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St. Peter, Ripon & St. Mary Chapel, Wautoma Call Cunningham as Rector
The Rev. Marcus Cunningham has accepted a call to serve as Rector of St. Peter, Ripon and St. Mary Chapel, Wautoma. The call was made by the Vestry and affirmed by the Rt. Rev. Matthew A. Gunter, Bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac. Fr. Marcus was ordained a priest in 2006 and has served congregations in Indiana and Kansas and most recently Trinity, Oshkosh. He graduated with a M.Div. from the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee and a B.S. in Sociology/Social Change from UW-Green Bay. He began discerning his call to ordained ministry while living in Fond du Lac in the 1990's. He is married to Anne Marie and they have five children. Fr. Marcus begins his duties on February 6th.
Ward Accepts Call to Diocese of Milwaukee
The Rev. Geoff Ward has accepted a call to serve as Rector of St. Christopher, River Hills in the Diocese of Milwaukee. Read more here. Fr. Geoff had served as Priest-in-Charge of St. Francis, Eagle River and played an important part of developing ministry since the congregation was established in 2013. St. Francis will be served by supply clergy as the Vestry and Wardens work with Bishop Matt and the Diocesan Office to consider the future work of St. Francis. 
Fr. Geoff and his wife Valerie will be missed but we pray for God's blessing on this new position in service of the Church.
Trainor Publishes New Novel
e Mountain Goat is the new novel by Jim Trainor, retired priest of the diocese. Trainor brings his experience both as an ordained priest and scientist to inform his novels and engage the reader. The Mountain Goat follows Ryan and Amanda on an exploration of nature, science and art, life's meaning, and love. But also leads them face-to-face with a deadly threat far greater than they can imagine. Read more here...
Prayers for Clergy
Many diocesan clergy will join the Pre-Lenten Clergy Retreat at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, De Pere from February 20-22. Members of the diocese are ask to make special petition for clergy on on these days. A suggested prayer is number 9 found on page 817 of the Book of Common Prayer.

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift: Send down upon our bishops, and other clergy, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace: and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

A full calendar may be found at diofdl.org.
9 Executive Council, St. Thomas, Menasha
11-12 New Beginnings #8 for Middle School youth, All Saints, Appleton
20-22 Clergy Retreat, Norbertine Center for Spirituality, De Pere

MARCH 2017
18 Circles of Light Discernment Process, Merill
18 Trustees, St. Paul Cathedral, Fond du Lac
19 Celebration of New Ministry, 3, Holy Apostles, Oneida
31-Apr 2 Happening #73 for High School youth, All Saints, Appleton

APRIL 2017
1 Standing Committee, St. Thomas, Menasha
8 Chrism Mass, 10:30, St. Paul Cathedral, Fond du Lac

MAY 2017
2 Church Secretary Network Meeting
4-7 Monarch Cursillo #73, Waupaca
13 Spring Conference: Mercy & Delight in the Neighborhood, 9-3, Waupaca

JUNE 2017
11-17 Senior Camp, Camp Lakotah, Wautoma
18-22 Middler & Junior Camp, Camp Lakotah, Wautoma
22-24 Kinder Camp, Camp Lakotah, Wautoma
24 Eucharistic Festival, 10:30, St. Paul Cathedral, Fond du Lac

JULY 2017
10-14 National Episcopal Youth Event, Oklahoma City

21 Diocesan Convention, Oneida
JULY 2018
5-13 General Convention, Austin, Texas