also those who are divorced and widowed. Being single encompasses people of all ages and backgrounds. The Diocese of Florida supports the efforts of the Solo Flight Ministry of Singles at Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra. Marsha Evans Holmes of Solo Flight says, “Singles head 32% of all households at Christ Church. Solo Flight provides opportunities for singles to worship, serve and be in the community. It acts as a gateway for singles into the congregation’s full life and ministry.”

Solo Flight’s five “Gateways to Ministry” includes: Worship, Social/ Recreational, Educational, Outreach and Divorce Recovery. These Gateways include monthly dinners, sports outings, teaching Christian Formation, serving as Eucharistic Ministers, working at BEAM, and so much more.

“And I Will Raise You Up on Eagle’s Wings.”

Solo Flight’s motto is: “Individually, we are one. Collectively, we are part of the whole. We are uniquely us, yet also we are You.” For more information, please visit: christepiscopalchurch.org/solo

Older Adult Ministry According to The Episcopal Church “one in three Episcopalians is over the age of 65… having a profound demographic impact on local congregations.” The Diocese of Florida’s Older Adult Ministry offers opportunities for older adults to strengthen their relationships with others and with God. Events include Retreats and Celebrations of Marriages of couples in the Diocese that have been wed 50+ years. For more information please visit: diocesefl.org, go to Mission & Ministry and select Older Adult Ministry.

“Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days” Job 12:12

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Hispanic Ministries

When you walk into a Hispanic service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church you are warmly greeted with an immediate sense of belonging. Fr. Miguel Rosada, Rector, says, “St. Luke’s is a liturgical church with traditional values, which is important to Hispanics in the congregation.” Hispanics are the largest minority group in the United States and growing quickly in the Diocese. In addition to St. Luke’s/San Lucas in Jacksonville, several parishes currently offer Spanish services, including St. Mark’s in Jacksonville and San Francisco del Campo, located on the campus of St. Francis in the Field in Ponte Vedra. Noting the importance and growth of the Hispanic community, there are discussions of additional congregations and services to be launched throughout the Diocese. St. Luke’s congregation is made up of all walks of life. The parishioners come from thirty different countries. They are hard workers, newcomers to the country, people born and raised here with various dialects and a strong sense of family. Fr. Rosada says, “They come to the Episcopal Church seeking a new life and a new relationship with God. We are here to stay!”

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“The church is not a building, we are united by the love of God.” – Fr. Miguel Rosada

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A Soldier’s

Thanks

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The Diocese of Florida has a unique role in the Wounded Warrior Project by providing

retreats to help severely wounded veterans connect with one another, and helping them explore their spirituality. The following excerpt shows why it is important to be involved.

“To all the people, groups, and congregations that took the time out of their day to write a note, draw a picture, or say a prayer for these wounded warriors. As I entered my room at Camp Weed I was shocked, amazed and honored to see your gifts and notes in front of me. God has blessed me more in my life than I truly deserve. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for all the kindness you have shown a stranger like myself. You are a true blessing to willingly and without recognition take time to be nice to me and my fellow wounded warriors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God Bless each and every one of you, your families, and congregations.” With a humble heart, - Brett Bell Page 9 Diocesan Magazine


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A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven By Jeannie Babb, T’13, The School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee

Once upon a time, young Episcopalians who expressed a call to holy orders were told to wait. The Church tended to favor more mature people who brought skills and life experience with them to seminary. Young aspirants were often instructed to go into another vocation or join the military before pursuing ordination. As a result, the age of Episcopal ordination has slowly increased to the current average of 44 years. Something different is happening at The School of Theology; bishops are sending more and more young seminarians. The number of single seminarians under age 30 has grown steadily from 4% in 2004, to 23% of students beginning seminary in 2012, and 33% matriculating in Advent 2013.

A Bishop’s Perspective The Rt. Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard, Bishop of Florida and Chancellor of the University of the South, says his Diocese actively seeks to recruit young people into the process as a means of shaping the Church at large. He explains, “If the church growth experts are correct, congregations begin to reflect their leadership in many ways, including age and generation. If the leadership is all over 50 or 60, you tend to have an older and older church.” Howard encourages young people to begin the discernment process, and steers them toward seminary rather than to other vocations. He hopes to correct a past tendency to exclude young people from seeking holy orders. The Diocese of Florida currently has six seminarians: a 40-something student at Virginia Theological Seminary, a 30-something student at Sewanee, and four seminarians in their 20s (two at Sewanee, one at Virginia, and one at General). Howard says, “Young seminarians bring a different energy and different life perspectives to the process.” To read the full article visit http://theology.sewanee.edu/pubs/

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Campus Ministries

A Spiritual Home Away from Home

UNF, FSU & UF University of North Florida

Football games, potluck dinners, tailgating and prayer? Yes! The Diocese of Florida supports active Campus Ministries at University of Florida; Florida State University, also encompassing Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College; and University of North Florida. These ministries provide an easy way for college Episcopalians to stop in after class, enjoy a meal and great fellowship, all while sharing the same beliefs in Christ. The Rev. Kyle Stillings, Chaplain of FSU’s Ruge Hall says, “Our goal is to provide a safe place for these students to explore their relationship with God while attending school, yet all are welcome to attend.”

University of Florida

Outreach Mission trips, multiple worship services throughout the week and the common thread of hanging out and home-cooked meals serve as a mainstay with each of the college ministries. “I encourage the students to be present with God, with themselves, with other students…what are their spiritual gifts, academic and leadership qualities?” says The Rev. Rich Clark, Chaplain of the EpiscoGators at UF’s Chapel of the Incarnation. The Campus Ministries also encourage students to lead services and vestries so they can continue to be active in the church after graduation.

Florida State University

The newest Campus Ministry founded in January, 2013 is UNF’s Ospreypalians, “Birds of Pray.” The Rev. Canon Wiley Ammons, Canon for Youth Ministries, encourages a multitude of activities including Coffee & Compline, group outings to Artwalk, multiple worship services and shared meals. When asked if there is a Campus Ministry competition between the schools, Fr. Rich Clark sums it up, “Different schools, same Jesus.”

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Outreach On the following pages we highlight several Diocesan Rural and Urban Outreach Ministries living God’s Word and helping those in need.

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” - The Lord’s Prayer

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church On the “Fourth Friday” of any month the pews of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Interlachen, are lined with loaves of bread. There is a warm security from the aroma in the sanctuary that transfers to the safety people feel from the benevolence of those who work and volunteer there. The Rev. Diane Reeves, Vicar of St. Andrew’s says, “God has blessed us in helping to reach out to people of West Putnam County because the need here is so enormous.” Over 450 families receive groceries and offered 20 social services including Domestic Violence Counseling or a Lion’s Club eye exam.

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Although the food is plentiful, people arrive hours early to stand in line for fear it will be gone. Mother Diane says, “My biggest thanks is the love and hugs I get for the help we are doing here.”

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“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.�

Mark 16:15

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“And He Wrapped Them Up In His Love” - Lay Missioner Sue Carmichael

St. Mary’s Mission Sue Carmichael, Lay Missioner, of St. Mary’s Mission leads a bible study group by saying, “We all come together through music.” Attendees request “Fly Like A Butterfly” a favorite song written by Sue, an accomplished musician. When the refrain is sung those who are troubled sing louder and freer, breaking out of their own cocoon. “You will fly, fly, fly like a butterfly, Gliding on wings of the wind, Never having to hide deep inside Your cocoon once again.” St. Mary’s Mission is located in historic Springfield. The Mission provides food, job counseling, and emergency funds to the area’s indigent and lowincome residents. Their Summer Sonshine Program is designed to help high-risk children maintain their scholastic skills. The children can forget their troubles as they “lay all their burdens down with such peace and joy they found.” Butterflies are free.

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“God calls us out to be in the world where people are” - The Rev. Beth Tjoflat

Church Without Walls The Rev. Beth Tjoflat and The Rev. Dn. Joe Mazza live God’s Word in the streets of Downtown Jacksonville, amongst the overlooked, the forgotten and rejected. Church Without Walls is the newest Outreach Ministry of the Diocese of Florida. Mother Beth and Deacon Joe started with Wednesday Morning Prayer outside the Clara White Mission. Crowds grew and Morning Prayer turned into a Sunday worship service, under a sycamore tree in the Diocesan house parking lot. Sunday attendance averages 49 people with 65-85% coming from shelters, the street and the rest housed. Mother Beth encourages congregations to get involved with the “Lunch Angels” program. Each Sunday new parishioners enjoy donated bagged lunches and cool water. As “Amazing Grace” was sung at a recent service the lyrics explained the soul of this ministry, “I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.” Diocesan Magazine Page 16


“A Transformative Ministry of The Forgotten” - Pastor Amanda Nickles

Grace Mission Grace Mission’s Pastor Amanda Nickles defines the ministry, “Grace Mission helps reach…the homeless, poor, underemployed, addicted, people with AIDS… whether through our feeding program, worship services, outreaches, after-school program, Bible Study…we try to extend “grace upon grace” to all people.” Grace Mission has been located in the poverty-stricken area of Tallahassee for almost 20 years. What they accomplish is staggering: 22,000+ volunteer hours per year, serving over 30,000 meals, hosting recovery groups, quarterly medical clinics, and so much more. There are no fees for services rendered and they are joyfully a worshipping community that gives back. Their latest initiative is the “One Campaign” where Grace Mission partners with 12 churches, one per month, that volunteer to help deliver and distribute wholesome, nutritional food to those in need at the Joe Louis Housing Project. Grace Mission has partnered with a number of agencies with the goal to grow this program throughout Tallahassee.

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“I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me” - Matthew 25:35

Community Health Outreach In 1988 The Rev. Tony Ferguson, Rector, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville founded WestJax Outreach, now trade named Community Health Outreach (CHO). Their mission is to fulfill Matthew 25: 35-36, “For I was hungry and you gave me food… I was sick and you took care of me.” Volunteers allocate food through “The Lord’s Pantry.” “Healing Hands” is a free clinic that offers medical primary care and emergency services. The “Baby Luv” center offers confidential pregnancy counseling and essential baby items. CHO has excitedly announced “The Apple Project” a building campaign for “Healing Hands Dental & Medical Ministry,” a new 6,000 square foot facility. The Weaver Family Foundation has agreed to provide $100,000 towards the cost of construction with a matching grant for community donations. The state of the art Outreach Center will be able to serve up to 15,000 individuals annually. Diocesan Magazine Page 18


PRISON MINISTRIES

Unleashing The Holy Spirit Behind Bars

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The Commission on Prison and Related Ministry in the Diocese of Florida helps serve over fifteen prison ministries all over the Diocese. The various ministries, including Holy Eucharist services, Kairos, Hope Connection and others, serve both those who are incarcerated as well as those who are no longer in prison, or those are affiliated with someone who is incarcerated. The ministry’s mission statement is: “To encourage, assist and equip the Church to respond to the pastoral and sacramental needs of the incarcerated, their families, ex-offenders, victims and those who work with the incarcerated, as directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit”. It is through the help of dedicated leaders, such as The Rev. Dr. Allison DeFoor, The Rev. John Owens, The Rev. Tom Beasley, The Rev. Sandy Tull, The Rev. Dn. Bill Carol, The Rev. Dn. Ben Clance, Bishop Keyser, and Bishop Howard that Prison Ministries is able to do such wonderful works. The ministry is able to achieve its vast outreach through the help of countless other volunteers and priests.

The ministry is able to achieve its vast outreach through the help of countless other volunteers and priests.

Donna Virnelson began volunteering alongside The Rev. Dr. Allison DeFoor at the Wakulla Correctional Institution two years ago, and has been back almost every Sunday since. Donna lives in Tallahassee and is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, but says she now spends most of her Sunday mornings with the men at the Wakulla Correctional Institute. Donna says that her experience worshiping with the inmates of Wakulla Correctional Institution has been a very rewarding one. “I expected to go in and try to help the men”, she explains, “but I was not expecting how much they were going to help me”. She and Father Allison are well respected among the inmates, and the men genuinely appreciate their consistent presence each Sunday for worship and interaction.

“They need those in the pews and in our parishes to welcome them into a new, supportive community in their new life.” The Rev. Dr. Allison DeFoor

Through Donna’s ongoing relationships with the inmates, several of the men requested Bibles and/or Prayer Books, and St. John’s has graciously provided them. The Bibles and Prayer Books are engraved with the men’s names, making it their very own. Additionally, the ladies of the altar guild at St. John’s became involved and provided a beautiful chalice made out of olive wood. In order to show their appreciation, men who are regular attendees of the services created numerous pieces of artwork using their various talents and presented them to Father Allison and Donna. They explained that they would like for their various works to be sold and that the proceeds be given to St. John’s to use in whatever ministry they see fit. These works will be showcased at the St. John’s Market Day during the silent auction event. All proceeds, including those of the inmate’s works from the Wakulla Correctional Institution, will go toward various ministries throughout St. John’s. It is instances such as these that show ministry work in action. Prison Ministry is a great reminder of the need that we all have for the presence of mercy and compassion in our lives. The formation of community in both worship and beyond is key. “These men and women need a sense of community within a parish after prison.” says Father Allison, “They need those in the pews and in our parishes to welcome them into a new, supportive community in their new life.” Diocesan Magazine Page 20


Education Advent Parish Day School, Tallahassee 18 months – 5 years old advent-church.org/advent_parish_day_school

Beaches Episcopal Day School, Jacksonville Beach Preschool – 6th grade beachesepiscopalschool.org

The Cathedral School, Jacksonville Infants – Pre_K 4

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Christ Episcopal Church Pre-School, Ponte Vedra Beach Preschool 2 ½ - 6 years old Christepiscopalchurch.org

Episcopal School of Jacksonville 6th grade – 12th grade esj.org

Grace Episcopal Day School, Orange Park Pre-K3 – 8th grade

Episcopal Schools

“Episcopal schools are unique in their missions, as the spiritual growth of all members of the community is woven into all areas of the educational experience. As faith based institutions, they are learning communities, where all are welcomed and valued,” says Cathy Hardage, Head of School, St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School. In the recent NAES, Principles for Good Practice for Equity and Justice in Episcopal Schools report, “Episcopal schools seek to thoughtfully balance their core identity as Christian institutions with an open and genuine hospitality that welcomes many voices and perspectives.” Schools in the Diocese are served, led and supported by a Board of Regents appointed by the Bishop. Ensuring program quality through accreditation; supporting the relationship among schools, their sponsoring parishes and the Diocese; and providing a structure for professional support; the Board also provides a plan-allowing faculty to fulfill state requirements for maintaining certification.

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Financial aid grants of well over two million dollars enable outreach to families needing financial assistance and response to current fiscal conditions.

Holy Comforter Episcopal School, Tallahassee Pre-K3 – 8th grade

“In my own career as an educator,” Hardage says, “I have served in three different Episcopal schools. Each has its own unique culture, but there is always a sense of coming home and completeness.”

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School, Jacksonville Pre-K1 – 6th grade stmarksdayschool.org

St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School, Gainesville Preschool stmichaelsgnv.org/smgnv/DaySchool.html

San Jose Episcopal Day School, Jacksonville Pre-K – 6th grade sjeds.org

Trinity Episcopal Parish, St. Augustine 2 year olds – Pre-K trinityepiscopalparish.org Page 21 Diocesan Magazine


Outstanding education in the Episcopal tradition is offered at eleven schools in the Diocese of Florida, serving approximately 4,000 students - infants through high school.

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Procession, Unified in Mission, has been The Episcopal Diocese of Florida’s 175th Anniversary theme. Special gatherings were held to commemorate this journey. The year started with an Inaugural Gala at Goodwood Museum & Gardens in Tallahassee. St. John’s Episcopal Church hosted The 170th Episcopal Diocese of Florida’s Annual Convention. Events included The Bishop’s Cross Awards and the Annual Business Meeting. Family Fun Day at Camp Weed consisted of food, games and entertainment. The day included awarding the first Bishop’s Star awards. “We hosted The Freedom Bus Tour to give young people of the Diocese a chance to journey where we have been and how it has formed who we are and what we will become” Bishop Howard remarked. This excursion studied Civil Rights struggles and churches that strengthened race relations. This Fall Bishop Howard hosted the Episcopal 2063 Youth Convocation, discussing the future of the Diocese and the Episcopal Church. Page 23 Diocesan Magazine


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The Rev. Carrie English

The Rev. Justin Yawn

The Rev. Kyle Stillings

The Rev. Raja Zabaneh

Resurrection Episcopal Church, Jacksonville

Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra Beach

Episcopal University Center at Ruge Hall, Florida State University

St. John’s Cathedral, Jacksonville

The Rev. Mike Snider

The Rev. Rich Clark

The Rev. Stephen Mazingo

The Rev. Tony Powell

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, St. Johns

Chapel of the Incarnation, University of Florida; St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Gainesville

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Fernandina Beach

Trinity Episcopal Church. Melrose

New Clergy

New clergy members, led by The Rev. Dr. Nancee Martin, Coordinator for the New Clergy Program, gathered monthly at Diocesan House, Camp Weed, Grace Mission, and the Chapel of the Resurrection in an effort to help them learn about and navigate the workings of our Diocese, put down roots, and find places of nurturance in Christ. We welcome these talented, faithful, gifted, Christ-loving priests!

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Looking Ahead Summer Camp 2014 It is not too early to think about Summer Camp. Registration is open! Camp Weed is an Episcopal camp for youth completing grades 2-11. Campers of all denominations are welcome to attend.

Cursillo #131 Cursillo is a three-day learning, sharing, and inspirational experience of living in a Christian community. Coming March, 2014 Men’s Cursillo - March 20-23 • Women’s Cursillo - March 27-30

Happening #127 Happening is a spiritual renewal weekend for high school aged young people. It is a weekend of fun, sharing and empowerment. The next Happening is taking place April 25 – 27, 2014.

Diocesan Homecoming at Camp Weed Everyone in the Diocese is invited to a special celebration May 2-3, 2014. Activities include family fun, entertainment and the annual Holy Smoke BBQ competition. Stay tuned for details.

For more information on all upcoming events, please visit diocesefl.org. Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter, DIO-LOGUE Diocesan Magazine Page 26


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CONVENTION 2014 171st Convention of The Episcopal Diocese of Florida January 24-25, 2014 • Jacksonville

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Please join us for The 171st Annual Convention of The Episcopal Diocese of Florida. The Opening Eucharist will occur on January 24th at St. John’s Cathedral. On January 25th the Business Meeting will take place at the Jacksonville Marriott. That evening the Gala, which is the concluding event of the 175th anniversary, will be held at Timuquana Country Club. Visit Convention.diocesefl.org for more details.

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