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December 28, 2023

This issue's header photo was taken during the tri-church Lessons & Carols Christmas service at The Cathedral of St. Andrew, where Bishop Bob narrated the story of Jesus' birth. Members from The Cathedral, St. Paul's, and St. Peter's took part in this annual collaboration. See more photos of Christmas celebrations around the Diocese further below. (Screen shot from livestream)

First Sunday After Christmas

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



January 1, 2024

Feast of the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

“But when the fulfillment of the time came, God sent his Son, born through a woman, and born under the Law. This was so he could redeem those under the Law so that we could be adopted. Because you are sons and daughters, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son or daughter, and if you are his child, then you are also an heir through God.” Paulʻs Letter to the Galatians 4:4-7

Na ke aloha o ke Akua ma loko ‘o Iesu Kristo, e aloha iā ʻoukou a pau!

My Siblings in Christ Jesus, today in the Church calendar is the eighth day of Christmas and the Feast of the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. 

After the past couple years, the name of “Jesus” has become more important to me. During the COVID lockdown, I took to seriously praying with an Eastern Orthodox prayer rope (known in Greek as a κομποσκίνι [komboskini]). A prayer rope is a loop made up of complex woven knots formed with a cross of knots at the end and usually made out of wool or silk. At each knot, I typically say the “Jesus Prayer”: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.” I have a prayer rope next to my computer, in my travel bag, and hanging on the headboard of my bed. 

Though my personal prayer life continues to include study of Scripture and daily prayer (especially Morning Prayer and the Examen prayer), I have found that the use of the prayer rope and the “Jesus Prayer” gets me through long Zoom meetings and sitting in airports. More importantly during difficult times in a world of division and war, a nation filled with voices of anger and hate, and, recently, the struggles following the Maui fire, the Jesus Prayer expresses all that I cannot. This simple prayer allows the Spirit of God to speak for me: “In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans.” (Romans 8:26).

As we look to 2024, I call God’s people in the Diocese of Hawaiʻi to prayer. The late Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold (1937-2023) wrote: “Just as ‘the Spirit of the Son,’ making common cause with our own spirits, works in us Christ’s Abba relationship with the Father, so too that same Spirit gathers and reorders the disparate dimensions of our paradoxical and contradictory selves. We find ourselves, in the words of Saint Paul, ‘transformed by the renewing of [our] minds so that [we] may discern what is the will of God’ (Romans 12:2).”[i]

Prayer is our path to make sense of a sometimes harsh world and our too often cruel humanity. It is in prayer that we can still be allowed to let the Spirit pray for us and for us to know the way of love.  

Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.[ii]

May 2024 bring us all God’s love and peace.

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou!

Aloha ma ‘o Iesu Kristo, kō mōkou Haku,  


The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick

Bishop Diocesan

The Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi

[i] Mark A. McIntosh and Frank T. Griswold, Seeds of Faith: Theology and Spirituality at the Heart of Christian Belief (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2022), page 145.

[ii] Collect for the Feast of the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer (1979), page 213.

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Working Together for Lasting Change

By Cindy Schumacher, Regional Reporter

On Saturday, December 16, 2023, the Rev. Canon Sandy Graham from the Diocese of Hawai'i's Support Center, and two staff members from Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD), the Rev. Patty Baker and Ms. Tamara Plummer, met with Episcopalians from the four Maui churches at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Wailuku. Their purpose was to reflect and discuss the response work being done for the people of Lahaina since the August 8 Maui wildfires. That disaster took over 100 lives along with thousands of homes, businesses, and livelihoods, including the historic Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.

ERD works in areas across the United States that have been affected by disasters. They offer resources and training to help communities who are facing the aftermath of the disasters. “We provide emergency support, financially, spiritually and emotionally,” Rev. Baker explained. “In addition, ERD assists those volunteering their time and skills to help vulnerable groups of people make a full and sustainable recovery.” READ FULL ARTICLE


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


In the next two issues, we will be sharing photos from church e-news, social media, websites, etc., of congregations around the Diocese celebrating the Season of Christmas! If you have a special photo of your church's celebration, please share and upload them HERE. (If not already published, please be sure subjects have media clearance, and provide photo credit.)

Above: The Good Samaritan, Honolulu, 'ohana during their Advent 4 service (contributed photo); Below left: Christmas concert at Christ Memorial, Kilauea (e-news); Below right: St. Christopher's, Kailua Nativity Pageant (screen shot from live sream)

Above: St. James' beautiful evening beach mass at Kawaihae Harbor (Facebook). Below left: All Saints', Kapa'a, dance group shared special Japanese dances to Christmas carols (e-news); Below center: Lots of angels gathered at St. James', Waimea (Facebook); Below right, Halau Wa'a, Kapolei, with Christmas Eve hula (screenshot from livestream)

Above Left: St. Augustine's, Kapa'au, Candlelight Christmas Service (screenshot from livestream); Above right: St. Timothy's, 'Aiea, Nativity pageant (screenshot from livestream) ; Below: Good Shepherd, Wailuku, Nativity scene (Facebook), and at right, St. John's, Kula, version (Facebook); Bottom: Church of the Holy Apostles, Hilo, worship team (with Tessa) during a Christmas service (Facebook)

Changes to the Diocesan Prayer Calendar in 2024

Our Diocesan Prayer Calendar will look different starting 2024.

For practical reasons, we have replaced individuals' names with roles or titles "and their families." Transitions happen often and we sometimes forget to update our lists. Also, readers of our "Prayers of the People" sometimes have difficulty pronouncing names.

More importantly, we are one ‘ohana. “We have many parts in one body, but the parts don’t all have the same function. In the same way, though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other.” Romans 12:4-5 CEB

Our 2017 Strategic Plan came up with 3 goals:

(1) The Diocese is committed to developing and sustaining spiritual growth, vitality, curiosity, and well-being within our churches.

(2) The Diocese seeks to strengthen our identity as one ‘ohana and the relationships within our ‘ohana among clergy, lay leaders and congregations.

(3) The Diocese is focused on improving the capacity for communication within our congregations, across the Diocese, and into our communities as we engage in evangelism.

This revised Prayer Calendar attempts to broaden our prayer to include more than just the clergy leaders of our church and their spouses. We want to include Diocesan ministries and all family members within and without our church; we want to recognize both clergy and lay; we want to communicate that all are made in God’s image, and all are important. These changes will be reflected beginning in January 2024.

Reminder: Register for Annual Clergy Retreat 2024

All clergy in the Diocese are invited to attend the annual Clergy Retreat, taking place January 29-31, 2024, at Camp Mokulē'ia. Bishop Bob leads this year's clergy retreat in "Examining the Examen" – the Ignatian process of reviewing our actions in the presence of God. Because lodging is limited, be sure to register early to ensure a spot. (Deadline to register is January 19, or when space at the Lodge fills up.) Airfare for neighbor island clergy will be covered. For more information, visit the event webpage HERE, or contact Canon Sandy.

Holy Innocents Notecards still available!

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.


ONLINE SHOPPING - In this issue, we return to 'Iolani School's presentation at Spring Training 2023, Tip #22: Online shopping has become more popular recently, especially due to COVID. Shopping online will reduce carbon emissions if you order a lot of items at once to reduce the amount of fuel a vehicle is using to ship the items as well as reducing the amount of carbon the vehicle is emitting. You could also consider supporting businesses that are using eco-friendly packaging. Additionally, shopping locally (e.g. farmers markets) will reduce carbon emissions since the product will be only transported from the farm to the market, to your house.

2024 FORMA - January 22-25, 2024, Virtual watch parties TBA

2024 Clergy Retreat - January 29-31, 2024, Camp Mokulēʻia, O'ahu

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

2024 Spring Training - March 23, 2024, The Cathedral of St. Andrew, O'ahu


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

O'AHU: St. Timothy's Welcomes The Rev. Peter Wallace

The Rev. Peter Wallace has accepted the call to serve as the next priest of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in 'Aiea, beginning on February 16, 2024. Father Wallace is a native of West Virginia, where his father and grandfather were Methodist ministers. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Marshall University in Huntington, earned his master’s in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and completed Episcopal Studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. After his ordination as a priest in the Diocese of Atlanta in June 2014, he has served at several parishes, most recently at St. Patrick’s in Dunwoody, where he first became an Episcopalian in 1991.

Fr. Wallace's career has included serving as editor of a weekly newspaper in West Virginia, editorial director of a Christian organization, senior copywriter for an advertising agency, and for the past 22 years as president of the Alliance for Christian Media and executive producer and host of the weekly “Day1” radio and podcast program, which features outstanding preachers from The Episcopal Church and other mainline Protestant churches. He is the author or editor of 15 books, including A Generous Beckoning, The Passionate Jesus, and Getting to Know Jesus (Again). He is the father of two adult children and grandfather of three. His spouse, Dan Le, who was an engineer for 20 years and currently an academic librarian, will be retiring when they move to O'ahu.

Aloha & Welcome Father Wallace and Dan!

KAUA'I: Coming Up! New Year's Eve Benefit Concert at St. John's

The Episcopal Church on West Kaua'i (ECWK) invite all to attend a benefit concert "the Woodon Forest" on New Year's Eve, at St. John's Episcopal Church in 'Ele'ele. The concert features original composition by Joe Moore (not to be confused with the newscaster) in a "Journey Before Time." The concert will begin at 7:00 PM. St. John's is located at 322-A Mehana Rd. in 'Ele'ele. For more information, contact the church office at (808) 335-5533.

** A second concert has been added on December 30, at 7:00 PM.

HAWAI'I ISLAND: Coming Up! Mini-Concert Series at St. Augustine's

In their continuing mini-concert series, all are invited to attend the Flutes & Piano Concert at St. Augustine's, on Sunday, January 7, 2024, from 5:30 PM-6:00 PM, followed by a potluck in Walker Hall. Music will be performed by Wendy Hindley (flute), Jennifer Masada (flute), and Kirk Corey (piano). St. Augustine's is located at 54-3801 Akoni Pule Highway in Kapa'au. For more information, contact the office at (808) 889-5390.


(Visit the Diocesan website HERE for more information.)

  • 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...

Sandra Day O’Connor honored at Washington National Cathedral funeral

[12/19/23] President Joe Biden and Chief Justice John Roberts were among those who paid tribute to Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, during a livestreamed funeral held Dec. 19 at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. READ MORE



Reminders (Previously Announced)

WCM NEW CLASSES COMING UP! - On January 13, 2024, new opportunities for both lay and ordained ministry will begin. Plan to join the WCM team on Zoom, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, for: 1. Licensed Lay Ministry - Orientation session to introduce the 10-month program (meets once a month*) and answer your questions. To enter the program, you will need the support of your clergy and/or wardens. 2. Ordained Ministry - Join the Insight Space Program to start the journey for ordination as a deacon or priest. This is a 4-month required program of the Diocese for those discerning and preparing for theological education. Whether you are certain of your path or just curious, take your first steps by visiting the WCM webpage HERE, or by talking to your priest or other clergy. Then contact WCM and register to be a part of the next classes beginning on January 13, 2024.

STORYMAKERS RENEWAL AND CONTINUING PARTNERSHIP - Earlier this year, the Diocese partnered up with Storymakers NYC to provide Sunday school materials to our congregations, and covering the full cost for a year. The Diocese will continue to support the program by covering 50% of the cost. For those already using Storymakers, you should have received the special discount code, or contact Canon Sandy Graham for it. For those new to the program, visit their website for more information, then contact Canon Sandy for the code and begin using Storymaker's at half the cost!

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.

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