The Cathedral Ohana has two candidates for Reaffirmation, who have been through the Catechumanate process since January (Ann Reimers and Eve Morley). This is a big step for them. While they were previously baptized and confirmed, Reaffirmation allows them to sacramentally re-state their commitment to Christ in The Episcopal Church. Reaffirmation is not a rite that notes some fuller initiation into the Church, the Body of Christ, but it allows us to honor our growth in faith throughout our adult spiritual journey. If any are interested in this process next year, please talk to your clergy, including the Rev. Dan Benedict, or John Condrey.
The Dean and I will be offering a series on the Fundamentals of the Faith on three consecutive Wednesday nights, starting April 29th, from 6:15 to 7:30 pm. (April 29th,May 6th, and May 13th). If we have other members who might want to be Confirmed, Reaffirmed, or Received into the Episcopal Church from another denomination, please contact the Rev. Susan Sowers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Pa`akai a Malamalama” (Salt and Light) Reflections from the Dean – Eastertide Pilgrimage
First, I want to thank everyone who participated in our Holy Week and Easter services. Everything was glorious! The Cathedral looked beautiful; the music was sublime; and the worship was holy and moving. I also wish to thank the Bishop, Mother Susan, Canon Renke, the Choirs, Judy Masuda, Rev. Dan and Mary O Benedict, Stacy Shigemura, and the dozens of volunteers who worked to make our Cathedral shine in every facet of our common life. I am especially grateful for everyone’s help as I was struggling with illness and others had to step up.
As I continue to recover, I am preparing to depart for the annual Conference of North American Deans. This year it is a little longer because of the location and context. At the invitation of the Dean of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem, The Very Rev. Hosam Naoum, we Deans of Canada and the USA will be in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and Palestine from April 15th to the 23rd. We shall be staying at St. George’s College. This is where Deacon Honey Becker is serving and also where Susan Lukens just returned after serving there for 6 months.
The Conference will begin with Holy Eucharist, and then we begin a series of theological and historical presentations. Our first 3 days will be spent seeing and reflecting on significant sites of Jesus’ ministry and the early Church in Jerusalem and beyond. The remainder of our time will be based at St. George’s and will include presentations and discussions.
I ask you to pray for me and my fellow Deans on our pilgrimage, as I shall be praying for all of you.
Mahalo Nui Loa
Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015
In this week’s Cathedral Life 3-26-15, read the Dean’s Reflection, “In the Fullness of Time: Holy Week at The Cathedral of St. Andrew” as well as “Next to Godliness” — A new ministry bringing toiletries to those in need, and much more . . . .
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015
Click here to read the next full issue of Cathedral Life 3-19-15.
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015
“Pa’akai a Malamalama” (Salt and Light)
Reflections From the Dean
The Starbridge Novels and Pilgrimage of Spiritual Awareness
Beloved in Christ:
Lent is a season for the spirit – as Martin Smith would say. It is a season of self-denial, self- reflection and self-examination. These disciplines should lead to greater self-awareness and conversion. The Dean’s Book Club has started a journey that I invite you to participate in-regardless of whether you can join us on Wednesdays at 9:30 in my office. This journey is reading The Starbridge novels by Susan Howatch. The first book which we finished this past week has offered our book group the opportunity to explore the themes of Lent and the Christian life in a literary, historical, and entertaining context.
Click here to read the rest of the Dean’s article and the entire issue: Cathedral Life 3-12-15
Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015