Ka‘Oihana Poni no‘ola‘ao ke Kiakona
Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick ordained six people to the Transitional Dioconate at the Cathedral on Saturday, June 9. The six are Jasmine Hanakaulani Bostock, Christopher Mark Bridges, Alison Donohue, Ha‘aheo Lou Ann Guanson, Mark Kekaileonui Edward Haworth, and Neil Preston Lentz. The Transitional Diaconate is a period of at least six months during which the deacon gains practical experience under the guidance of a priest before being fully ordained to the priesthood.
Bishop Fitzpatrick was the celebrant. The Rev. Diana Akiyama, dean of Waiaolaihui‘ia and Vicar of St. Augustine’s Kapa‘au gave the sermon, and the Ven. Steve Costa, Archdeacon, assisted. The service was conducted in both English and Hawaiian. Todd Beckham, Music Director and organist at the Cathedral presented the music, with a choir including voices from the presenting congregations.
Following are some photos from the ceremony.
Two of the new transitional deacons were sponsored by the Cathedral:
- Chris Bridges, who lives just across the street in Capitol Place with his husband Richard Harris, has been a very active member of the Cathedral. He was our Junior Warden in 2013-14, and the Cathedral provided a stipend to support him during his three years at the Episcopal seminary in Sewanee, TN.
- Ha’aheo Guanson has been a seminarian intern with us for the past year, and has often assisted Fr. Moki in services. She has a doctorate in Education from USC, and has been on the faculty at UH Manoa School of Social Studies and director of the Pacific Peace Forum. In 2017 Ha’aheo graduated from the Waiolaihui’ia formation program for canonically resident communicants who have been recommended for further discernment and formation toward ordination to Holy Orders.
Jasmine (“Jazzy”) Bostock was an intern at the Cathedral last summer. She has recently graduated from Yale Divinity School. She was presented by St. James, Waimea. Alison Donohue was presented by St. John, Kula; Mark Haworth was presented by St. Clement, Makiki; and Preston Lentz was presented by St. Elizabeth, Palama.