March 2019
Convocation Newsletter
March 2019
A Newsletter for Members and Friends of the Convocation of
Episcopal Churches in Europe
This is a monthly convocational newsletter.
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Lent approaches....
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dernier dimanche après l’Epiphanie
Dieu tout-puissant, avant qu’il ne souffrît sa passion tu as révélé sur la montagne sainte, la gloire de ton Fils unique: Puisque nous contemplons par la foi la lumière de son visage, accorde-nous la force de porter notre croix, et de refléter de plus en plus l’image de sa gloire. Par Jésus Christ, notre Seigneur, qui vit et règne avec toi et le Saint- Esprit, un seul Dieu, dans les siècles des siècles. Amen.

Letzter Sonntag nach Epiphanias
O Gott, der du vor dem Leiden deines eingeborenen Sohnes seine Herrlichkeit auf dem heiligen Berg enthüllt hast: Gewähre uns, dass wir, die wir im Glauben das Licht seiner Erscheinung betrachten, gestärkt werden unser Kreuz zu tagen und verwandelt werden in seine Gestalt von Herrlichkeit zu Herrlichkeit; durch Jesus Christus, unseren Herrn, der lebt und regiert mit dir und dem Heiligen Geist, ein Gott, von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit. Amen.

L'ultima domenica dopo l'Epifania
O Dio, che prima della passione del tuo unico Figlio prediletto rivelò la sua gloria sul santo monte: concedi che noi, contemplando per fede la luce del suo volto, possiamo essere rafforzati per portare la nostra croce ed essere simili a Lui nella gloria; per mezzo di Gesù Cristo nostro Signore, che vive e regna con te e lo Spirito Santo, un solo Dio, nei secoli dei secoli. Amen.

Ultimo Domingo después de la Epifanía
Oh Dios, que antes de la pasión de tu unigénito Hijo, revelaste su gloria en el monte santo: Concédenos que, al contemplar por fe la luz de su rostro, seamos fortalecidos para llevar nuestra cruz y ser transformados a su imagen de gloria en gloria; por Jesucristo nuestro Señor, que vive y reina contigo y el Espíritu Santo, un solo Dios, por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

Pray with us in the  2019 Convocation Cycle of Prayer  available here
Invitation to Consecration Weekend Events
April 5-7, 2019
Please RSVP! Thanks!
Upcoming Convocation Events
European Institute of Christian Studies
Academy for Parish Leadership

"Experiencing the Holy"

Join us May 3-5, 2019 in Haus Sankt Ulrich in Augsburg, Germany.
Registration is now open: Click Here

Leading the discussions will be our presenters:
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, PhD. ,
Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia, USA

The Rev. James Barney Hawkins IV, PhD ., Vice President for Institutional Advancement and the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor in Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education at Virginia Theological Seminary

This year's program on “Experiencing the Holy” addresses various aspects of life in the Church – formation, welcome, music, teaching and spirituality. 

How do we understand what we are doing in and for the worship service, and how do we interact with others? 

How do we enhance worship in our own parishes and missions?
In addition to presentations and full group discussions, we will have
  • breakout groups for the same function
  • breakout groups from the same parish
  • space for reflection on what is it you personally do and why
  • ways to own, accept and honor those in other groups in their own contexts
Who is invited? 
  • Worship Committee
  • Vestry
  • Altar Guild
  • Greeters
  • Choir
  • Acolytes. and Eucharistic Ministers
  • Sunday School Teachers
  • Anyone interested in the worship service
EICS will pay for lodging, food and travel for up to 3- 4 persons per parish/mission.
2017 APL at Schloss Fürstenried, Munich, Germany
Ordination of Jean Dumond Chavanne - March 3
Jean Dumond Chavanne is scheduled to be ordained at the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Sunday, March 3, at 11 a.m. Dumond came to us as an ordinand of the Diocese of Haiti where Bishop Zaché Duracin is the current Bishop. However, he was later accepted into our ordination process, being sponsored by the Cathedral in Paris.

During his time in France, he has completed both a master in pedagogy as well as theological studies at the Institut catholique and the Institut protestant de Paris. In the summer, the European Institute of Christian Studies (EICS) administered the General Ordination Exam (in French) and has certified his formation.

Dumond and wife Rolande are active parishioners at the cathedral. Dumond and his family hope one day to return to their homeland and serve the Church as priest and teacher.
Annual Spirituality Conference - March 29-31
presented by COMB (Commission on the Ministry of the Baptized)

"Praised be you my Lord through Sister Water:
The Spirituality of Water"

Retreat Leader: The Rev. Canon Christopher Jage-Bowler
Weekend Retreat: March 29-31, 2019
The Guesthouse of the Missionsbenediktinerinnen, Tutzing Germany
The Rev. Canon Christopher Jage-Bowler is the chaplain of St. George’s Anglican Church in Berlin, a chaplaincy of the Church of England Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe. Born in Northampton, he studied theology in Cambridge and India before he was ordained at Bristol Cathedral. He is the long-term co-chair of the Council of Anglican/Episcopal Churches in Germany. For many years Christopher was the area dean for Germany. He is specifically interested in inter-religious dialogue and spirituality. In 2006 Christopher introduced the ‘Pfarrer vs. Imame’ (Pastors vs. Imams) inter-religious football game in Berlin.

Registration and other Information be found here
Bishop Transition
Bishop Whalon
Convocation Seal
Bishop-elect Edington
Everyone is invited, especially to the Celebration of Ministry on Friday, April 5 and of course to the Ordination and Consecration service on Saturday, April 6. You will find a full timetable for the weekend below.

Registration is requested for ALL attendees.
  • To register, simply follow link button below to the online registration.
  • A list of hotels is available on the Europe Bishop Search Website button

Please register as soon as you can, so the organizers can plan properly for the weekend events.
Friday's Celebration of Ministry to feature
regional/national delicacies!
Parishes and missions are requested to bring culinary specialties with them for the celebration on Friday evening, and they have received an email from the transition committee to this effect. We also ask that all parishes and missions bring their banners with them, as they will form part of the procession into the cathedral.


The whole Convocation is invited both to the farewell and welcome celebration on Friday evening and to the Ordination and Consecration on Saturday! 

 The chairs and members of the Council of Advice and the Search and Transition Committees will be acting as hosts. We hope especially to see the lay and clergy leadership of all our parishes and mission congregations, as well as leaders and members of all the Convocation commissions and committees. We ask that the parishes and missions please bring their banners with them again. For clergy and clergy spouses and partners there is also an additional event on Friday morning. If you are planning on coming, we suggest that you start making arrangements for travel and accommodation now! We have not pre-booked any hotels, but the various hotel and travel websites all have good offers … if you book in time.    Here   is a list of hotel options near the cathedral.

Here's the full timetable for the Consecration weekend:

Thursday, April 4:
Friday, April 5:
  • 8:30 a.m. Council of Advice meeting.
  • 10:00 a.m. Press briefing (Presiding Bishop and Bishop-elect). 
  • 11:00 a.m. Presiding Bishop meets with convocation clergy.Convocation clergy spouses/partners meet with Bishop spouse and Bishop-Elect’s spouse. 
  • 12:15 p.m. Presiding Bishop blesses the Cathedral’s Mission Lunch 
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch for Presiding Bishop, convocation clergy and spouses.
  • 1:30 p.m. Commission of Ministry of the Baptized (COMB) meeting
  • 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Consecration rehearsal, in Cathedral nave

Friday Evening, April 5
  • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Farewell and Welcome Celebration for Bishop and Bishop-elect. 
Saturday, April 6
  • 10:30 a.m. Gathering celebration and music 
  • 11:00 a.m. Ordination and Consecration Service 
  • 1:30 p.m. Stand-up light reception lunch.

Sunday, April 7

  • 11:00 a.m. Presiding Bishop celebrates and preaches at the Cathedral. 

  • Reception following
A new Bishop requires many items to fulfil his duties in various liturgical settings – crozier, pectoral cross, ring and several different articles and colors of vestments. Historically these are given as gifts from institutions and individuals. In Mark’s case the Presiding Bishop, Mark’s diocese and parish, and his family and friends have offered many items and only some of the vestments remain to be purchased. The vestries of most of our Convocation congregations are organizing a donation in the name of the congregation as a whole. Please check with your rector/vicar/local coordinator about how and when this is happening.

Individuals are also welcome to donate. If you are part of a parish or mission, your congregation will pool these gifts from all the Convocation congregations to purchase the missing items. If not, and you are interested in contributing, please contact   for details. 

Thank you for your support

OUR GIFT  : The Whalon Fund for the Creative Arts

From The Rev. Sunny Hallanan....

I hope you will all encourage your congregations, individual members and friends of Bishop Whalon and of the Convocation to give to the fund. 

It really IS a gift for ourselves as well as in honor of Bishop Pierre. 

A great way to help people get the idea of what it’s about is the short video which Felicity Handford and Christof Herpel put together.

There is now a copy posted at:

PLEASE TRY TO SHOW IT at your AGM and to your vestries or other boards — it is UNDER 3 MINUTES long!

I’ve been asked what the suggested amount is for each person to give. I suggest that you think of one ‘arts-related’ activity you enjoy and give the equivalent of participating in that event one time. For example, I go to the opera at the cinema. My ticket costs @ €20 and I get dinner before and ice-cream at intermission. So my total for the event is €45 and that would be my suggested contribution. Someone else might make a trip to a museum, which would cost 20 all-together, and someone else might go to real-live opera, which would be over 100. You get the idea… If everyone in the Convocation gave the amount of one arts experience we would have a total big enough to invest and use the fund income to provide lots of great arts-evangelism throughout the convocation for the future.

Of course, you don’t have to wait to already begin to contribute to this fund. Just follow the instructions at 

Questions? The Rev Sunny Hallanan,   

Other Convocation Events

  • March 7-9: CAECG in Bonn, Germany

  • March 8-10: Visitation at Italian missions and at Buon Pastore in Milan, Italy

  • March 12-15 House of Bishops

  • April 5: Farewell and Welcome Celebration at the Cathedral in Paris at 6:30 p.m.

  • April 6: Ordination and Consecration of the new Bishop in Charge at the Cathedral in Paris at 11:00 a.m.

  • April 7: Presiding Bishop preaching at the Cathedral in Paris at 11:00 a.m.

  • April 7 - 21: Bishop Mark resident at Church of the Ascension in Munich

  • May 3-5: APL "Experiencing the Holy" in Augsburg, Germany

  • May 30 - June 2: Ascension Weekend Youth Events: YAE in Wiesbaden; JAE in Waterloo

  • June 23-26 Clericus

  • September 4-7: CAECG Meeting

  • September 17-20 House of Bishop Meeting

  • October 24-27: 2019 Convocation Convention - Geneva, Switzerland 
Regarding Allegations of Clergy Sexual Abuse
Important information on the lifting of the Statute of Limitation regarding clergy sexual abuse...

Let it be known that for three years in the Episcopal Church there is no statute of limitation on clergy sexual abuse. Every diocese has a confidential way to make a report. In Europe here is ours:
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