My Dear Siblings in Christ Jesus,
You will see from Fr. Keleawe’s message (click here to see message) that he has been appointed to serve as Vicar of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, Palolo, as of September 1st. This fulfills his vocational goal from the time of his discernment and preparation for ordination in the first class of Waiolaihuiʻia, the local Diocesan formation program. We can be grateful for the time Fr. Keleawe has been with us at the Cathedral.
This transition with Leohone’s retirement marks another change in our common life.
As you know, a Cathedral Music Committee (Paul Jackson, Kimo Kahoano, Anne Murphy, Andrew Sakaguchi, Stacy Shigemura, and the Vicars) are preparing a plan for music at the Cathedral, writing a position description for the Music Director, and developing a plan for the repair/refurbishment of the organ (including making arrangements should the organ be out of commission). They are looking to having a music staff person in place before the program year begins in September.
Regarding clergy leadership, I have named Mtr. Heather as the “Canon Residentiary and Provost” effective July 1st. This gives her the authority to act on my behalf as Bishop and serve the role of “Vice President” of Chapter. She and I are in conversation with two Priests of our Diocese about serving as part-time Associates to help with the liturgies and pastoral care.
It is an interesting time of change. As we are hopefully coming out of the Pandemic, we are still adapting as a system. Thanks to grants from the Diocese, the sound system is much improved. There is renewed energy to encourage cooperation and sharing among the Episcopal partners on Queen Emma Square. We still must decide on a practical worship schedule for the size of the congregation and the available personnel (volunteers and staff). There is still uncertainty about when the “Japanese Weddings” might return (and with them a significant source of income for the Cathedral). So, our common life is evolving.
I am confident in the resiliency and adaptability of you – God’s people. The Cathedral is on a solid financial footing despite the Pandemic. You have been understanding and generous, and I am grateful. We have learned to worship in-person and online. We continue to form Disciples and serve others.
So, as we say thank you to Fr. Keleawe for his time at the Cathedral and welcome Canon Heather into her new role, please remember to pray for your clergy and the Chapter.
Finally, thank you for your support of the Cathedral and stepping up to volunteer. It truly is making a difference in our common life.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick,
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi
& President of the Chapter, the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu