TO: The St. Andrew’s Congregation
FROM: The Bishop
Aloha my Siblings in Christ Jesus,
As you likely learned yesterday, Canon Moki Hino has accepted appointment to serve as the Priest-in-Charge of Good Shepherd Church, Wailuku. I am delighted for Moki and for the congregation. Moki has long expressed the hope to again serve on a neighbor island and, especially, at Good Shepherd. It is something of a homecoming since he was ordained a Priest in that Church and served the congregation on Sundays while a Chaplain at Seabury Hall. I think Moki can provide both the leadership skills and cultural sensitivity that the Parish needs at this time.
As I wrote to you in April regarding future clergy support (effective July 1), there is no immediate plan to name a single clergyperson to be in charge (whether a “Dean” or a “Priest-in-Charge”). We will have a clergy team of “Vicars.” Father Keleawe Hee will continue to have primary pastoral oversight visiting the sick and the housebound. He will also have liturgical responsibility for the 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM liturgies on Sunday. Mother Heather Patton-Graham will have responsibility for formation, and the liturgies on Saturday evening at 5:30 and Sunday morning at 10:00 AM. She will be the primary officiant at monthly Sunday 5:30 Evensongs when they can resume. She will also be taking up duties as Chaplain at St. Andrew’s Schools. As noted, they will both serve with the title of “Vicar,” and have joint oversight responsibilities for the congregation’s liturgical, pastoral and programmatic life.
We are fortunate to have two trained volunteer Vergers: Roth Puahala and Ann Hansen. A Verger is the lay minister who assists the clergy in the conduct of public worship, especially in the marshaling of processions, and training and supervising other lay participants during worship. Leohone Magno will continue as Organist and Director of Music. During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for online worship as well, a team of volunteers under the leadership of Elizabeth Conklin will be helping with technology. This will include Morning Prayer three days a week. It is hoped, however, that Morning Prayer will largely be a lay ministry in the future with clergy only being involved on occasion. This will need to be a team effort.
The property maintenance and business side of the office is secure under the oversight of Liane Lazo, Cathedral Administrator, and Julia Jackson, Accountant. Lauren Houghtailing has wonderfully taken on the Cathedral Secretary’s duties. Paul Jackson is now the Chapter’s volunteer Treasurer. In support of the office team and Paul, the Wardens (Roth Puahala and Elizabeth Conklin) and I (as Bishop and President of Chapter) will have responsibility for oversight and approvals on the business and management side of the Cathedral. The Chapter is the “board” that has fiduciary oversight responsibilities for property maintenance and the finances.
I am grateful to Moki for his time back here at the Cathedral. He has walked the Cathedral through administrative reorganization and then nurtured the congregation with the virtual worship required by these first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. We can be reminded of the words from the Hebrew Scripture: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). With his “season” here at the Cathedral now over, he can move onto Maui knowing that he served God and God’s people well, and that his duties here are complete. We can apply these words of Jesus from the parable of the “servants” (Matthew 25:14-30): “‘Well done! You are a good and faithful servant. You’ve been faithful over a little. I’ll put you in charge of much. Come, celebrate with me” (Matthew 25:23).
Please keep Moki in your prayers. Pray for me. Be assured I do so for you.
Your servant in Christ Jesus,
The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i
(and the President of Chapter)