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The Rev. Bill LantzThe Reverend Frederick William "Bill" Lantz, 75, of Mount Pleasant, SC, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016. His funeral will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Christ Church Mount Pleasant, 2304 Highway 17 North at 2:00 p.m. The family will host a reception following the service at the church.

Bill was born August 7, 1940 in Quantico, VA, son of the late Colonel William Frederick Lantz and the late Catharine Syndonia Manwaring Lantz. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1963, then from General Theological Seminary in New York with a Master of Divinity in 1968. Bill served in ministry in Georgia, Charlotte, NC, Virginia, New Jersey, and most recently in Mount Pleasant, SC. He was always active within his church community, Life Groups, Meals on Wheels and Stephen Ministries. PawPaw loved spending time with his family, especially quality time with his grandchildren. He was sociable, fun-loving, kind, and especially creative with his gardens. Bill never met a stranger.

He is survived by his son, David William (Laura) Lantz; and their children, Bella Grace, Chase William and Schuyler Josephine, Amber Marie, and Hailey Nicole, all of Sullivan's Island; his daughter, Jennifer (Brent) Bagwell; and their children, Emma Catharine and Hannah Elizabeth, all of Mount Pleasant; his sister, Carolyn Packard of Framingham, MA; as well as three nieces and several great nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his beloved uncle and aunt, James M. Manwaring and Marian A. Manwaring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Church Mount Pleasant, 2304 Highway 17 North, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466; Church of the Holy Cross, 2520 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482; or to Bishop Gadsden, One Bishop Gadsden Way, Charleston, SC 29412.

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The Department of Youth Ministries is seeking high school students interested in applying to serve for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Our Youth Commission is comprised of cheerful servants who demonstrate spiritual maturity and leadership gifts and desire to develop skills while serving our Lord. This leadership group serves on youth events as well as at Diocesan Convention each year. Their role in events includes leading small groups, sharing testimonies, leading activities, and providing behind the scenes support.  They are a vital part of our ministries! Serving on Youth Commission involves a commitment to several weekend events as well as two training days. Students are expected to serve in a leadership capacity in their church as well.

My experience on Youth Commission has been one of the most challenging, most rewarding, most incredible experiences ever!  ~Ann Claire Gaillard (Church of the Good Shepherd)
I believe we were called to serve as the fruit of our belief and with Youth Commission we are given a safe place to serve and grow together to help further the gospel. ~ Breezy Rothermel (St. James Church)

The Standing Committee and Commission on Ministry have approved the next class of candidates for ordination to the Vocational Diaconate. The ordination service will be held at 11 a.m. on June 11, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston.  All are welcome to this joyous occasion. Clergy are to wear red stoles. A reception will follow.

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.


Jim CatoJim Cato

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.

Diocese of SC participants at New Wineskins 2016In early April, 2016, more than 100 parishioners and clergy from the Diocese of South Carolina attended the New Wineskins missions conference in Ridgecrest, NC., where they not only learned about missions but connected with Anglican missionaries from around the world. Just prior to and immediately after New Wineskins the Diocese hosted numerous visiting Anglican Bishops and leaders who spoke in Diocesan churches. On April 11, the Cathedral hosted “Voices of the Anglican Communion: a Gathering of Friends from Africa and South America” where 10 Bishops and Anglican leaders from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Bolivia, Brazil, and Chile spoke about the ongoing ministries in their own countries.
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.”

voices ang commA Gathering of Friends from Africa and South America, April 11

On Monday April 11 at 6 p.m. the Diocese will host an event at the Cathedral in Charleston where a number of honored guests from Africa and South America will speak about their work. A soup reception will follow. No reservations needed. All are encouraged to join us for this unprecedented gathering. Download the poster.

  • •    Bishop Rob Martin, Diocese of Marsabit, Anglican Church of Kenya
    •    Rose Kanyunyuzi, head of the Go Project in Uganda
    •    Bishop Joseph Abura, Diocese of Karamoja, Anglican Church of Uganda
    •    The Rev. Raymond Bukenya, the Diocese of Karamoja, Anglican Church of Uganda
    •    Bishop George Kasangaki, Diocese of Masindi-Kitara, Anglican Church of Uganda  
    •    The Rev. Paul Ssembiro, recent past Provincial Coordinator for Mission and Evangelism in Uganda, and the present Country Team Leader of African Enterprises
    •    Bishop Elias Chakupewa, Diocese of Tabora, Anglican Church of Tanzania
    •    Bishop Rafael Samuel is the Bishop of Boliva
    •    The Rev. Geison Vasconcellos, Diocese of Recife, Brazil
    •    Bishop Nelson Ojeda, Auxiliary Bishop of Chile


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