April 2019
Convocation Newsletter
April 2019
A Newsletter for Members and Friends of the Convocation of
Episcopal Churches in Europe
This is a monthly convocational newsletter.
Please direct any comments to news@tec-europe.org
 Χριστός ἀνέστη! 
Cristo è risorto! 
Der Herr ist auferstanden! 
Christ est ressuscité. 
¡Aleluya! Cristo ha resucitado. 
Kristus vstal z mŕtvych! 
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Easter Day
Almighty God, who through your only begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Dio onnipotente, che attraverso il Figlio unigenito Gesù Cristo hai vinto la morte ed aperto per noi la porta della vita eterna: Fa’che noi, che celebriamo con gioia il giorno della resurrezione del Signore, possiamo essere sollevati dalla morte del peccato per mezzo del tuo spirito che da la vita per mezzo di Gesù Cristo nostro Signore, che vive e regna con te e lo Spirito Santo, un solo Dio,ora e sempre. Amen.

Allmächtiger Gott, der du durch deinen eingeborenen Sohn Jesus Christus den Tod überwunden und uns das Tor zum ewigen Leben geöffnet hast: Gewähre, dass wir, die wir mit Freude den Tag der Auferstehung des Herrn feiern, vom Tod der Sünde erweckt werden durch deinen lebenspennenden Geist; durch Jesus Christus, unseren Herrn, der lebt und regiert mit dir und dem Heiligen Geist, ein Gott, jetzt und in Ewigkeit. Amen.

Le Jour de Pâques
Dieu tout-puissant, par la victoire de ton Fils unique sur la mort, tu nous ouvres les portes de l’éternité: Nous t’en prions, puisque nous célébrons dans la joie le jour de la résurrection du Seigneur, que ton Esprit qui donne la vie nous ressuscite de la mort du péché. Par Jésus Christ notre Seigneur, qui vit et règne avec toi dans l’unité du Saint- Esprit, un seul Dieu, maintenant et toujours. Amen.

Día de Pascua
Dios omnipotente, que por medio de tu Hijo unigénito Jesucristo has vencido la muerte y nos abriste la puerta de la vida eterna: Concede a los que celebramos con gozo el día de la resurrección del Señor, que seamos resucitados de la muerte del pecado por tu Espíritu vivificador; mediante Jesucristo nuestro Señor, que vive y reina contigo y el Espíritu Santo, un solo Dios, ahora y por siempre. Amén.

Pray with us in the  2019 Convocation Cycle of Prayer  available here
Easter Message From Our Bishop
From Bishop Edington...

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

There is a slightly odd disconnect between the solemnity of Good Friday and the riotously beautiful spring weather that has warmed the earth in these days of Triduum. I can’t count the number of times I have been told by new acquaintances something along the lines of — “It’s unusually warm for this time of year. It’s almost never this beautiful. Don’t count on it always being like this!”

But perhaps at least for this year the weather itself is offering us a lesson in Resurrection. 

Yes, we have lived through our season of penitence. Yes, we have again been brought up short by our easily distracted will, by our inconstant devotion to prayer, by our failure—as we were reminded on Ash Wednesday—to commend the faith that is in us.

And yes, just as this season has drawn to a close, we have been reminded that even the majestic temples we build to glorify God can come to ruin and ashes. 

In the midst of all of this, the trees are budding and the blooms are demanding our attention. In the midst of all of this, there is new life insisting on springing forth. In the midst of all of this, the joy that is at the center of God’s love for us demands to overcome our sadness, our sourness, our exhaustion, our doubts. 

So having done our work of self-examination, let us dare to give ourselves over to joy of the abundant life Christ came to call us to. Let us share the warmth, the beauty, the life we have come to know through the radiance of Christ’s love for us, in the same way the world around us is insisting on coming back to life.

Yes, we have challenges ahead. Yes, there are difficult questions we are called to face with the courage of disciples: How to care for the least and the lost, how to care for God’s creation as faithful stewards, how to live as people of faith among people of other faiths and none.

But in all of this, as Bishop Curry has reminded us right in our own cathedral, we must be not just proclaimers but examples of the way of love for all people. People have to see in us that we are living out that new commandment Christ gave us at the end of his earthy ministry—to love each other as Jesus loved us.

When they see us sharing that love, when they see in us the joy we know because of the sure and certain hope of Resurrection, then we will be doing the work of disciples—and walking in the way of love.

So when all those unfamiliar faces show up on Easter, help them see and know the joy we have. 

When they ask whether we walk our talk, tell them about all of the ways in which we are seeking to live out our call to love through our service to others, within and beyond our churches.

And when they wonder whether it can really be true that this multinational, multilingual, cross-cultural collection of “crazy Christians” really loves each other in this way, tell them that they can always count on it being like this.

May the hope of the Resurrection be renewed in your heart, this season and always.


The Right Reverend Mark D.W. Edingtion
Bishop in Charge
Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
The Easter Message from the Presiding Bishop

See the Presiding Bishiop's message here
Consecration Weekend
Spring 2019 Trinité Magazine is online
Read all about the Consecration Weekend in the Spring edition of Trinité!

Other articles include:
  • Behind the scene at the ordination
  • The Presiding Bishop's cathedral visit
  • A boyhood at the cathedral remembered, by Charles Trueheart
  • The German Pastor, Rudolf Damrath, at the American Cathedral from 1942 to 1944 during the Nazi occupation of Paris
  • A visit to Maria Luise Damrath
  • Cathedral volunteers
  • Other activities
  • Bishop-elect's article.
Here are important links of Interest:
  • Order of Service for the Ordination and Consecration click here 
  • The complete Service can be viewed on YouTube click here
  • For the text of the sermon by the Very Reverend Andrew B. McGowan, Ph.D. Dean and President, and McFadden Professor of Pastoral Theology and Anglican Studies Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, click here
  • Hear the Presiding Bishop's sermon from Sunday, April 7, here

The consecration weekend, beginning the Celebration of Ministry on Friday, April 5, through to the Reception after the Ordination and Consecration service on Saturday, April 6, was a glorious celebration of our mutual ministry in Europe: past, present, and future. Thanks to everyone who made it so glorious.
The Friday evening "Farewell and Welcome" festivities were very ably hosted by Cathedral member, President of the Council of Advice and Transition Committee co-chair, Anne Swardson. Thanks, Anne, for all your hard work!
The text of the sermon preached at the ordination liturgy by the Very Reverend Andrew B. McGowan, Ph.D. Dean and President, and McFadden Professor of Pastoral Theology and Anglican Studies Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University is   here.
The Presiding Bishop presides at the Cathedral!
Before a packed church (with standing room only, Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry preached a dynamic and powerful sermon on the Gospel of God's Love at  The American Cathedral in Paris on Sunday, April 7. Listen to his sermon at the link here.
Words of Thanks....
Although words cannot fully express one's thanks, they are important ways that we try to communicate our gratitude. Please read these words of thanks....

Thanks from the Transition Committee - here
  • Collage of Consecration Volunteers - here

A word of thanks from Bishop Edington - here

A world of thanks and farewell from Bishop Pierre and Hélène Whalon - here
Upcoming Convocation Events

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

  • June 7-9 Youth 20s Weekend - Frankfurt

  • June 8-9 Pentecost: Bishop Visitation at Cathedral in Paris FR

  • June 14-17: Visitation at St. James in Florence IT

  • June 23-26 Clericus

  • June 27-29 COMB Meeting - Strasbourg

  • September 4-7: CAECG Meeting

  • September 17-20 House of Bishop Meeting

  • September 20-22 Youth Leaders Retreat at Santa Maria a Ferrano

  • October 24-27: 2019 Convocation Convention - Geneva, Switzerland 
La cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
A Message from Convocation and from the Episcopal Church

The cathedral of Notre Dame is more than an icon of the city of Paris; it is an ancient place of worship at which Christians have gathered for nearly a thousand years. In this most sacred of weeks in the Christian year, all Christians mourn the damage caused by the ravages of a terrible and destructive fire in that holy place. 

The Episcopal Church throughout Europe, with its seat in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris, expresses its sympathy to the people of Paris and to all who sense the immense loss of this priceless and historic house of worship. We extend to Archbishop Aupetit and to all his people our sincere condolences and our readiness to offer any hospitality that would be of help to the community and congregation of Notre Dame in this most holy season of the faith we share. And we send our prayers in this week that ends in what we know to be the sure and certain promise of resurrection for the future life and restoration of this monument of Christian faith. 

The Right Reverend Mark D.W. Edington
Bishop in Charge, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe

The Very Reverend Lucinda Laird
Dean, American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Paris

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry
27th Primate and Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church
A Fire That Rekindles
The Right Reverend Mark D.W. Edington's article in the Living Church on enduring faith and the devastating Notre Dame fire on Holy Monday, in a “Letter from Europe” by our Bishop in Charge: click here
DEAN LAIRD TALKS TO PBS NEWS HOUR / Watch the news feature
Young Adult Gathering
Registration is open for the Convocation’s 20’s weekend in Frankfurt. Contact  yaetwenties@gmail.com .

Retreat Opportunities in Tuscany

The  2019 Program  of the Convocation's retreat house, Santa Maria a Ferrano in Tuscany near Florence, has just been published.

Retreat House director, the Rev. Thomas Müller, hopes "to see members or friends of your communities in the course of the year for an event or a visit and that you will discover Santa Maria as a resource for you in the Convocation!"

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,  rector@allsaints.be    

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:
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 4e 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. 
  Check out the latest edition of The Read Thread
Read the latest on what's going on in the wider church
and much more....
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                                                   Hymn 347 - Holy Eucharist; Music: Litton 
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