The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi
February 26, 2020
Aloha my Siblings in Christ Jesus,
As we begin Lent, I encourage you to take up the Presiding Bishop’s “A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance Leading to Action” (please watch his video at Presiding Bishop's Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance ).
With the reality of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are reminded that we live in a small and highly interconnected world. What happens on the other side of the world does impact us here in the Islands. The same is true for incidences of injustice and oppression. Wherever one child or elder suffers, we all suffer and are responsible. When words of hate or fear drip from our lips, we participate in the destruction of humanity. Our daily choices contribute to the degradation of creation itself. The Presiding Bishop is calling us to a Lent of prayer, fasting and repentance to strengthen us as the disciples of Jesus Christ in our wayward world. 
I will heed the Presiding Bishop’s call to take up intentional daily prayer and weekly fast days. I am taking on a personal study of the First Letter of Peter. The Archbishop of Canterbury has asked the bishops attending this Summer’s Lambeth Conference to study 1 Peter (see Lambeth: A Biblical Focus on 1 Peter ). I have decided to use Lent as a period of serious study in preparation for this important gathering of Episcopal/Anglican bishops from throughout the world. 
I am also taking up a special time of prayer specifically for the parochial clergy and the congregations’ wardens this Lent. I certainly pray for all of the clergy and lay leaders of our Diocese on a daily basis. I am keenly aware, however, that the leaders of our congregations face pressing challenges in the 21 st century. We are called to take up the challenges in our local communities. The local clergy and lay leaders are the primary teachers of the Gospel in our congregations and evangelists in our neighborhoods. 
I pray that everyone in the Diocese has a holy Lent as we prepare for Holy Week and the joy of Easter.
“No ia mea, e nā hoahānau, e kūpaʻa ʻoukou, me ka nāueue ʻole, me ka hoʻomau i kā ʻoukou hana nui ʻana i ka hana a ka Haku, no ka mea, ua ʻike nō ʻoukou, ʻaʻole i make hewa kā ʻoukou hana ʻana ma ka Haku.” Korineto I 15.58
“Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Aloha ma o Iesu Kristo, ko mākou Haku,


The Right Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick
Bishop Diocesan
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi
The Episcopal Church in Micronesia
Lenten Resources
Many churches have special Lenten observances and opportunities for study and worship. Visit the Our Churches page on the Diocesan website HERE for links to church websites to see whatʻs going on in your neighborhood.
The Episcopal Church has a number of resources to help you and your church observe Lent that can be found on their website  HERE.
Itʻs that time of year and Lent Madness fans are gearing up for another season of learning, engaging and voting! Visit the Lent Madness website  HERE to learn more and get ready to cast your votes!
Sybil S. Nishioka, Communications Contractor
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi
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