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Seven to be Ordained to the Vocational Diaconate June 11
All of the following candidates have demonstrated servant ministries outside their local parish that both affirm a servant’s heart and a calling to a diaconal ministry. Each has completed a two-year process of instruction, under the direction of Canon Mike Malone, to prepare them for this ministry. The course of study involved meeting together one Saturday a month for instruction from invited priests and deacons of the Diocese. Each comes with his or her own unique spiritual journey and consequent gifts for ministry.
James A. Cato (Jim), a member of the Parish Church of St. Helena, Beaufort, retired in 2008 after 39 years as a journalist -- 28 years at The Beaufort Gazette where he served as editor, publisher and editorial page editor. Jim has been involved in various ministries and missions including Kairos (prison ministry), intercessory prayer team, and visiting shut-ins, residents in assisted living homes and hospitals and nursing homes, the parish’s 37-year-old community Thanksgiving Day Dinner and Service. Since 2004, he has served on missions to Asia (the unreached people groups), the Dominican Republic and Uganda. Jim feels called to many ministries/missions, but his passion is to the unreached people of the world -- especially Asia. He is a U.S. Army veteran, a graduate of the Defense Language Institute and the University of South Carolina. He served in Vietnam in 1968. He has been married to Susan for 46 years. They have three children and two grandchildren.
“It’s About Relationships” New Wineskins, International Visitors, Diocese Pursues Partnerships
What is the impetus behind this movement?
In part it’s driven by Bishop Mark Lawrence’s vision to “Make Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age,” and his challenge for our Diocese to pursue mutually enriching missional relationships which help shape emerging Anglicanism in the 21st century.
“It’s about relationships,” said the Rev. Bob Lawrence, Chair of the Diocese’s Anglican Communion Development (ACD) Committee. “These experiences give us an opportunity to know people face-to-face, person-to-person. It’s not just another Diocese, it’s Geison and Rose or Elias and Grant. We share a common faith in Jesus Christ and together we’re living that out day to day in an Anglican context.”
Bishop Lawrence's Address to the 225th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina
Bishop’s Address to the 225th Annual Diocesan Convention
Delivered by the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence XIV Bishop of South Carolina, at the Cross Schools Campus, Church of the Cross, Bluffton, SC on March 12, 2016. Note this printed version may vary some from the audio version. Download a printable version. Listen to the address.
“Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19)
A fascinating study for a student of the Bible is to compare the different narratives of St. Paul’s conversion. It is told four times in the New Testament—thrice in The Book of Acts and once in the apostle’s Letter to the Galatians. In the verse I’ve cited above St. Paul describes his experience to King Agrippa. He also recalls the words the Risen Lord used to commission him—including the call to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. Earlier in the Acts of the Apostles Paul tells a hostile Jewish crowd that as he was praying in the Temple in Jerusalem that he fell into a trance and saw Jesus saying to him: “Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.” Even earlier in Acts 9 Ananias is instructed by the Lord to go pray for Paul who is in prayer, fasting on a street called Straight. When Ananias hesitates because of Paul’s reputation of persecuting Christians, God tells him: “Go, for he [Paul] is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”
Reports and Audio/Video Files from the 225th Diocesan Convention
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Diocese Moves Forward “Making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age”
225th Convention Reflects on Positives; Considers Anglican Affiliation with ACNA
The 225th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina, hosted by the Church of the Cross in Bluffton, SC, March 11-12, 2016 highlighted progress the Diocese made in recent years toward “Making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age,” the vision cast by Bishop Mark Lawrence in 2009 during the first Convention after his election.
“I thought the convention was fantastic,” said the Rev. Shay Gaillard, Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Charleston. “We had such a sense of unity and excitement. Bishop Lawrence’s address really helped us see what we have accomplished and the things going on in the parishes were an incredible encouragement.”
Over 400 clergy, lay delegates and guests from 53 churches, representing 23,000 members across the southern and coastal part of the state came together for the Bluffton event.