September 2017
Convocation News
September 2017
A Newsletter for Members and Friends of the Convocation of
Episcopal Churches in Europe
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2017 Convention of the
Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
   The 2017 Annual Convention of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe will be hosted by the Church of St Augustine of Canterbury, Wiesbaden,Germany, from October 19 to 22, 2017.

The Convention sessions will be held at the Roncalli Haus, Friedrichstraße 26, Wiesbaden. 
Convention Plans 
Strategic Plan to be Presented at Convention

The Plan will be presented at our Convocation Convention by the Strategic Plan Committee, led by The Rev. Dr. Mark Barwick , and by Council of Advice President, The Rev. Sunny Hallanan , on Friday, October 20.

The Council of Advice received the Strategic Plan at their Fall Meeting in Montpellier, France, and it was approved with minor changes.

The time-line for the Bishop Search Process was also established, and the Presiding Bishop has set a date for the consecration of the new Bishop in Charge (see timeline below). The membership of the Search and Transition Committees will also be announced and commissioned at the Convention.

The Agenda for the Convention and various reports will be posted on the Convocation Website , as they become available.
The theme of this year's Convocation Convention is: 

"The Jesus Movement"  

Our principal speaker will be The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn , Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Within the Episcopal Church. Canon Hunn is a member of the Strategic Plan Committee. He will be the liaison from the Presiding Bishop's Office guiding the Convocation in the election of a new Bishop in charge for the Convocation.

Bishop Whalon will make his annual Bishop's Address to Convention. Elections will be held for various offices, and we will hear about ministries around the Convocation.

At the Annual Assemblée générale of the Convocation Association 1901 (the legal entity of the Convocation), amendments to the charter will be proposed for action.
News from the Council of Advice
Thanks to the Strategic Plan Committee

The draft Strategic Plan was presented to the  Council of Advice  at its September 7-9 meeting. The Council approved the Strategic Plan with a few small changes.

The Strategic Plan will be presented to the Convocation at the Convocation Convention, October 19-22, 2017, in Wiesbaden.

Members of Strategic Plan Committee:  The Rev Dr Mark Barwick (chairperson), All Saints’, Waterloo /Christ Church, Charleroi;  Dr Yvonne Cockcroft, Ascension, Munich; The Rev Canon Michael Hunn, Canon to the Presiding Bishop, New York;  The Very Rev Lucinda Laird, The American Cathedral in Paris;  Ms Helena Mbele-Mbong, Emmanuel, Geneva;  The Rev Steven Smith, Ascension, Munich;  The Rev Robert J. Warren, Christ Church, Clermont Ferrand 
Timetable for the Search for our next Bishop in Charge

October 19-22, 2017 - Convocation Convention in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Strategic Plan is presented to Convention
  • The Search Committee and Transition Committee are commissioned

Winter 2017/18
  • Search Profile is written by Search Committee and approved by the Council of Advice
  • The Position is announced in various Episcopal Church / Anglican Communion venues

Spring 2018
  • Nominations for Bishop are received
  • Nominees are vetted and a shortlist of candidates is compiled

June 30, 2018
  • List of Candidates from Search Committee is made public
  • Three week window is made available for additional nominations to be made, according to a nomination protocol. 

August 15, 2018
  • Final list of Candidates is made public

September 27-30, 2018
  • Walkabouts in Paris, Munich, and Rome for Candidates and Spouses

October 18-21, 2018 - Convocation Convention in Waterloo Belgium
  • Election of the Bishop in Charge 

April 6, 2019
  • Ordination and Consecration of the new Bishop in Charge at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris

Regular updates will be made on the Bishop Search pages on the EpiscopalEurope website.
The Council of Advice in Montpellier, France, September 7-9, 2017
O God, we pray for the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe as we discern and elect a Bishop to serve your people, build up your Church and proclaim boldly the Gospel to the world. Send us, we pray, an Apostle who is a wise counsellor, a merciful pastor, filled with your joy and grace. May your servant have the abundant gifts needed to lead your flock and the strength and courage to administer them. And may we renew and rededicate our lives to your will and service. All this we pray in the Name of our Great High Priest and Servant of the servants of God, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Upcoming Convocation Events

  • October 7-8: Visitation at All Saints Waterloo

  • October 18: COMB Meeting in Wiesbaden, Germany

  • November 4-5: Visitation at Ascension, Munich, Germany

  • November 26-27: Visitation at St. James in Florence, Italy

  • December 10: Institution of Fr. Mark Barwick in Strasbourg

  • February 5-7: Clergy Retreat 

  • April 27-28: APL Vestry Workshop for Italy in Florence

  • May 10-13: YAE/JAE Events

  • June 4-8: Clericus 

  • June 15-16: APL Vestry Workshop for Francophonie (FR, BE, CH) in TBA

  • June 22-23: APL Vestry Workshop for Germany in Nuremberg 

  • Sept 27-Oct 1 Bishop Candidates Walkabout

  • October 18-21 Convocation Electing Convention in Waterloo
  Vocational Discernment Weekend
St. Arnold’s Retreat House, Budapest, Hungary - Nov. 17-19, 2017
Led by The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley - Chancellor, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

Offered by Bishop Whalon and the Commission on the Ministry of the Baptised (COMB) of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe

for further information contact 
Mary Ellen Dolan at  priest1295@yahoo.fror Mark Barwick at

God calls every Christian to ministry. God’s call comes to us in different ways.
God equips us and helps us fulfil our call. God calls us to a variety of ministries:
to Lay ministry in our parish, in our community;
in our work place; in the mission field; in vowed religious life -
to Ordained ministry: deacon...priest...bishop.
Come and explore. Come and begin to discern, to learn, to pray.
Sermons online
Did you miss Church?
Were you unable to attend Church on Sunday?

St. Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome and other parishes in the Convocation post sermons each week on their websites. Hear the Rev . Austin Rios and other preachers from St. Paul's Within the Walls.

Also check out:

European Institute of Christian Studies
Academy for Parish Leadership
Mark your calendars for 2018
APL regional workshop will focus on both general matters about vestry leadership and issues particular to different parts of Europe. 

  • April 27-28: APL Vestry Workshop for Italy in Florence

  • June 15-16: APL Vestry Workshop for Francophonie (FR, BE, CH) in TBA

  • June 22-23: APL Vestry Workshop for Germany in Nuremberg 

In 2018 the Academy of Parish Leadership will host three regional Vestry Training Workshops in the Convocation. 
Canon Michael Rusk was Instituted as Rector of
Emmanuel Church in Geneva on September 2
The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon conducted a service of Institution and Celebration of New Ministry for the new Rector of Emmanuel Church, the Rev. Canon Michael Rusk, on Saturday, September 2. The Rev. Canon C.R. "Chuck" Robertson (Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond TEC) from New York was the preacher. Bishop Whalon conducted a visitation on the next day. (Bp Whalon's sermon is posted here.)

A large congregation and many guests from throughout Europe, ecumenical colleagues, together with a festive reception made for a very joyous occasion.

Canon Michael Rusk was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1958. Growing up during The Troubles, he attended Methodist College, Belfast while attending the Anglican Parish of St Simon where his father was the Rector....

Parish Outreach: St. Augustine's in Wiesbaden
Night of the Churches Friday September 1, 2017
We were delighted to open the doors of St. Augustine’s to welcome guests to the annual Wiesbaden Night of the Churches on the first of September. During the course of the evening, we hosted hundreds of Wiesbadeners touring their city’s churches, enjoying music, food, and inspiration.
We began our program at 18:00 with the traditional service of Evensong, followed by a delicious spread of gourmet sandwiches, samosas, cakes, and wine. Later, the choir presented a selection of sacred music, including some very popular spirituals from the African American tradition, culminating with a rousing rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Always popular with the audience, the choir enjoys these songs just as much.
The later evening presentations included readings from inspirational leaders such as Johannes Chrysotmos, Hildegard von Bingen, Martin Luther, Albert Schweitzer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy L. Sayers, Desmond Tutu, and Martin Luther King, Jr., read in German and English by several members of the congregation.
When the last of the guests had left, just before midnight, the task of clean-up began, clearing dishes, moving pews, and generally getting the church back to normal—but many hands make light work, and soon we were on our way home, well pleased with the evening’s event.
A Spiritual Resource for the Convocation:
Santa Maria a Ferrano in Tuscany
1000 year old chapel and monastic buildings form the heart of Santa Maria a Ferrano.
The Rev. Thomas Müller , a priest of the Convocation, and his wife Paola Canu direct a unique spiritual and artist retreat center in a 1000 year old monastic setting in the hills of Tuscany, about 40 minutes from Florence, Italy.

Church groups, individuals, and families are welcome to visit and participate in set programs or conduct retreats on their own in this beautiful setting.

"Santa Maria a Ferrano, a Romanesque church, farm house and land in the Tuscan hillside, is a center for art and spirituality. It is taken care of by a group of friends, who strive to live respectfully, creatively and with gratitude towards the bountiful gifts that surround us, give us life and make up our inner being. Santa Maria wants to be a place of encounter, formation, work and retreat, where we are able to rediscover our simple humanity through the attention and care we practice for all. Please be in contact to know more!" (from the website)

Thomas and Paola can be contacted through the Santa Maria website:
Bishops speak out...
The Presiding Bishop reflects on his visit to Charlottesville

A Reflection from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: It may be that we cannot solve everything, and we cannot do everything. But we can do something, no matter what.

Our former Presiding Bishop was featured on the cover of TIME!
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori , Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church from 2006 until 2015 was featured on the cover of September 18 issue of TIME. She is a well-known and well-loved figure in the Convocation, and was most recently here for our 2015 Convocation Convention in Paris.

The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe is the direct jurisdiction of the Presiding Bishop. Our Bishop in Charge is a suffragan bishop to the Presiding Bishop and Primate.

Congratulations Bishop ++Katharine!

  Check out the latest edition of The Read Thread
Francophone Outreach...
A la radio : le Magazine Anglican
Le « Magazine Anglican », animé par Laurence Moachon, paroissienne de la Cathédrale de la Sainte Trinité à Paris. 
À propos du Magazine Anglican :
Depuis septembre 2012, Laurence Moachon présente le 2e samedi du mois, le Magazine Anglican. Avec l’objectif de faire mieux connaître la tradition anglicane au public français, elle traite de sujets d’actualité culturelle, historique, liturgique ou ecclésiologique dans la Convocation et la Communion Anglicane. 
Jesus said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
(John 1:51) 
From the Gospel for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, September 29 
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