March 7, 2019
A Special Message From Bishop Howard
A Pilgrimage to Sicily - Deadline Approaching
The registration period for this exciting trip will end on March 15. There are still a few spots available on our upcoming pilgrimage to Sicily from October 1-11, 2019. We have worked hard to plan the trip for a limited number of pilgrims from the Diocese of Florida. We will be praying and worshiping together, and experiencing all that Sicily has to offer. More than that, though, we will be learning about a fascinating land—its history, people, art and architecture.
Please review the itinerary and join us. Please return the enclosed registration form and deposit to Karen La Rosa (whose name and address are shown on the registration form) as soon as possible if you wish to join us on this wonderful trip.

Thomas Frazer Named Permanent Director
of Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center
The Diocese of Florida is pleased to announce Thomas Frazer has been named as the permanent Director of Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center. Thomas has been serving in this role in an interim capacity since August 2018.

Frazer graduated from the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia and studied Wildlife Management at Auburn University. He is currently finishing a degree in Business Administration with a minor in French at Huntingdon College. Growing up he had an interest in modern languages and spent several summers in France in Normandy and Montpellier and in Switzerland.       

Frazer’s love for rural landscape and a setting like Camp Weed stems from his childhood love for his family’s farm and riding horses as a boy with his grandfather. “The countryside has always been a place where I find peace,” he says.

Frazer’s background in land and game management, and experience in providing conference and resort style hospitality to guests and visitors will be useful as a Director to our Cerveny Conference Center. Additionally, he brings a commitment to the Church and an appreciation of the mission of Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center to serve the Episcopal Diocese of Florida.

Congratulations to Thomas Frazer!
Clergy News
Trinity Episcopal Parish to Welcome the Reverend Matt Marino on April 1
The Diocese of Florida and Trinity Episcopal Parish in St. Augustine, are pleased to announce that the Reverend Matt Marino has accepted the call to assume leadership of the state’s oldest Protestant church. He and his wife, Kari, will join Trinity’s church family April 1, 2019. April 7, 2019, will be Father Matt’s first Sunday to celebrate services at Trinity at 7:30, 9:00 and 11:15. Between the 9:00 and 11:15 services there will be a reception in Trinity Hall to welcome Father Matt and Kari.

Father Matt has an impressive 20+ year track record of building healthy and growing ministries. He has a proven ability to build, lead and cast vision with staff and high capacity lay teams as well as strengths in recruiting and developing leaders both clergy and lay. His educational background includes a Masters in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Arizona State and a Masters of Divinity from Arizona Seminary.

Father Matt comes to Trinity from the Church of St. John the Divine in Houston where he served as an Associate Rector overseeing the young professionals’ ministry, missions and outreach, and leadership development. Prior to that he served as Canon for Youth and Young Adults for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, as a Church Planter/Vicar for St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Phoenix, and for 12 years as Senior Area Director for the Young Life – Phoenix Central Corridor.

As Trinity Parish moves forward, looking to our bicentennial anniversary in 2021, we are honored that Father Matt and Kari have made the commitment to “live in the hope of the Gospel and invite the people of St. Johns County to join us in God’s glorious inheritance.”
Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, invites all Episcopalians to join together in observance of Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on March 10, 2019. 

"As we follow in the footsteps of Jesus this Lent, we know that living out God's love for the world is our ultimate goal," said Presiding Bishop Curry. "I invite all congregations to devote a Sunday in Lent to reflect on the life-giving work of Episcopal Relief & Development and to demonstrate God's love by giving meaningfully to this vital ministry." Click here to read more about ERD Sunday.
Save the Date for the 2019 Celebration of Your Marriage of 50 Years or More

The Episcopal Diocese of Florida Older Adult Ministries invite those who are celebrating 50 years of marriage or more this year to save the date for this year's celebration event. The celebrations will take place both in Jacksonville and Tallahassee on Saturday, May 4 at 1pm. Invitations will be mailed in the coming weeks.
Bishop's Institute News and Events
The Bishop’s Institute will host two lunches during Lent 2019. We are pleased to have two distinguished authors and church leaders to visit and talk to us and lead discussion with us. If you would like to attend either or both lunches, please register with Sue Engemann in the Diocesan Office at: or 904-356-1328. It is helpful to have numbers attending for ordering lunch.
Tuesday April 2, 2019
The Rt. Rev. Jake Owensby, PhD, DD
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana
and author of four books including most recently
A Resurrection-Shaped Life , 2018
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
1100 Stockton Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
12 noon- 2 p.m.
Tuesday April 9, 2019 
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cherry
Dean of King’s College, Cambridge  
author of many books including the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2011: Barefoot Disciple: Walking the Way of Passionate Humility and the book he will share with us on forgiveness: Healing Agony: Re-Imagining Forgiveness
St John’s Cathedral
256 E. Church Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Upcoming Events
March 30, 2019
Stanton Landing Dedication
St. Paul's Federal Point
124 Commercial Ave.
East Palatka, FL 32131

Please join us at St. Paul's Federal Point as we dedicate Stanton Landing in honor of C. Charles Stanton. Stanton Landing at St. Paul's is now a designated trailhead for Bartram Trail in Putnam County; Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail; St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop; Putnam County Blueway Paddling Trails; and St. Johns River Blueway. Dedication ceremony to begin at 11:30am followed by a BBQ dinner sponsored by the Putnam County Commissioners and Stanton Family.
April 13, 2019
10am - 3pm
Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center, Live Oak, FL
Cost: $22 per person (lunch included)
The purpose of the program is to explore and discuss the theological themes embedded in the episodes of one of America’s all-time favorite television series The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968). Andy Griffith was a committed Christian (who won a Grammy in 1997 for gospel album called I Love To Tell The Story). He smuggled the Gospel message into the episodes of his popular television series.
Bring your Bible for some fun. We will watch episodes from the television series and Fr. Britt and Bishop Howard will offer Bible verses to explore in dialogue with each episode to ferret out the theology embedded in the episode.
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