December 2018
Convocation Newsletter
Advent/Christmas 2018
A Newsletter for Members and Friends of the Convocation of
Episcopal Churches in Europe
This is a monthly convocational newsletter.
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The Bishop in Charge and the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe wish all a Holy and Joyous Christmas and God's Blessing and Guidance in the New Year

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born this day of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Pray with us in the 2019 Convocation Cycle of Prayer - available here
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Christmas message 2018
'Love came down at Christmas, because God so loved the world,
that he gave, even to the point of risking his own son'

Bishop Transition
Bishop Whalon
Convocation Seal
Bishop-elect Edington
 The Rev. Mark D.W. Edington of the Diocese of Massachusetts has been elected the next Bishop in Charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. He was elected on the eighth ballot on October 20, 2018. The election took place during the annual Convention of the Convocation in All Saints Church in Waterloo Belgium. 

For the latest information about the transition process, see the most recent Bishop Search/Transition Update


Historically the new bishop is given gifts of the many required items – crozier, pectoral cross, ring and vestments. The Presiding Bishop and Bishop-elect Mark Edington‘s diocese and parish have offered some of them, but the vestments remain to be purchased.

We hope the Convocation churches can join together to do that. We are accepting donations of any size in U.S. dollars and euros. If you are interested in contributing, please contact for details. Thank you for your support
The Whalon Fund
for the
Creative Arts

From The Rev. Sunny Hallanan.... "When I think about our going-away gift for Bishop Whalon, I’m reminded of the time I gave my mother a cat for her birthday. Of course it was her cat, but I and my whole family benefited from the gift for many years. In the same way, we will honor Bishop Whalon for years to come, and also benefit from this gift. 

"In the next few months every congregation and group in the church will be encouraged to take a little time to think about how creative arts enhance our relationship with God, and how we might grow spiritually as well as reach beyond our church with more opportunities in the arts, inspired by our Bishop who is himself a musician, married to someone with is also artistic. You will be hearing more ideas and details in the Epiphany season."

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,   

Annual Convention in Waterloo
The 2018 Annual Convention of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe was hosted by All Saint's Church in Waterloo, Belgium, October 18 - 21, 2018.

Thank you to the Rector (the Rev. Sunny Hallanan), Staff and Parishioners of All Saints Parish for all the hard work, which resulted in a memorable and flawlessly run convention and episcopal election. Many thanks!

In addition to the election of the Bishop of Charge, other elections took place:
  • Council of Advice (elect two in each order for a two-year term, and one in the lay order to complete a two-year term) 
  • Disciplinary Board (elect two in each order for a three-year term)
  • Observers to the Synod of the Church of England’s Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe (elect one in each order for a three-year term)

The newly constituted Council of Advice is made up of the following members:
  • Mrs. Anne Swardson, President (Paris)
  • The Rev. Canon Michael Rusk, Secretary (Geneva)
  • Mr. David Case (Munich)
  • The Rev. Deacon Richard Cole (Geneva)
  • Mrs. Carole Ducastel (Waterloo)
  • The Rev. Christopher Easthill (Wiesbaden)
  • The Rev. Canon Mary Haddad (Paris)
  • Mr. Vincenzo Racana (Rome)

The newly constituted Disciplinary Board is made up of the following members:
  • Mr. Patrice Huguenin, President (Geneva)
  • The Rev. Mary Ellen Dolan, Secretary (Hungary)
  • Dr. Joshua Farrier (Frankfurt)
  • The Rev. Dorothee Hahn (Romania)
  • The Rev. Lucinda Laird (Paris)
  • The Rev. Robert Warren (Clermont-Ferrand)
  • Dr. David Lee Williams (Clermont-Ferrand)

Observers to the Synod of the Church of England's Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe:
  • The Rev. Scott Moore (Nuremberg)
  • Mr. George Battrick (Munich)
Other newly appointed or elected persons from the Convocation are:
Upcoming Convocation Events

  • December 22-23:Visitation at Ascension in Munich DE

  • February 2-3: Visitation at St. James in Florence, Italy

  • February 4-7 Clergy Retreat

  • February 9-10: Visitation at Christ Church, Clermont-Ferrand FR

  • February 16-17: Visitation at All Saints in Waterloo, BE and Wallonia Missions

  • 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

  • April 6: Ordination and Consecration of the new Bishop in Charge at the Cathedral in Paris

  • April 7: Presiding Bishop preaching at the Cathedral in Paris.

  • 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 17-21 Clericus

  • September 4-7: CAECG Meeting

  • September 17-20 House of Bishop Meeting

  • October 24-27: 2019 Convocation Convention - Geneva, Switzerland 
Clergy Transitions in the Convocation
The Rev. Canon Mark Dunnam to retire on December 31.
The Rev. Mark Dunnam will retire as Rector of St. James Church in Florence at the end of the year. His last Sunday is December 30. He has been Rector of St. James since 2009.

Fr. Mark and Dottie practiced an extensive ministry of Christian hospitality, Christian Education and outreach, for which the parish has become known.

During Fr. Mark's tenure major renovations have taken place, including the carriage house, sexton house, sacristy, and soon the rectory. The gardens have been beautified in the style of authentic Tuscan gardens. Many other additions have been made including new chalices and patens, a new Icon, and the replacement of all Eucharistic vestments. All these projects were funded by generous donations from parishioners. The parish continues to be in a very strong financial position.
Fr. Mark served on the Council of Advice, EICS Board, and most recently as co-chair of the Bishop Search and Nomination Committee. Dottie served on the Transition Committee (until prevented due to her recent illness). A lovely retirement party organized by the Wardens and Vestry of St. James, to which all clergy and Convocation leaders were invited, was held on November 30.. (Unfortunately, Dottie was not there due to her continuing convalescence in Mobile AL in the US.). Fr. Mark and Dottie will make their home in Mobile AL, but plan to spend part of each year in Europe.
The Rev. Edda Wolff , who is the Interim Minister at Christ the King in Frankfurt, will be ordained priest by Bishop Whalon on January 19, 2019. Edda was ordained Deacon on June 30, 2018 in Oxford. She is completing a PhD in theology at Cambridge University, and also completed her priestly formation at Westcott House. She has transferred into the Convocation from the Church of England. We rejoice with Edda and her husband Charles Ledbetter in anticipation of of her ordination.

She was instituted on September 9 by The Rev. Dr. Hannes Engelhardt at the request of the Bishop. Fr. Engelhardt serves as one of Deacon Wolff's mentors along with The Rev. Mary Ellen Dolan .

Ordination at Christ the King, Frankfurt, Germany
The Rev. Robert Warren accepts appointment to All Saints' in Rome
The Rev. Robert Warren has accepted an appointment as Chaplain of All Saints' Anglican Church in Rome, a Church of England chaplaincy in the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe. Rob is currently Rector of Christ Church, Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne region of central France.

Rob and wife Caireen will begin their ministry in Rome on March 1, 2019. Rob and Caireen are involved in many aspects of the life of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. They will be missed, and it is hoped that they will continue some involvement with us.

Caireen Warren will continue in her role as Chair of the Youth Commission in 2019.
The Rev. Andrew Cooley appointed Interim at St. James, Florence
The Rev. Andrew A. Cooley and his wife, Terri, will arrive at St. James in Florence on January 2, 2019. As interim Rector, he will be at St. James for a year or longer as the parish searches for its next full-time Rector.

Fr. Cooley was ordained in 1985. He brings a wealth of experience to the job as a full time Rector for 25 years at three different churches. He served 16 years at St Marks in Durango, Colorado. For the last seven years he has been a full-time Interim Rector, assisting five different parishes during their transition.
"Our Lady of St. James"
An icon at St. James Episcopal Church, Florence, Italy
New icon was dedicated on Advent III, December 16
"Our Lady of St. James" is an icon of Mary, mother of Jesus. It is a triptych (three panels) depicting scenes of Mary’s life and of women saints. This icon was commissioned by St. James Episcopal Church, Florence, Italy and is to be known as “Our Lady of St. James”. Like many renaissance paintings of scenes of the Bible, the Tuscan landscape is used as a backdrop.

When the icon of Our Lady of St. James is closed during penitential seasons, except for Sundays, the Gate of Paradise is depicted using as an image one of the great gates of St. James Church. Behind the gate in gold leaf are subtle shells, the symbol of St. James (see image at left).
The opened icon uses the front façade of St. James Church, Florence as a backdrop. First, look at the entrance of the Church. There one sees the Annunciation when the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will conceive and bear the Savior of the world. Mary’s response was “yes”. When worshippers enter into St. James Church, they are saying “yes” to God, and “yes” to the possibility of hearing the Word of God.

In the center of the central panel is a large figure of Mary. Here Mary reigns in Glory, radiant and rewarded after having lived a faithful life dedicated to God. Mary stands before the outline of the stained glass window at St. James Church of Jesus entering into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Here Mary has entered into the Heavenly Jerusalem. Mary’s cape is clasped by a shell, symbol of St. James and her robe is dotted with the giglio, symbol of the city of Florence, Italy. She stands with hands of blessing in radiance in waves of water, which represent the waters of birth and creation. Mary, Theotokos – God bearer, the Divine Feminine gazes into your eyes with deep knowing and understanding, compassion and mercy, encouraging all to continue the Journey.

The icon is quite large and measures about 3' high and 5' wide. It is located in a bay in the south aisle of the church near the narthex and has been placed in a orthodox style shrine with candles. More information can be found here and click on the above images to enlarge.

The icon was written by US-American iconographer Teresa Harrison; Concept and Design by Teresa Harrison and The Rev. Canon T. Mark Dunnam. The icon was made possible by a generous donor in the parish.
On the Ecumenical Scene
Ökumenischer Kirchentag 2021

The Rev. Christopher Easthill, Rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury in Wiesbaden is on the national planning committee of the 3rd German Ecumenical Kirchentag (Church Congress) which will take place in 2021 in Frankfurt. This event is expected to draw close to 20,000 visitors. Fr. Chris serves on the national board of the of the ACK (Arbeitskreis Christlicher Kirchen in Deutschland). The initial planning meeting was December 7-8 in at the Evangelische Akademie in Frankfurt.
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