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February 8, 2024

This issue's header photo was taken last week during the Annual Clergy Retreat at Camp Mokulē'ia on O'ahu, that was led by Bishop Bob Fitzpatrick (far right). Read more under the Feature Stories section further below. (Photo: Camp staff)

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.

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Annual Clergy Retreat Held at Camp Mokulē'ia

This year's annual clergy retreat took place at Camp Mokulē'ia, January 29-31, 2024. Over two dozen clergy gathered together for the retreat which was led by Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick. The tranquility and breathtaking scenery of the Camp, combined with cooler trades, made for an idyllic setting that went perfectly with the retreat's theme: ​ "Examining the Examen" – the Ignatian process of reviewing our actions in the presence of God. ​​READ MORE

Holy Nativity Celebrates 75 Years!

On Sunday, January 28, 2024, Bishop Bob Fitzpatrick and Bea joined the folks at Holy Nativity Church in ʻĀina Haina, for a joyous 75th anniversary celebration that included five confirmations and a lunch reception afterwards. Pictured above left are the newly confirmed with Bishop Bob, Rector Libby Berman (far left) and Associate Rector Jenn Latham (far right), (not in order) Kirin Hino, Carter Holden, Olesya Noerper, Taireva Thompson and Isaiah Zitz. Above right right, Catherine Nurmi was received into the Episcopal Church. Below are more pictures of the event including a pre-service breakfast meeting with the Bishop. (Contributed photos)


Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.

Registration is now open!

Annual Chrism Mass & ChurchBiz Conference

All are invited to attend the Diocese's annual Chrism Mass and ChurchBiz Conference (formerly Spring Training) that will be taking place on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. The theme is "Lessons Learned" as we take a look at the impact recent catastrophies have had on our churches in the Diocese. Both COVID and the Maui wildfires have presented many challenges that we continue to learn from.

The day will begin at 9:00 AM with the Chrism Mass and Eucharist that will include the Renewal of Clergy Vows and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. ChurchBiz will commence immediately following the Chrism Mass with guest speakers talking on a variety of topics such as insurance, church records, agreements, leases, licenses, and much more. 

Cost is only $20 and includes lunch. Free child care and scholarships are available. The Diocese will cover the cost of airfare for two persons from each neighbor island congregation. For more information and to register, visit the event webpage HERE.

2024 Lent Resources

This year, Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent begins on February 14. Listed are just a few of the many resources available from The Episcopal Church website and partners to help guide you through this season of solemnity. Click on hyperlinked titles to go to that resource: (Be sure to also check out the Creation Care section in this issue for their Lenten reource.)

  • Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent (Join the Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, rector of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Gladwyne, Penn., as she introduces weekly lessons from Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent. These eight videos- one for each of the Life Transformed sessions and an introduction – can be used with your congregation, as part of a small group, or for individual learning and meditation.) For Bulletin Inserts, click HERE.
  • Gratitude: 40 Days of Grateful Presence (From UTO, sign up for daily texts and find free Lenten materials for your congregations and families.)
  • 2024 Lenten Meditations (From Episcopal Relief & Development- ERD, Receive daily meditations by email each day and download resources to use with your community)
  • Lent Madness - (Now in its 15th year, Lent Madness is a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints, in a tournament-like "contest" for the Golden Halo.)
  • Lesson Plans that Work - (These six vignettes invite us to take a closer look at the choices we are making in our lives and what we might choose to jettison, correct, or add.)

Clergy Transitions...

The Rev. Diane Martinson

We bid a fond aloha to the Rev. Diane Martinson, who has been faithfully serving in the Diocese for over two decades, most recently at St. Peter's in Honolulu since 2013. In March, Diane will be heading home to Wisconsin to be closer to her family. The decision was a difficult one, and she shared the following heartfelt message.

Thank you for welcoming me into this Diocese as a fellow priest under Called to Common Mission. It has been a blessing to serve with you over these years, and I have deeply appreciated walking this journey of faith with you. The sojourner imagery of the Bible called to me early in life and I moved quite a bit, but here I found a home that makes this move most difficult. I treasure memories of so many dear people and experiences over these past 23 years of ministry in these special islands. Thank you, and God bless the continued ministry of this Diocese.

Aloha & Best Wishes Diane!

The Rev. Amy Crowe

Congratulations to the Rev. Amy Crowe who will be working with Pacific Health Ministry (PHM) as their Maui Disaster Recovery Spiritual Care Program Coordinator. PHM has received a grant from Lutheran Disaster Relief which is assigned to help with Maui recovery efforts. The Rev. Anke Flohr, Executive Director of PHM, says that part of this new position "is to meet within the ecumenical and interfaith Maui circles of pastors, priests, ministers, lay leaders and their communities who were traumatized by the Maui fire devastation, and to hear their perspectives, identify their concerns, and name the gaps in service that need to be addressed." Amy will nurture/coordinate ongoing support groups as needed to focus on grief, trauma recovery, and cultural issues.

Applications now being accepted!

Student Scholarships for 2024-2025 School Year

It's that time of year when applications for two Diocesan student scholarship opportunities are made available for the 2024-2025 school year. They are:

  • The Bishop's Scholarship Fund
  • The Chang Clergy Children's Scholarship Fund

Deadline for submission is Friday, April 4, 2024, at 4:00 PM. For more information and to download the application packet, visit the Diocesan website HERE. Should you have any questions, please contact Nani Carroll, Executive Assistant to the Bishop, by email HERE or call her at (808) 536-7776, x 302.

Upcoming Activities at Camp Mokulē'ia: Register Now!

It's a busy year at Camp Mokulē'ia with a ton of events and activities lined up! Don't miss out on the following Spring and Summer offerings. For summer camp, register early and save:

Annual Diocesan Youth Retreat with Erin Wolf

April 12-14

6th -12th graders come together for fun and learn how to grow in Christ. Visit the Camp website HERE, download the event flyer HERE, or register now HERE.

Counselor In Training Program

June & July 2024

This PAID program gives 11th and 12th graders a fun and meaningful way to gain professional and life skills for college and future jobs. Click HERE for full description and to apply.

2024 Summer Camp Program

June & July 2024

* 4 different weeks of Residential (sleep away) camp for campers who have finished grades 2-12

* 1 week for young adults with special needs (ages 18-35)

* 1 week of Adventure camp for campers grades 6-8.

Register HERE. Check out all the fun on this video

LENT RESOURCE: RENEWING GOD'S CREATION DAILY MEDITATIONS - Lent invites us to reflect on our relationships with God, each other, and the Earth upon which all life depends. The Creation Care Leadership Circle, a small group in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts that advises our Missioner for Creation Care, invites you to sign up to receive an inspirational daily meditation (including a short quote and an image) during the Forty Days of Lent. The quotes come from diverse sources as we honor the wisdom of many voices and traditions. Please join us for our third annual series of Lenten meditations as we contemplate the gift of the natural world and our calling to reconcile humanity with the rest of God’s creation. Register HERE.

2024 Vestry Orientation (New or not!) - February 10, 2024 (Virtual)

2024 Chrism Mass & ChurchBiz - March 23, 2024, The Cathedral of St. Andrew, O'ahu

2024 Diocesan Youth Retreat - April 12-14, Camp Mokulē'ia, O'ahu


Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.



Coming Up! Free Screening of The Philadelphia Eleven

Mark your calendars and be sure to attend a free screening of The Philadelphia Eleven on Sunday, February 18, 2024, 5:00 PM in The Cathedral's Davies Hall!

In an act of civil disobedience, a group of women and their supporters organize their ordination to become Episcopal priests in 1974. In this feature-length documentary film, we meet the women who succeed in building a movement that transforms an age-old institution, and challenges the very essence of patriarchy within Christendom.

This event is FREE!!! Please RSVP by emailing the Cathedral Office HERE or through Eventbrite HERE where you can learn more about the film that includes a trailer.

Cathedral Organ Restoration Project Has Begun!

Exciting work has begun on the Cathedral of St. Andrew's historic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ! The Cathedral is fortunate to have Rosales Organ Builders restore our organ to better-than-new condition and provide a new four-manual console. Rosales is considered one of the top builders today. 

Currently, large portions of the organ are being removed and will be shipped to California for restoration by specialists. Later in 2024, a completely new four-manual console will be built to replace our current outdated and malfunctioning console. The largest single portion of the project, the console will account for about 40% of the total project cost. Then, in late 2024 and early 2025, restoration project work will include returning the organ portions that have been shipped to California for renovation, as well as revoicing of existing pipes.

The total project cost is just under $800,000. A 10% deposit has been funded from the organ fund and general operations. A memorial gift is paying for the console portion, and the remaining 50% will need to be raised through grants and gifts from generous donors like you. The restoration project will take over a year, but the organ should be ready to serve another half-century before needing another renovation. (Excerpts and photos from the Cathedral e-news as reported by Nicholas Keone Lee, Director of Music, and Mark Wong, Cathedral Organist)

HAWAI'I ISLAND: Tomorrow! Mardi Gras at St. Jude's

St. Jude's will be serving up delicious jambalaya, red beans, cornbread and desserts on Friday, February 9, 2024, beginning at 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Are all invited for this free dinner and a fun-filled evening! St. Jude's is located at 92-8606 Paradise Circle in Ocean View. For more information, call the office at (808) 939-7555.


(Visit the Diocesan website HERE for more information.)

  • NEW! O'AHU: St. Christopher's, Kailua - Nursery Caregiver (Part-time)
  • O'AHU: St. Mary's - Parish Administrator (Part-time)
  • OʻAHU: The Cathedral of St. Andrew - Seeking Volunteer Docents
  • OʻAHU: St. Stephen's Church, Wahiawa - Organist (Part-time)
  • HAWAI'I ISLAND: Holy Apostles - Minister of Music (Part-time)

The Episcopal Church & Beyond...

Presiding bishop continues to recuperate at home, resumes some light-duty work

[2/7/24] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry continues to recuperate at home, and for now will keep a modified, light-duty work schedule that excludes travel, according to a Feb. 7 press release from the church’s Office of Public Affairs. 




Reminders (Previously Announced)

HOLY INNOCENTS NOTECARDS FOR SALE - The set of 4 notecards with artwork and cross of Holy Innocents is still available for purchase. The 4.24" x 5.5" notecards features artwork by Delos Blackmar, that adorned the church's mural, altar, and pulpit, and also includes one notecard with a photo of the rooftop cross that survived the fire. The set is only $5 plus shipping. All profits will go towards Maui wildfire relief. To save on shipping costs, consider bundling your order with others, or arrange to pick them up at the Diocesan Support Center. To place your order, click HERE.

2024 CONVENTION 56 CHANGE OF DATE - Because of various scheduling issues, the Bishop has rescheduled the 2024 Annual Meeting of Diocesan Convention to Saturday, October 12 (with Education Day on Friday, October 11). As you look to elections of lay delegates at congregational annual meetings in January, and as you plan your congregational (and personal) calendars, please reserve those dates. 

Required Safe Church Training - This is a reminder that Safe Church training is mandatory for all clergy, employees, vestry members, and most volunteers. Please read The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i Safeguarding Policy and the Diocesan Safe Church Training Webpage. This training needs to be renewed every three years. Contact your church's Safe Church Administator or priest for more information, or if you have questions, email Nani Carroll.

Do you have a question? Contact us at (800) 536-7776

The Diocesan Support Center (DSC) staff is ready to help answer your questions. Some of the most common topics are listed along with the person to contact. Click on the linked name to send an email.
BISHOP (meeting with): Nani (ext. 302)
Annual Meeting: Rae (ext. 326)
Archives: Rae (ext. 326)
Budget/Finance: Sam (ext. 306)
Communications/News/Website: Sybil
Congregational Membership: Sandy (ext. 309)
Diocesan Portfolio/Investments: Sam (ext. 306)
Hiring/Human Resources: Rae (ext. 326)
Monthly Statement: Fatima (ext. 307)
Ordination/Licensed Ministries: Nani (ext. 302)
Payroll: Sam (ext. 306)
Property (Contracts, Insurance, Agreements): Rae (ext. 326)
Safe Church: Nani (ext. 302)
Stewardship: Sandy (ext. 309)
Supply/Visiting Clergy: Nani (ext. 302)
Worship/Sacraments: Sandy (ext. 309)
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