DDG Companion News | April 21, 2016

In center: newly-ordained priests Garcia, Polanco, and Saint Juste.


The officers and members of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Development Group congratulate the three deacons of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic who were ordained to the priesthood on April 17 in Santo Domingo: Luis Garcia, Leonel Polanco, and Vanel Saint Juste. In this photograph: The Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada, Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic; The Rev. Luis Garcia; the Rev. Leonel Polanco; the Rev. Vanel Saint Juste; and the Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguín, Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, who presided at the ordination. Other bishops present were the Rt. Rev. William J. Skilton, Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic (retired); and the Rt. Rev. Telésforo Isaac, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic.

All three of the newly-ordained priests are graduates of the Center for Theological Studies (Centro de Estudios Teológicos), the Episcopal seminary in Santo Domingo. Each has extensive experience working with mission teams from the companion dioceses in the United States, mainly in the southern coastal cities of San Pedro de Macorís, Boca Chica, and Santana Baní.

Updated DR Diocesan Directory Posted Online


The Diocese of the Dominican Republic updated its directory of clergy and senior staff members in March 2016, and this updated directory has been posted online here.

The directory contains the names and contact information for all of the clergy and senior staff members in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic along with their current assignments to specific churches, schools, and other facilities. It also contains membership lists for the diocesan committees and a roster of seminarians currently enrolled in studies.

Global Episcopal Missions Network
Conference May 18-20, 2016

GEMN website

The Dominican Development Group is a partner organization with the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN), and our Executive Director, Bill Kunkle, is an elected member of the GEMN Board of Directors. The 2016 GEMN conference will be held from May 18-20 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Registration for that conference is open until April 30, and the registration webpage link is here:  http://conta.cc/1raiCQf. In addition to Bill, several members of the DDG's Board of Directors will be attending this conference.

At this GEMN conference you will: 
  • Attend keynotes by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and a representative of Episcopal Migration Ministries.
  • Participate in hands-on mission workshops that will give you tools to bring back to your diocese, church or mission organization, including mission budgeting & fundraising, planning & leading short-term mission trips, mission best practices, medical mission, short- and long-term mission engagement, building global partnerships, and Asset-Based Community Development. 
  • Have the opportunity for mission education programs, meeting mission partners and current missionaries, networking, small group discussion, mission displays, site visits and more.
  • Explore global mission themes that include mission evangelism, migration and refugee ministry, global poverty, sustainable development, and other relevant mission topics with the mission community from around the world.
2016 GEMN Conference webpage


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Contact the DDG:
Office: (813) 400-2722 | Fax: (813) 983-5082
Executive Director: Bill Kunkle | bkunkle@dominicandevelopmentgroup.org
PO Box 272261 | Tampa Florida 33688-2261

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