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Bishop of Bolivia in SC December 5-21 PDF Print E-mail

Bishop Raphael Samuel, Bishop of Bolivia in SC December 5-21

The Right Rev. Raphael Samuel, Bishop of Bolivia, and his wife, Michelle, will be visiting our diocese from December 5 through Dec 21.  Bishop Samuel has served in Bolivia for almost 20 years as an Anglican missionary from Singapore, appointed by Archbishop Moses Tay.

+Raphael is presenting his vision for the Diocese of Bolivia, which includes schools and theological training for clergy.  He hopes to expand the work of mission in Bolivia, which is in essence a missionary diocese in the Province of South America.  The Province of South America has come out of the old Province of the Southern Cone.

Bolivia is a country of great need, both spiritual and financial, and churches are not encouraged by the ruling powers.  There is a great need for people to work alongside the churches in the Diocese.  The churches of the Diocese are involved in mission, from caring for children from the markets to caring for the children of workers who are absent all week. Some churches try to help homeless and others try to find medical help for those in need.

Unfortunately, in Bolivia, the laborers are few.  Bishop Samuel is trying to change that.  It is his vision for the Diocese of Bolivia, its people and its churches, that Bishop Samuel will be presenting to the churches in our Diocese.

Bishop Samuel will be in the Florence Deanery from the December 5-9.  He will preach at Holy Comforter in Sumter on December 7, and will speak at an evening meeting at St. John’s, Florence, on December 8.  Everyone who has an interest in missions is invited to one of the sessions.  December 10-11, he will be speaking in the Pawley’s Island/Myrtle Beach area.  On Saturday, December 13 he will be going to Charleston and speaking at St. John’s, John’s Island on both Saturday and Sunday.  His last scheduled meeting, at this time, is on Monday, with Bishop Lawrence and others..

If you are interested in having Bishop Samuel as a speaker or preacher, please contact either Fr. Jim Blanton, at 803-487-6770, ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Fr. Bob Lawrence at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or(843) 768-0429.

Bishop Samuel and Michelle are here as guests of the Diocese of South Carolina and Adelante Bolivia, Inc.  Adelante Bolivia is a 501c3 corporation founded in 2012 by missionaries who have a heart for Bolivia.  Fr. Blanton, Fr. Marcus Kaiser, Bishop Samuel, and Bishop Frank Lyons serve as the current Board of Directors.  All funds go directly to missions in the Diocese of Bolivia.
Diocesan Periodical Club Ingathering, September 28 PDF Print E-mail

Diocesan Periodical Club BookmarkA Message from Vicki Sheedy, DPC Chair:

I have the privilege of serving as chairman of the Diocesan Periodical Club (DPC) and want to remind everyone who we are, what we do and why we need your support. The DPC’s purpose is to spread the printed word of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We send money to seminarians to help purchase text books, purchase children’s books through our Miles of Pennies fund and buy prayer books, Bibles, and other teaching tools for missions that are supported by our Diocese.

This year Diocesan Women’s Ministries are encouraging churches to collect money for the DPC on Sunday, September 28. Download the DPC Sunday Bulletin Insert. The DPC is an organization in the Church dedicated solely to providing printed materials throughout the Anglican Communion to those who request help and cannot otherwise obtain it.

Recently DPC funds purchased:

 A case of Bibles for elderly ministry at St. John’s Chapel

 Pew Bibles for Citadel Cadets

 Teen Bibles for York Place

 Christian Children’s Books for the LAMB Institute in Honduras

 Prayer Books for ministry in the Dominican Republic

 Prayer Books for St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center

 Hymnals and Prayer Books for two church plants

 Text books for seminarians

Bishop Lawrence Calls for Fasting and Praying for the Persecuted Church September 14-15 PDF Print E-mail
September 4, 2014

Diocesan-Wide Prayer for the Persecuted Church: September 14-15


Dear Friends in Christ,

Many of us have been following with alarm the persecution of Christians in various countries of the Middle East and Africa. Concern has been expressed within our diocese by priests and laity of the need for us to have a diocesan response to this current crisis. 

Church of the Holy SepulchreAt our Diocesan Council Meeting last week all concurred that as Bishop I would appoint an upcoming Sunday to be set aside for specific prayer and intercession for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in the midst of this persecution as well as a day for fasting on their behalf.  I have appointed September 14th as a Sunday for such diocesan wide intercession.  It is the Sunday nearest to Holy Cross Day which is transferred this year to be observed on Monday, September 15th

Although it is technically a “feast” day, I am suggesting that we use Holy Cross Day,  Monday, September 15th as a called fast day for personal and corporate self-denial and intercession whether corporately or individually observed depending upon the constraints of parish and personal schedules.  I believe there is virtue in many within the diocese banding together in prayer, self-denial and offering in solidarity with fellow Christians around the world. 
Global South Welcomes Diocese of South Carolina PDF Print E-mail
August 21, 2014

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus

As you will recall the 223rd Diocesan Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina meeting at Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant on March 14-15, 2014 unanimously accepted the offer of the Global South Primates Steering Committee for Provisional Primatial Oversight. 

Now this morning we receive with gratitude this letter from the Global South Primatial Steering Committee.  It is their acceptance of our request for this gracious relationship.  I trust you will be heartened as I have been by their welcome of us “… as an active and faithful member within the Global South of the Anglican Communion, until such time as a permanent primatial affiliation can be found.”  It is my joy to share it with you.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

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The Right Reverend Mark Joseph Lawrence
XIV Bishop of South Carolina
Trial Ends: Highlights from the Trial of the Diocese of SC vs. TEC and TECSC PDF Print E-mail
Plaintiff attorneys prepareBy Joy Hunter, Diocesan Communications Director and Jan S. Pringle, Public Relations Consultant

The three-week trial of the Diocese of South Carolina vs. The Episcopal Church (TEC) and The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) ended July 25, with Judge Diane S. Goodstein, who presided, telling the parties what she wanted from them to assist in her deliberations.

Attorneys representing the Diocese, the Trustees and the Diocesan churches were given 30 days to create a three-page document describing the testimony given in court which explained the procedures they followed to legally separate from TEC, (such as amending their by-laws, giving notice of meetings, properly taking votes,  etc.) They were then to send those documents to the Court and to TEC and TECSC whose attorneys will have 30 days to respond in a similar fashion.

In essence, the judge’s last words reiterated what she said throughout the trial: The case will be decided on neutral principles of law, which means that the judge must apply the law to this case as it would any other – making no adjustments because it involves a religious organization. TEC and TECSC have opposed the application of neutral principles; essentially arguing that the judge should defer to their view on the issues since they are a religious organization.
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