DDG Companion News | September 30, 2016

A screen view of the DR Map App with the route from Las Américas airport to Iglesia Episcopal Jesús Peregrino in Barahona. Click for instructions.
DDG Develops Free Smartphone Map App for DR Church Locations

The Dominican Development Group, working in collaboration with the Communications Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic, has compiled a list of the GPS locations of all of the Episcopal churches, schools, and other facilities in the Dominican Republic. The church location set of this data is now available to function as a smartphone app, enabling turn-by-turn driving directions to any Episcopal church within the Dominican Republic. No tedious hand-typing of latitude and longitude data is required - just click the desired location and the built-in Google Maps program takes over from there. This app function was developed without cost to the DDG, and can be used by anyone without charge.

To access a two-page set of instructions for installing and using this app, click the link below:

From left: Student-teacher Matthew Giesselmann with Principal Maria Emilia Ubiera and Dr. Tom McGowan in the basketball court of Colegio Episcopal San José in Boca Chica.
McGowan Educational 
Ministry Continues

Dr. Tom McGowan, an educational missionary who has been working in Colegio Episcopal Todos los Santos and other Dominican Episcopal schools for the past two months, returned home to Nebraska on September 27. He plans to come back to the Dominican Republic in early November to continue his supervision of student-teacher Matthew Giesselmann and his observation of several Dominican Episcopal schools. He has been blogging about his experiences weekly, and plans to continue the blog posts while he is back in the United States. To access his blog, click the link below:

To read an article by Dr. McGowan with more details about his work in the Dominican Episcopal schools, click the link below:

Diocese of Southwest Florida
DDG Board of Directors Meets in Tampa on October 17, 2016

The next meeting of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Development Group will be in Tampa, FL, on Monday, October 17, 2016. This meeting is scheduled in conjunction with the annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, one of the dioceses with a companion relationship with the Diocese of the Dominican Republic.

Board members are encouraged to come to Southwest Florida's convention and help promote the DDG and the initiatives of the Dominican Episcopal Church. This convention will be highlighting its Companion Diocese relationship with the Dominican Republic and will include workshops incorporating the visiting Bishops, DDG board members, and DR mission leaders from around the diocese. The Convention is in Punta Gorda on October 14-15. 

On Sunday, October 16th, board members will have the opportunity to visit different churches around the diocese to promote the DR mission programs and the DDG. At 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, there will be a Dominican night dinner at St. John's Episcopal Church in Tampa. Mission-minded individuals from across the diocese have been invited to this event to enjoy fellowship with the board members.

For more information about this meeting, click the link below:

Click this image to access a PDF file of the directory.

DR Clergy/Staff Directory Updated in 
September 2016

The directory of the clergy and key staff members of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic was updated in September 2016 and is now available online via the DR diocesan website. Click the image of the directory cover or the link below to access a PDF copy of the document.


Fall Exploration Trip: November 3-9, 2016

A map of the Episcopal churches in the Dominican Republic. To use this map interactively, click this image.

The Dominican Development Group conducts exploration trips twice each year to provide mission team leaders and other interested missioners with an overview of many of the facilities and ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic. The next trip will be  November 3-9, 2016, and the path will follow a general south-to-north route from San Pedro de Macorís on the southern coast to the capitol of Santo Domingo and then north to the coastal city of Puerto Plata. The trip will cost US$700 (not including airfare), and the deadline to sign up is October 19, 2016. For more information and a detailed itinerary, click the link below:
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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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