September 2019
Convocation Newsletter
September 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
2019 Annual Convocation Convention
The 2019 Convocation Convention (October 24-27) will be hosted by Emmanuel Church in Geneva ,
and take place at the Château de Bossey

The Convention will be held at the Château de Bossey, which is near Céligny, Switzerland, in a lovely location overlooking Lake Léman (Lake Geneva) and the Alps. It is the home of the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches which offers ecumenical studies to students from around the world. As well as enjoying the beautiful location, it will also give us an opportunity to interact with the students at Bossey from around the world, especially during lunch. There is ample parking.

The Rev. Tom Brackett, Chair of Church Planting and Redevelopment, for the Episcopal Church will be the convention speaker.

For further information see the Convention webpage

Almighty and everlasting Father, you have given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we pray, with his grace and presence, the bishops and the other clergy and the laity soon to be assembled in your Name, that your Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and gave himself for it, your Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Council of Advice Report – September 2019
The Council of Advice met in Wiesbaden Germany on September 5-7, hosted by Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury.

Items covered in the meeting included parish and mission congregation reports from liaisons, updated safeguarding policy to protect children and vulnerable adults, governance and risk issues, a final report on October 2019 Geneva convention planning, and finalizing the 2020 Convocation budget that will be presented in Geneva. 

In addition, the Rev. Tom Brackett of the Episcopal Church Center joined the meeting and gave a presentation on church and mission planting.

Discussions also were dedicated to the future health and growth of the Convocation, including on:

  • The process and communications for future missions to ensure that there has been consistency in formation and clarity in commitments.
  • Governance in general, including reviewing the objectives of Convocation commissions and committees to ensure they meet our current needs.
  • Potential grants from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, the legal and business arm of the national church. 

The Council is a canonical committee that advises Bishop-in-Charge Mark Edington in carrying out his responsibilities in the Convocation. If you would like to learn more about the Council of Advice and its current members, please visit:  Council of Advice

We look forward to seeing many of you at Convention in Geneva !
Upcoming Convocation Events
Fall of 2019

  • October 22-24: COMB Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland


  • November 14: "Mission Ensemble" Meeting, Brussels, Belgium (Old Catholic - Episcopal joint ministry in Wallonia)

Looking toward 2020

  • February 10-13: Clergy Retreat

  • March 12-14: CAECG Meeting, Hamburg, Germany

  • March 20-22: Spirituality Retreat, Rome, Italy

  • April 17-19: VOCARE, Young Adults Weekend, Berlin, Germany

  • May 1-3: "Mission Festival" - Augsburg Germany

  • October 22-25: 2020 Convocation Convention
Youth Ministry
Join us for a weekend of fun, fellowship and fundamentals.
of Youth Ministry...
  • Hands on tips & techniques
  • Relationships & Behavioral Management
  • Our spiritual walks -Meditation
  • Worship
Santa Maria a Ferrano Retreat Center
50060 Diacceto-Pelago (Florence) Italy
Looking ahead to November:

Wilhelm-Kempf-Haus, Wiesbaden, Germany

Vocational Discernment Weekend - Strasbourg
Vocational Discernment Weekend
sponsored by the Commission on the Ministry of the Baptized
Friday through Sunday, 22-24 November 2019
Centre Culturel St. Thomas
Strasbourg, France
Hosted by The Rt Rev. Mark Edington , Bishop
Meditations by The Rev. Dr. Shane Scott-Hamblen Canon Educator for Italian-Language Ministry in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe

For information check out the COMB site here or contact:
Mary Ellen Dolan at or 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.

News from Christ Church in Clermont-Ferrand
Fall kick-off in
After their summer of afternoon services, Christ Church returned to their 10:30 a.m. Service on September 1. "So blessed & thankful, Reverend Canon Mary Haddad (Canon at the Cathedral in Paris) has visited Christ Church and it's an amazing Sunday service with many Children and new comers! Blessings to all School going Children and to all, Have a Wonderful Week!"

After the Sunday Service, the congregation joined the anglophone community at Parc Montjuzet for the Welcome Back Picnic, where many new contacts were made.

New Ministry in Tbilisi Georgia
Tbilisi Ministry to be welcomed to Convention
At the September meeting, the Bishop and the Council of Advice approved the recommendation of the Committee on Mission Congregations to invite St. Nino's mission in Tbilisi Georgia to be a specialized mission in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe.

We will welcome the congregation to the councils of the church in our Convocation Convention in Geneva in October.

Sacramental ministry and oversight will be provided through monthly visits by Convocation priests under the leadership of the Rev. Sunny Hallanan , Rector of All Saints in Waterloo, Belgium.

Please keep this new ministry in your prayers.
Ministry in Central Germany
Thuringia Ministry in the local newspaper...
The Rev. Scott Moore was recently interviewed in a local newspaper featuring the new Episcopal ministry in Weimar/Erfurt in the former East German State of Thuringia.

Council of Anglican and Episcopal Churches in Germany (CAECG) Meeting in Stuttgart
CAECG met in Stuttgart, Germany, on September 12-14. The Convocation was represented by lay and clergy delegates from Munich, Augsburg, Frankfurt, and Wiesbaden, as well as by the Bishop and Archdeacon. Our Bishop, The Rt Rev Mark Edington, and The Rt Rev Robert Innes, Bishop of the Church of England's Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe, shared a session on the cooperative work of both jurisdictions in Europe. Guest speakers Diane Craven and Harvey Howlett led the group in a workshop on the topic of "Intergenerational Work, Worship, and Witness." Bishop Mark preached at the closing Eucharist. Co-chairs of the CAECG standing committee are The Rev Canon Christopher Jage-Bowler of St. George's in Berlin representing the Church of England and The Rev. Christopher Easthill of St. Augustine of Canterbury in Wiesbaden representing the Episcopal Church. Other convocation CAECG standing committee members are Yvonne Cockcroft of Munich, and Heidi Grau-Easthill of Wiesbaden.

Clergy Transitions
The Rev. Stéphanie Burette
Deacon Stéphanie was ordained in June and is working at St. George's in Jerusalem in the coming academic year.

The Rev. Jean Dumond Chavanne
Deacon Dumond was ordained in March in Paris. He maintains his connection with the American Cathedral and is active at the Convocation level.

The Rev. Dr. Allison Gray
Dr. Allison Gray is a priest, currently of the Church of England, who has been appointed Priest Associate at Church of the Ascension in Munich. She also spoke recently to the Clericus gathering in June.

The Rev. Dorothee Hahn
Rev. Dorothee has completed her time as an Appointed Missionary of the Episcopal Church in Romania. She has returned to Munich and is discerning ministry options for the future. She is Priest Associate at the Church of the Ascension in Munich.

The Rev. Canon Mary Haddad
After an energetic five years as Cathedral Canon, the Rev. Mary Haddad will resign her post at the end of December and take a year-long sabbatical from activities at the Cathedral. Canon Mary will continue to make Paris her home, staying active in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. She looks forward to returning to the Cathedral in semi-retirement capacity thereafter.

The Rev. Maria Vittoria Longhitano
Madre Maria Vittoria and her family have relocated from Milan in northern Italy to Catania in Sicily. Both Maria Vittoria and husband Andrea Lanza have new teaching positions there. Maria Vittoria has left Gesu Buon Pastore and will work with her existing diaspora mission groups in Sicily.

The Rev. Stephen McPeek
Deacon Steve is a transitional deacon from the Diocese of Hawaii. He is assigned to St. Augustine in Wiesbaden, and will work in mission development. He begins October 1.

The Rev. Canon Shane Scott-Hamblen, Th.D.
Canon Shane is working for the convocation as Canon Educator for Italian-language ministry. His work began in August. He will be resident at St. Paul's Within the Walls in Rome. This appointment is for six months.

The Rev. Steven Smith
Fr. Steve has relocated to Bucharest, Romania, where he is working for a charity, which ministers to orphaned children. He will continue to be canonically resident in the Convocation.

The Rev. Clair Ullmann
Rev. Clair is now Priest Associate at Church of the Ascension in Munich. She and husband Rainer continue their ministry in Mühlbach am Hochkönig in Austria.

The Rev. Deacon Beth Wagner
Deacon Beth is working as deacon at St. Boniface in Augsburg and has assisted in other German congregations. She is transferring her canonical residence to the Convocation.
Congregational Transitions
Christ the King, Frankfurt, Germany
The Rev. Edda Wolff is the Interim. The parish profile is almost complete and the exact parameters of the position are being developed in a consultation between the vestry and the convocation office.

St. James, Florence, Italy
The Rev. Andrew Cooley is the interim. The parish self-study process will begin soon.

Ascension, Munich, Germany
The Rev. Allan Sandlin is the interim.

Christ Church, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Services and programs are continuing with strong lay leadership and visiting clergy, as options for the future are explored.

Gesù Buon Pastore, Milan, Italy
Representatives from the Council of Advice and the Committee on Mission Congregations have met with the Gesu Buon Pastore congregation to explore options for the future. Services continue under lay leadership.

American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
The position of Canon Pastor will be open beginning in January 2020. Details of the position description are being developed.
Sermons Online
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. 
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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