October 24, 2018
A Word From Bishop Howard: Responding to Hurricane Michael
Our hearts and prayers are with those who were affected by Hurricane Michael in dioceses all around – our neighbors. Members of our Diocese have been in contact daily with Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) and other dioceses to provide critical support to the local communities damaged by the storm. Local efforts, particularly out of Tallahassee and the Apalachee Region, have also been ongoing...

Diocese of Florida Welcomes Emily Stimler As New Director of Communications
We are pleased to welcome Emily Stimler as the new full-time Director of Communications for the Diocese of Florida. In this capacity, Emily will lead both internal and external communications strategies and will be responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of the strategic marketing communication plans for the Diocese. She will also oversee all media relations, social media strategies, publications, digital communications, public relations and associate engagement.  Continue reading...
Upcoming Events
2018 Ministry Exploration Day: December 1, 2018
Are you exploring the Holy Spirit’s movement in your current vocation? Are you interested in further exploring both lay and ordained ministry? If so, the Diocese of Florida is sponsoring a Ministry Exploration Day, to be held on December 1 at Church of Our Saviour in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville.

Bishop's Institute News and Events
Lay Ministry School Beginning in January
We are thrilled to announce the beginning of the Lay Ministry School for Licensed Lay Worship Leaders (LLWL) and Licensed Lay Catechists (LLC) this January. This course is to prepare lay leaders in our churches to lead public worship and to be properly trained catechists (teachers of the Christian faith) to assist with preparing candidates for baptism and confirmation. Candidates who complete the course will receive a license from the Bishop for their ministry.

November 2-3
A Vocation of Love: Prayer and Our Covenant in Christ
Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center, Live Oak, FL

Click here to register for this Lay Leadership Retreat. This retreat will be led by Carl McColman, noted author and teacher in Christian spirituality.
December 3-7
Advent Icon Painting Retreat led by Teresa Harrison
St. John's Cathedral
Jacksonville, FL

Click here for more information and to register. Registration is limited to 20 participants. We will be painting the icon of the Annunciation during the retreat.
Diocesan Happenings
Diocesan Wounded Warrior Ministry Request
On the weekend of November 16, 2018, the Diocesan Wounded Warrior Ministry will welcome 15-20 Warriors and their spouses at Camp Weed for a well-deserved respite weekend! 

The Ministry Chairman, Bob Yerkes, is requesting all churches to request from their members letters of gratitude and support for these couples, addressed to “Warrior and Spouse” (since we don’t have their names yet.) These letters should be delivered to the Diocesan Office by Wednesday, November 14th.

Bob is also requesting donations from churches and church members to fund $100 gift cards for each couple. These donations, or $100 Publix or Visa cards, can be sent to:
Bob Yerkes
Foerster, Isaac and Yerkes, PA
2468 Atlantic Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
The Holy Spirit is strong at Holy Comforter, Crescent City Florida . F or the first time in almost 20 years we have children Acolytes on the Altar again! Our Sunday School (also absent for 20 years) also started on October 14!
Praise God!
A huge thanks to members of St. John’s Cathedral Troop 906 who picked up trash along Duval Street recently. They collected trash from St. John’s Cathedral all the way to the Veterans Memorial Arena in preparation for this weekend's Florida/Georgia Football game.
Helpful Links
  • Looking for a job? Visit the employment page on our website for some of the current opportunities. Click here
  • Listing a job? Email estimler@diocesefl.org with the job description and position contact information to be posted on the employment page.
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