DDG Companion News | February 28, 2018

Board meeting attendees 02_12_2018
DDG board members and visitors at the meeting on February 12, 2018. Front row, from left: Bill Kunkle, Executive Director, Diocese of Southwest Florida; The Rev. Deacon Beth Drew, President, Western Michigan; The Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr., Second Vice-President, Michigan; The Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada, First Vice-President, Dominican Republic; The Rt. Rev. William J. Skilton, Dominican Republic; Julia Ariail, Secretary, Georgia. Second row, from left: Lydia Pendleton, New Hampshire; The Rev. Marshall Huey, South Carolina; Tom McGowan, Nebraska; David Morrow, Treasurer, Northwest Texas; The Rev. Ed Miller, President-Elect, Virginia; Sally Thompson, Southwest Florida; John Gruetzmacher, North Carolina; Katie Forsyth, Eastern Michigan; The Rev. Albert Hilario, New York; The Rev. John Schaefer, Nebraska; The Rev. Jeffrey Nelson, Nebraska; Julius Ariail, Georgia; Missionary Karen Carroll, Dominican Republic/Southwest Florida; Missionary Charlie Nakash, Dominican Republic/New Jersey; The Rev. Deacon Alexander Romero, Dominican Republic. Click this image for links to the reports distributed at this meeting.

Fourteen Dioceses Represented at DDG Meeting

Missioners from fourteen dioceses supporting mission teams in the Dominican Republic attended the board meeting of the Dominican Development Group in Santo Domingo on February 12, 2018. Many of them were also present at the 60th annual convention of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic on February 9-10. During that convention, Bishop Quezada recognized Missionary Karen Carroll's more than twelve years of service in both the diocesan nursing home and in the mission team support office. Karen has announced that she will be retiring in July, 2018. 

At the DDG meeting, the Rev. Ed Miller, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in McLean, VA (Diocese of Virginia), was elected president, succeeding the Rev. Deacon Beth Drew from the Diocese of Western Michigan who has served in that position for the past two years. For the draft minutes, reports and other printed information distributed at this meeting, click here. Watch for a full report on both the DDG meeting and the DR diocesan convention in the March 2018 issue of our bilingual newsmagazine, Compañeros Dominicanos

Missionary Karen Carroll and Bishop Quezada 
 with other DDG board members at the DR diocesan convention.

Bishop Quezada blesses the donated ambulance in the city of Baní on February 11, 2018. For a video of this event, click this image.

Bishop Quezada Blesses Donated Ambulance

On World Mission Sunday, February 11, 2018, Bishop Quezada blessed an albulance donated by the Episcopal Church of the Servant (Wilmington, Diocese of East Carolina) to the Diocese of the Dominican Republic for use in the community of Baní. Several members of the DDG's board of directors were present for this occasion at Iglesia Episcopal La Transfiguración in Baní. The Rev. Vicente Peña, vicar of La Transfiguración, was the master of ceremonies for the blessing and dedication service which was also attended by representatives of the Baní city government and its fire and rescue departments. To see a short video of this event made by Katie Forsyth, DDG board member from the Diocese of Eastern Michigan, click here.

Bishops Quezada and Skilton with representatives of the Baní fire and rescue departments. For a short DDG video of this event, click this image.

The 2017 teams poster.
Poster of All 2017
 Mission Teams Available

Were you a member of a mission team working in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic in 2017? Then your photograph is on this new DDG poster! This poster is sized for printing in a 20"X30" format. For an information flyer about downloading the poster source files in several resolutions and formats that you can print locally, click here

The individual 2017 team photographs are also online in a Google Photos album as part of the DDG's photograph archive here. Photographs of the 2018 teams are being posted here If you have questions about this poster project, please contact Julius Ariail at <communications@dominicandevelopmentgroup.org>.   

DDG Secretary Julia Ariail and Bishop Quezada with the 2017 "all-teams" poster in the diocesan conference room in Santo Domingo.

The DDG and DR delegation at the Province IX Synod in Ecuador. From left: Bob Stevens, Executive Director of the Province IX Development Group; The Rev. Canon Connie Sanchez, Executive Coordinator, Province IX; The Rev. Deacon Johnson Pringle, San Pedro de Macorís (San Esteban); Evelyn Solano, Santo Domingo (San Andrés); The Rt. Rev. and Mrs. Moisés Quezada, Santo Domingo (Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana); The Rev. Bienvenido Lopez, La Romana (Todos los Santos and La Encarnación); Yuleidy Mazara, San Pedro de Macorís (San Esteban); Bill Kunkle, Executive Director of the Dominican Development Group.

Province IX Synod

Representatives from the DDG and the Diocese of the Dominican Republic recently attended the Province IX Synod meeting in the Diocese of Ecuador Litoral. During that gathering, there was also a meeting of the Province IX Development Group, which is patterned after the example of the Dominican Development Group and works to support all of the dioceses within  Province IX of The Episcopal Church: Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Central Ecuador, Ecuador Litoral, Honduras, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

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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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