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Ninety-two educational scholarships, totaling $298,852.73 have been awarded to students in 40 Episcopal Church dioceses as well as seven Provinces of the Anglican Communion for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Within the Episcopal Church who serves as the chair of the Scholarship Committee, said that 130 applications were received and reviewed.

Margareth Crosnier de Bellaistre, Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society Director of Investment Management and Banking, explained that scholarships were available for ethnic communities, children of missionaries, bishops and clergy, and other particular wide-ranging eligibility for education and training.  “Funding for the program is derived from annual income of designated trust funds established by generous donors,” she said.

The number of students and dioceses are:

1 Alaska

1 Arkansas

1 Atlanta

1 California

2 Connecticut

1 Convocation of American Churches in Europe

2 Dominican Republic

1 Fond du Lac

1 Fort Worth

1 Georgia

2 Hawaii

1 Indianapolis

1 Lexington

2 Long Island

3 Los Angeles

2 Louisiana

3 Maryland

1 Massachusetts

1 Mississippi

1 Missouri

1 Nebraska

1 Nevada

2 New Hampshire

4 New Jersey

5 New York

1 Northern California

4 North Carolina

1 Northern Indiana

2 Olympia

2 Oregon

1 Puerto Rico

2 Rio Grande

1 Rhode Island

2 South Carolina

4 Southeast Florida

1 Southwest Florida

3 Texas

1 Vermont

1 West Virginia

1 Western Michigan

 

The number of students and Anglican provinces/dioceses are:

2 Anglican Church of Tanzania

5 DR Congo, Aru, Kivu, Bunia

1 Mozambique

11 Church of Sudan

2 Anglican Church of Kenya

1 China

1 Ghana

 

The lists of trust funds and scholarships as well as key information are here.   

Applications were carefully reviewed by subcommittees comprised of church leaders in a wide variety of ministry areas. Their recommendations then came to the Scholarship Committee, which includes Hunn, a selection of church leaders, and members of the Episcopal Church Center staff. 

For information about the next cycle of scholarships, contact Ann Hercules, Mission Budget & Finance Management Associate. 

The next cycle of Scholarships will be for the academic year 2018-2019 and will open in March 2018.

 

Ninety-two educational scholarships, totaling $298,852.73 have been awarded to students in 40 Episcopal Church dioceses as well as seven Provinces of the Anglican Communion for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn, Canon to the...

The deadline for applications has been extended to August 1 for the 2017-2018 United Thank Offering internship.

The purpose of the internship is to support the work of the United Thank Offering in addition to participating in the work of a local ministry.

More information, applications and instructions are available here

The 2017-2018 internship is offered in conjunction with MVNG, Inc. (Missional Voices), located in Houston, TX. Houston, the largest city in Texas, is home to several innovative ministries along with the offices of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Duties of the internship will include working with MVNG to assist with the development, organization, and marketing of the 2018 National Gathering (scheduled for April 19-21, 2018, in Indianapolis, IN) and other MVNG resources.

The intern will also be involved in the development of peer networking groups for innovative ministry practitioners (working in conjunction with United Thank Offering and Virginia Theological Seminary). In addition to the work with MVNG, the intern will attend United Thank Offering board meetings and speak at public events regarding work with United Thank Offering.

Applicants will need to be comfortable with public speaking, travel, and show a willingness to participate on a team.  Applicants will need to be proficient in Microsoft Office programs; collaboration software such as Slack, Google Drive, and Zoom; and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The internship includes housing, insurance, travel costs, a stipend and intentional mentoring and begins on September 1.

Application deadline is August 1.

The United Thank Offering is a ministry of the Episcopal Church to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church.

For more information contact the Rev. Heather Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering. 

 

 

The deadline for applications has been extended to August 1 for the 2017-2018 United Thank Offering internship. The purpose of the internship is to support the work of the United Thank Offering in addition to participating in the work of a local...

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Associate for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

In this new full-time position, the Associate for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care will be responsible for a wide range of primarily administrative tasks that are essential to the evangelism, reconciliation, justice and environmental stewardship ministries in the Episcopal Church, with a special emphasis on financial administration. The associate will work as a member of a collaborative pool of associates who handle a variety of administrative and programmatic tasks for these ministries.

The position is based in New York and runs from September 2017 through the end of December 2018, and reports to the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care.

More information and application instructions for this position are available here.

Deadline for applying is August 9.

For more information contact a member of the Episcopal Church Human Resources Team at hrm@episcopalchurch.org.

The Episcopal Church values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity and expression, or any other protected classification under Federal, State or Municipal law as well as the Canons of the Episcopal Church and resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention.  We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Associate for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. In this new full-time position, the Associate for Evangelism, Reconciliation...
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Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer Geoffrey Smith has announced the retirement of Richard Serota as Director of Information Technology at the Episcopal Church.

Serota joined the staff in 1990 and was named Director of Information Technology in 1995.

“My years with the DFMS have been by far the longest tenure during my almost half-century of employment in Information Technology,” Serota said. “Much more importantly, they have been the most enriching years by every measure —professional, personal, and spiritual.”

“Richard started the IT function at the Episcopal Church Center, building desktop computers the year before Senator Al Gore sponsored the High Performance Computing Act, which led to the internet,” Smith commented. “In his tenure, he has been responsible for or played a part in bringing to the DFMS every technological innovation we use today, and his legacy is an outstanding team of IT professionals who will carry on our work going forward.  We are deeply indebted to his efforts.”

Serota will retire on August 31. Until then he can be reached at rserota@episcopalchurch.org.

 

 

Applications are currently being accepted for the Episcopal Church Director of Information Technology, based in New York City. Application information is available here.

 

Deadline is August 28.

Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer Geoffrey Smith has announced the retirement of Richard Serota as Director of Information Technology at the Episcopal Church. Serota joined the staff in 1990 and was named Director of Information Technology...

Sixteen grants, totaling $123,910, have been awarded in the second round of grantmaking managed by the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Episcopal Church Executive Council at its June meeting.

Grants were awarded to:

  • Diocese of Delaware to begin a four-phase program of evaluating all churches in the diocese’s energy use and help with formation conversations around energy stewardship. This will be a model program for other dioceses:  $2,225.     
  • St. Michael’s and All Angels, Issaquah, WA (Diocese of Olympia), to fund rain garden with a year-long theological educational program on water.  Liturgical materials to be prepared for sharing with the wider church:  $10,000
  • Emmanuel Church, Newport, RI (Diocese of Rhode Island), to support hydroponic gardening with children; food to go to local pantry with important focus on developing meditation and worship materials to deepen reflection on God’s creation:  10,000.
  • St. John’s, Stamford, CT (Diocese of Connecticut), to fund a reforestation program with the Parish of the Good Samaritan in Grose Morne, Haiti and will include a video which will be used with the re-planting program and formation within the community:  $10,000.
  • Community of St. Brigid at the Church of Good Shepherd, St. Louis, MO (Diocese of Missouri).  Farm church program with strong focus on formation around justice, creation care and food security in a committed faith community. Educational materials to be shared:  $8,500.
  • Cultivate, The Episcopal Food Network, applied churchwide through the Diocese of New York.  Development of a website, congregational resources for gardening, and liturgical materials for broad distribution around the church:  $10,000.
  • Church of the Nativity, Raleigh, NC (Diocese of North Carolina), to support and develop low-carbon farming by building a network of interested stakeholders, hosting a farm summit. Program will include development of a white paper to cover theological and practical aspects of low-carbon farming to be distributed throughout the church:  $10,000.
  • Support for the initial work at Bellwether Farm (Diocese of Ohio) consisting of formation materials and other educational resources which would be models for other communities seeking to institute similar programs.   Bellwether Farm is the new diocesan camp, retreat, and education center that will feature a working, sustainable farm:  $10,000.
  • Support for the Rock Point Program (Diocese of Vermont) to develop bee pollinators in the area of an existing solar farm.  Includes a strong program to introduce people of faith and visitors to the concepts of creation care as well as a robust communication strategy which would be a model for other communities:  $10,000.
  • St. Columba Conference and Retreat Center, Memphis, TN (Diocese of West Tennessee).  This collaborative program between the Center and Thistle & Bee will develop and expand a bee pollinator program and educate visiting groups about the theological and practical need for supporting bee pollination:  $9,765.
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Jamestown. NY (Diocese of Western New York).  As part of a town-wide green event, the church will offer educational information and materials to the community about creation care as a theological effort and eco-justice advocacy as a faith-based initiative:  $3,000.7000
  • Kivalina Epiphany Church, Kivalina, AK (Diocese of Alaska).  Program to fund a pilgrimage from Kivalina to engage with Episcopalians in the Dioceses of Olympia, Oregon, and California. Through presentations at churches, home-stays and small group conversations, will build awareness of climate justice. This will be the beginning of developing relationships to foster a shared sense of mutuality and care for God’s creation.  Videos of presentations will be developed:  $8,000.
  • Catedral de San Pablo (Diocese of Colombia), to build a partition wall and plant native plants to alleviate pollution in the area around the Cathedral. Project will also include an educational and formation program on greenhouse gas emission engaging the local community and the cathedral’s congregation:  $4,250.
  • Grace Church, North Garden, VA (Diocese of Virginia), for a two-day conference entitled Exploring Bioregional Spirituality in the Rivanna River Watershed.  Papers and outcomes for learnings will be shared with the wider-church:  $8,000.
  • Diocese of California - This program will help fund a conference on Eco-justice: Safeguarding Climate, Food and Water to engage the diocese and larger community in the intersection of these issues; will provide support for honorarium and logistics for the conference:  $3,500.
  • Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Diocese of California). Grant funds to develop an intensive immersion class on climate justice and form a regional network to connect the students who are participants in the program:  $6,670.       

The Advisory Council was created by General Convention 2015, enabled by Resolution A030, and charged with the responsibility to develop a grant process to support local ecologically responsible stewardship of church-related properties and buildings.

Thirty-nine applications were received in this round. Applicants whose requests were not funded are eligible to revise and re-submit their requests in the third round of funding, which is open now.

Further information regarding this grant process and how to submit an application is available here.

Members of the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation are: Bishop Marc Andrus, Co-Chair, Diocese of California; the Rev. Stephanie Johnson, Co-Chair, Diocese of Connecticut; Paul Anton, Diocese of Minnesota; the Rev. Jerry Cappel, Diocese of Kentucky; the Rev. Patrick Funston, Diocese of Kansas; the Rev. Luis Alberto Garcia Correa, Diocese of  Dominican Republic; the Rev. Esther Georges, Diocese of the Virgin Islands; Julia Harris, Diocese of Oklahoma and Liaison of Executive Council; Perry Hodgkins Jones, Diocese of Atlanta; the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Diocese of Delaware; the Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Diocese of Western Michigan; Kelly Phelan, Diocese of Los Angeles; Peter Sergienko, Diocese of Oregon; Dr. Andrew Thompson, Diocese of  East Tennessee; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ex Officio; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, Ex Officio; the Rev. Melanie Mullen, staff liaison    

 

Sixteen grants, totaling $123,910, have been awarded in the second round of grantmaking managed by the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Episcopal Church Executive Council at its June meeting. Grants were awarded...

EYE17 – the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event -- will welcome more than 1300 youth, adult mentors, workshop leaders, speakers and volunteers from across the Episcopal Church to Oklahoma City, OK.

Bronwyn Clark Skov, Director for Formation, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries, explained that EYE 2017 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 academic year and their adult leaders.

Media are invited to a July 11 media conference and the July 12 youth visit to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

Please note the following:
 

  • EYE17 is being held in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma July 10-14 on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond. 

 

  • The theme of EYE17 is Path to Peace is grounded in the Beatitudes as found in Matthew’s Gospel and is intended to serve as a call for participants to focus on peacemaking and the ways each member of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement can pursue a path to peace.

 

  • An outline of the EYE17 schedule is here.

 

  • A media conference has been slated for Tuesday, July 11 at 11:30 am Central at the Hamilton Field House at the University of Central Oklahoma. Participants will be Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings; and Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma Bishop Edward J. Konieczny.

 

  • On Wednesday, July 12, EYE17 will visit Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum with an 8:30 pm Candlelight Vigil at the Memorial.

 

  • #EYE17

 

  • #PathToPeace

 

  • EYE traditionally draws hundreds of youth from throughout the Episcopal Church. EYE 2017 marks the 13th EYE and remains a popular and well-attended event.

 

For more information media should contact

 

  • Nicole Baxley, Communications Director, Diocese of Oklahoma, nbaxley@epiok.org, 405-232-4820

 

 

Previous information:

 

 

 

 

EYE17 – the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event -- will welcome more than 1300 youth, adult mentors, workshop leaders, speakers and volunteers from across the Episcopal Church to Oklahoma City, OK. Bronwyn Clark Skov, Director for Formation, Youth, and...
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Douglas K. Anning Esq. of Kansas City, MO, has been named Episcopal Church Acting Chief Legal Officer, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. The appointment was made by the Episcopal Church Executive Council following the joint nomination by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings.

"Doug Anning is an answer to prayer,” commented Presiding Bishop Curry. “He brings all of the skill and wisdom of an attorney of wide experience and great stature. But more than that, he brings the heart of a servant, and a spirit that truly seeks to follow and live the way of Jesus. It is a real joy to announce his election and to welcome his arrival."

“We’ve long needed a chief legal officer who could manage the comprehensive, long-term legal requirements of the churchwide governance structure and keep Executive Council, our governing board, informed,” said Jennings. “Doug Anning is a smart, faithful, experienced lawyer and lifelong Episcopalian, and I can’t think of anyone better to fill this essential, exciting new role. I am delighted to have the chance to work with him.”

As acting chief legal officer, Anning will function as general counsel and be responsible for assuring the reliable and timely provision of high quality legal advice and services to Executive Council, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, the Presiding Bishop, the President of the House of Deputies and the Executive Officer of the General Convention.

The position of chief legal officer is new and was created by General Convention in 2015 as part of its response to proposals from TREC (The Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church) to restructure Executive Council. The legal needs of the churchwide structure have previously been provided by staff lawyers, the Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop, the Chancellor to the President of the House of Deputies and outside law firms. In his new role, Anning will supervise staff lawyers, work closely with the two chancellors, and retain outside counsel as needed. His full job description is available here.

The acting chief legal officer reports to, and is accountable to, the Presiding Bishop and will serve as a senior member of the Presiding Bishop’s leadership team. The acting chief legal officer will also report to Executive Council at each of its meetings.

"Today's society calls for responsible conduct as well as theological and spiritual integrity from our religious institutions,” Anning said. “I have long held a deep love and reverence for both the Episcopal Church and the law, and I look forward to combining these passions with the wisdom and dedication of Presiding Bishop Curry and President Jennings and other leaders of the church as we work together to move into our future."

Anning begins his duties on July 5.  He can be contacted at danning@episcopalchurch.org.

Meet Douglas K. Anning, Esq.

Anning is Vice-Chair, Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice Group for Polsinelli PC, in Kansas City, MO.

He boasts extensive legal experience working with non-profits, tax-exempt entities, large university academic medical systems, hospital and healthcare systems, government affairs and public policy, and religious organizations and churches.  He has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Law at the University Of Missouri School Of Law, the University Of Kansas School Of Law, and the University of Kansas School of Health Policy and Management.

Among his many awards and honors, he was recognized as the 2017 Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Kansas City.

In the Episcopal Church, Anning is a lifelong communicant at St. Michael and All Angels in Mission, Kansas.  He served as treasurer and member of the Diocesan Council of Trustees at the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. Anning worked with diocesan leadership in the creation of the Kemper School for Ministry for Deacons and Priests in coordination with three neighboring Episcopal dioceses. 

He holds both a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas.

Nominating Advisory Committee

At the June 2017 Executive Council Meeting, Executive Council approved a resolution naming Anning as Acting Chief Legal Officer through August 31, 2018, which follows the next General Convention.

According to Canon I.4.2(h): Upon joint nomination by the Chair (Presiding Bishop) and the Vice-Chair (President of the House of Deputies), the (Executive) Council shall appoint a Chief Legal Officer who shall function as general counsel and serve at the pleasure of, and report and be accountable to, the Chair.

Resumes were reviewed by a Chief Legal Officer Nominating Advisory Committee that was comprised of lawyers who are Episcopalians and chancellors of Episcopal Dioceses including: Nancy Mahoney Cohen, chancellor, Diocese of El Camino Real; G. William Haas, Diocese of New York and a member of the Joint Audit Committee of the Executive Council; Christopher J. Hayes, chancellor, Diocese of California; George Wade, chancellor, Diocese of New York.

 

Douglas K. Anning Esq. of Kansas City, MO, has been named Episcopal Church Acting Chief Legal Officer, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. The appointment was made by the Episcopal Church Executive Council following the joint nomination by...

Today, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, has placed a "Partial Restriction on the Ministry of a Bishop" on the Rt. Rev. Jon Bruno of the Diocese of Los Angeles.

Signed by the Presiding Bishop, the Partial Restriction is effective immediately and is a temporary measure only, to protect the integrity of the Church's disciplinary process, until it is concluded. This partial and temporary restriction does not “express any opinion about the merits of the pending Title IV proceeding.”

The text of the Partial Restriction follows:

 

Partial Restriction on the Ministry of a Bishop

 

In recent days, I have learned of actions that, in my view, may threaten the good order and welfare of the Church.  I have learned that, earlier this year, the Rt. Rev. Jon Bruno, Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, entered into a contract for sale of property (the “St. James property”) that is central to a disciplinary matter now pending under Title IV of the Canons of The Episcopal Church, in which Bishop Bruno is the Respondent. According to Bishop Bruno’s submissions in that disciplinary matter, the contract for sale of the St. James property sets the closing date as July 3, 2017. 

Bishop Bruno’s actions and intentions regarding an earlier attempted sale of the St. James property are currently under review in the pending disciplinary matter. I am deeply concerned that his act of entering into a new contract for sale of the same property, while his approach to the earlier sale is still under review, has the potential to undermine the integrity of the Church’s disciplinary process. The secrecy with which the recent sales contract was undertaken adds to the potential for undermining the integrity of the Church’s disciplinary process.

Accordingly, in order to protect the integrity of the Church’s disciplinary process and, thereby, the good order and welfare of the Church, and pursuant to Canons IV.7(3), (4), and IV.17(2), I hereby place the following partial restriction on the exercise of his ministry until the pending Title IV matter has been finally resolved: 

 

During the period of the restriction, the Bishop, acting individually, or as Bishop Diocesan, or as Corporate Sole, or in any other capacity, is forbidden from closing on the sale of the St. James property, or otherwise selling or conveying the property or contracting to sell the property, or, in any way assisting in the sale or conveyance of the property.

 

This restriction is effective immediately. Nothing in this restriction is intended to express any opinion about the merits of the pending Title IV proceeding.

This document shall be served upon Bishop Bruno today and shall inform him of his right to have any objections to this restriction heard pursuant to Canon IV.7. 

 

(The Most Rev.) Michael Bruce Curry

XXVII Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

 

Today, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, has placed a "Partial Restriction on the Ministry of a Bishop" on the Rt. Rev. Jon Bruno of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Signed by the Presiding Bishop, the...

Applications are being accepted for the 2017-2018 United Thank Offering internship.

The purpose of the internship is to support the work of the United Thank Offering in addition to participating in the work of a local ministry.

More information, applications and instructions are available here

The 2017-2018 internship is offered in conjunction with MVNG, Inc. (Missional Voices), located in Houston, TX. Houston, the largest city in Texas, is home to several innovative ministries along with the offices of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Duties of the internship will include working with MVNG to assist with the development, organization, and marketing of the 2018 National Gathering (scheduled for April 19-21, 2018, in Indianapolis, IN) and other MVNG resources.

“The United Thank Offering has been around for more than 125 years, and continues to look to the future, and we’re excited to partner with them,” said the Rev. Alan Bentrup, co-founder of Missional Voices and a priest in the Diocese of Texas. “This internship will allow Missional Voices to help build on our core values of innovation and connection among people on the front lines of creativity in mission.”

The intern will also be involved in the development of peer networking groups for innovative ministry practitioners (working in conjunction with United Thank Offering and Virginia Theological Seminary). In addition to the work with MVNG, the intern will attend United Thank Offering board meetings and speak at public events regarding work with United Thank Offering.

Applicants will need to be comfortable with public speaking, travel, and show a willingness to participate on a team.  Applicants will need to be proficient in Microsoft Office programs; collaboration software such as Slack, Google Drive, and Zoom; and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The internship includes housing, insurance, travel costs, a stipend and intentional mentoring and begins on September 1.

Applications are due July 10.

The United Thank Offering is a ministry of the Episcopal Church to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church.

For more information contact the Rev. Heather Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering. 

  

Applications are being accepted for the 2017-2018 United Thank Offering internship. The purpose of the internship is to support the work of the United Thank Offering in addition to participating in the work of a local ministry. More information,...
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At its recent meeting in June in Port-au-Prince, the Haiti Partnership Committee took steps that enables progress on three projects: Holy Trinity Cathedral Complex, St. Barnabas Agricultural College, and St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children. 

The Haiti Partnership Committee was established in 2016 through a memorandum of understanding between the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Haiti, and is charged with assisting in the three projects. The group first met in February 2017. The Haiti Partnership Committee is comprised of a team of four members appointed by the Diocesan Bishop of Haiti and four members appointed by the Presiding Bishop. The work of the Haiti Partnership Committee continues as the diocese prepares to call its next bishop.

The Haiti Partnership Committee reports on the following actions:

 

  • The Haiti Partnership Committee voted to name the current Board of St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children as the Project Committee for that work and to continue the development and fundraising for that work. The St. Vincent’s Board is chaired by William S. Craddock and has been moving forward on the relocation to a new site and facility.  The St. Vincent’s Board acquired a new property, renovated an existing house to meet student needs, and is planning other buildings on the site.  Bishop Mark Bourlakas of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia will serve on the St. Vincent’s Board and provide a liaison to The Haiti Partnership Committee.

 

  • The St. Barnabas Agricultural College in Terrier Rouge, established in partnership with the Presbyterian Church USA, is currently seeking a new director and has begun to develop programs for new projects.  St. Barnabas also looks to expand the school through reconstruction, reorganization with a board of directors, and in concert with the Project Committee of the Haiti Partnership.

           

  • The Holy Trinity Cathedral Complex work is focused on a new cathedral to replace the one destroyed in 2010 earthquake and the temporary structure currently in place. The Haiti Partnership Committee is in the process of identifying persons to serve on the project committee.  The Haiti Partnership Committee will also meet with the project architects to reduce the cost estimates and move forward on construction drawings.  A design for the new structure was accepted in 2013.

 

For more information contact the Rev. Canon Rosemari Sullivan, sullivanreg@gmail.com.

Members of the Haiti Partnership Committee are: the Rev. Pierre Gasner Damus (Co-Chair), Long Island; the Rev. Canon Rosemari Sullivan (Co-Chair), Virginia; the Rev. Roldano Auguste, Haiti; Dr. Marise Bayard-Mc Neeley, New York; Bishop Mark Bourlakas, Southwestern Virginia; the Rev. Yvan Francois, Haiti; the Rev.  MacDonald Jean, Haiti; Bill Robison, Milwaukee; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry (Ex Officio); the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies (Ex Officio).        

 

At its recent meeting in June in Port-au-Prince, the Haiti Partnership Committee took steps that enables progress on three projects: Holy Trinity Cathedral Complex, St. Barnabas Agricultural College, and St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped...