DDG Companion News | December 28, 2018

Consecration of Espíritu Consolador

The altar is dressed during the consecration service on December 16, 2018. To see an album of photographs from this event, click this image.

On Sunday, December 16, 2018, the Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic, consecrated the building for the congregation of Espíritu Consolador in the city of Dajabon, one of the major border crossings between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. To see an album of photographs from this consecration service, click here. This event represented the fourth consecration of an Episcopal church building in the Dominican Republic in 2018. The three previous ones were San Timoteo in Nizao (June), Espíritu Santo in Las Carreras (October), and Monte de Sión north of Boca Chica (November).

St. John's Episcopal Church in Naples, FL (Diocese of SW Florida), was the primary mission partner for the construction of this building. Missioners from St. John's worked in Dajabon for several years, and they also contributed significantly to the construction costs. To see videos made after two of the St. John's trips, click here: 2012 | 2014.
The construction site in July 2011. 
 For an album of construction photographs, click this image.
Bill Kunkle, the Executive Director of the Dominican Development Group, first visited this site in July 2011 when construction was underway on the footings for the building's walls. The DDG was instrumental in coordinating the involvement of mission teams in this project. To see an online album of photographs from the construction process, click here

Regulations for Medical Mission Teams Have Changed

Members of a medical team working in the Episcopal church in the village of Angelina.

Recently the Dominican Republic's Ministry for Public Health has issued new regulations governing the work of medical mission teams. These new regulations include stricter requirements to submit copies of medical credentials for missioners and detailed inventory lists of all medications brought into the country, and mention the possibility of on-site inspection visits by representatives of the Public Health Ministry. One medical team from South Carolina did receive an on-site visit in December. 

Patricia Martin, the head of the Dominican diocesan office for mission team support, is the designated contact person for liaison with the Ministry for Public Health. Her email address is <drequipos@gmail.com>. To ensure compliance with these new regulations, leaders of medical teams need to contact Patricia as soon as possible in their planning process. In particular, all information required by the Ministry for Public Health needs to be submitted to Patricia at least 30 days in advance of the mission trip so she can relay it to the Ministry for Public Health in time for the work of the medical team to receive official governmental approval. 

A Christmas Greeting 
from the Diocese of the Dominican Republic

The Christmas tree in the foyer of the diocesan office in Santo Domingo.
On December 26th, 2018, the Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota and his wife, Mary Jeannette de Quezada, sent this Christmas greeting to all missioners who work in the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic: 

To all of our companion dioceses, to all the missionaries who always support us and visit us every year, to those who contribute to the missionary development of our diocese, to the hundreds of brothers and sisters in faith who trust in us, we wish you a happy Christmas and a new year of many blessings. We love you and you will always be in our hearts. 

To see this message in its original format as a Christmas card transmitted as an attachment in an email message from the diocesan office in Santo Domingo,  click here .

Compañeros Dominicanos for December 2018 Published

Click this image for the December 2018
Compañeros Dominicanos.
The December 2018 issue of the DDG's bilingual magazine, Compañeros Dominicanos, is now available online here . Contents of this issue include articles on the consecrations of new Episcopal churches in October and November and photographs of all of the mission teams working in the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic in September through December, 2018. To access the archived copies of other issues of this magazine and other DDG publications, click here

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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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