EDOLA News looking back at May 2019
Volume 13, Issue 5
Announcements from the Bishop's Office
Gaudet Community Grants Announced

The Gaudet Committee announces the awarding of 13 community grants for the 2019 program year. The Gaudet Community Grant provides funding for not-for-profit agencies that create, manage, and expand educational opportunities for African-American children within the Diocese of Louisiana. The total amount awarded this year is $53,434.

The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana is proud to honor the legacy of Mrs. Frances Joseph Gaudet, a turn-of-the-century educator and activist. Mrs. Gaudet had the wisdom to leave her trust to the Episcopal Church in such a way that her mission would continue to find new ways of expression in changing times. Mrs. Gaudet dedicated her life to building alliances with people of every race and class. The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana is committed to keeping her purpose alive.

The 2019 Gaudet Community Grant recipients are:
  • A's & Aces - Award amount: $7,500
  • Anna's Place NOLA Art Academic Program - Award amount: $9,000
  • Anna's Place NOLA Summer Camp - Award amount $7,500
  • Arts Council of Point Coupee - Award amount: $2,500
  • Christ Episcopal Enrichment Program (CEEP) - Award amount: $2,50
  • Grow Dat Youth Farm - Award amount: $4,000
  • Kid's Orchestra - Award amount: $2,000
  • Kingsley House - Award amount: $2,500
  • Louisiana Center for Children's Rights - Award amount: $1,934
  • South Coast Code - Award amount: $1,000
  • Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) - Award amount: $1,000
  • Trinity Educational Enrichment Program (TEEP) - Award amount: $5,000
  • Ubuntu Village NOLA - Award amount: $5,000
  • Upturn Arts - Award amount: $2,000

Click here for a description of each program.

Summer Office Schedule

The bishop's office will implement a modified weekly work schedule for the summer months beginning Friday, June 7, and ending on Friday, July 26. 

The summer office hours are: 
Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, closed

Upcoming Diocesan Events

June 8 beginning at 6 p.m.
March in the New Orleans Pride Parade with Inclusive Louisiana
New Orleans French Quarter

June 13-15
Missional Voices National Gathering
Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans
More information:  www.missionalvoices.com

June 19 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Small Church Leadership Day
All Saints' Episcopal Church, 100 Rex Dr, River Ridge

June 20 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Small Church Leadership Day
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge

July 9 at 1 p.m.
Safe Church Minister Training
St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 2216 Metairie Rd, Metairie

July 9 at 6 p.m.
Safe Church Minister Training
St. Margaret's, 12663 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge

July 17 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Clergy Day
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge

July 18 at 1 p.m.
Safe Church Minister Training
St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 3412 Haring Rd, Metairie

July 25-27
Education for Ministry (EfM) Foundation of Seminar Life Mentor Training
Solomon Episcopal Conference Center

August 2-4
Co-Ed Recovery Weekend
Solomon Episcopal Conference Center

Upcoming Bishop Visitations:  Click here for the schedule
News from The Episcopal Church
Top Headlines from the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs

Here are the top headlines from the Episcopal Church Office Of Public Affairs. To view all press releases,  click here.

News from Around the Diocese
More news from around the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana can be found by  clicking here .
Clergy Transitions

The Rev. Caroline Carson graduated from the School of Theology at The University of the South on May 10. She  has accepted a call as rector of Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents in Beach Haven, New Jersey, effective June 24. She will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on June 27 in the Diocese of New Jersey by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Wm "Chip" Stokes on behalf of the Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr.

The Rev. Daniel Hanna died at the age of  age 83 on May 22, 2019, at Lambeth House in New Orleans.   A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 15 at 6 p.m. at St. Anna's, 1313 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans. 

The Rev. Dennis Ryan will retire as priest-in-charge of St. Michael's, Mandeville, effective June 16.

The Robert Beazley has been called as priest-in-charge of St. Michael's, Mandeville, effective July 1. He has been serving as associate and school chaplain of St. Andrew's, New Orleans. His last day at St. Andrew's will be June 30. 

The Rev. Canon Ron Clingenpeel has been called as permanent supply priest of St. Luke's, New Orleans.

The Rev. John Tober has accepted a call as rector of St. James' Episcopal Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico, effective June 23. He has been serving as curate and chaplain  at Trinity Episcopal Church and School, Baton Rouge. His last day at Trinity will be Sunday, June 16.
The 132nd Annual Gathering of the Episcopal Church Women

[Photograph by Katherine Gilbert] The Rev. Kellie Wilson was the keynote speaker of the 132nd Annual Gathering of the ECW.

The 132nd Annual Gathering of the Episcopal Church Women took place from May 17-18 at St. Matthew's, Houma. The keynote speaker was the Rev. Kellie Wilson, associate priest for faith development at Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, South Carolina. There was time for dancing, worship, and learning about the ministries of our churches. Bishop Thompson presented the State of the Church address. George Bond of St. George's, New Orleans, gave a presentation on Interfaith Power and Light, a religious response to global warming.  More photographs from the gathering can be found by clicking here .

At the gathering, three women joined the roles of Honored Women of the ECW for their service and ministry to the Church. The recipients are Gail Duhe, Kathryn Johnson, and Janie LeBlanc. You can read more about the 2019 Honored Women by  clicking here.
2019 Deacons Conference

The deacons and spouses of the Diocese of Louisiana gathered at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center for their annual retreat from May 17-18. The retreat was led by the Rev. Bridget Tierney, Director of Advent House. 
Do You Know Any Student Heading to LSU?

It is likely that some of the high school graduates in your church have now made the decision to attend LSU this coming fall. The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana has a vibrant presence on the LSU campus through a wide variety of ministries at St. Alban's Chapel. Many students find a church home at St. Alban's Chapel during their college years. The chances of their involvement at St. Alban's Chapel are greatly increased if we can make personal contact with them before they arrive here on campus in late August. We have several dedicated and friendly students here who can make these first contacts if they have an incoming student's phone number. Please send the contact information for any students that you know who are headed to LSU to Fr.  Drew Rollins ( lsuchaplain@stalban.org). Thank you and Geaux Tigers!

Holy Land Pilgrimage in 2020

You are invited to join other pilgrims from The Episcopal Diocese of  Louisiana as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Together, we will visit the  places of his birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection. Our experienced  personal guide Iyad Qumri, will lead us in exploring ancient places, vibrant  markets, and modern museums in a land that is suspended between East and West, past and present.

  • Specially-designed private worship and Eucharist services in locations where key biblical events are commemorated: Nazareth, Bethlehem, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Jericho, the Dead Sea, and Jerusalem.
  • Meet the "living stones" of the ever-diminishing communities of local Christians, including an introduction to the vital ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
  • One-of-a-kind tours and visits to unique locations in Nazareth, the Jordan River, Jericho, and Jerusalem.
  • Opportunity to visit and worship with local Palestinian Christian congregations.
Under the direction of the Rev. Rob Courtney, St. Paul's, New Orleans
Local Guide: Canon Iyad Qumri
  • $500 non-refundable deposit per person due upon registration by November 1, 2019.
  • $2,195 final payment due September 1, 2020. Checks should be made out to St. Paul's Episcopal Church with "Holy Land 2020" in the memo line and mailed (or dropped off) with registration form to:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Attn: The Rev. Rob Courtney
6249 Canal Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124

NOTE: These payments are for ground travel only; individual Air Travel and Trip Cancellation Insurance must be arranged by each participant individually (see group flight information in information book).

Photo of the Month
Fun With Bishop Thompson at St. Paul's

[Photo from the St. Paul's, New Orleans, Facebook Page] Bishop Morris K. Thompson, Jr. traded miters with a Sunday school student during his annual visit to St. Paul's, New Orleans, on May 19.
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