March 9, 2022
This issue's header photo was taken at The Cathedral of St. Andrew during their Ash Wednesday service last week. The Bishop marks Kahu Haaheo with ashes as Verger Roth Puahala awaits his turn. (Photo capture of video service, Cathedral Facebook page)
Second Sunday in Lent
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

From the Bishop
Bishop's 2022 Lenten Series Continues: Job
The Bishop's weekly 2022 Lenten series on the Book of Job & the Nature of Suffering, continues. Click on the image to watch his video message, or visit his Bible Study page on the Diocesan website HERE.
Membership of Standing Committee
Following the resignation of the Rev. Daniel Leatherman, the Standing Committee elected the Rev. Andrew McMullen (St. Michael and All Angels, Lihue, Kauai) to fill the open At-Large Clergy seat until the next Annual Meeting of Diocesan Convention in October. The continuing members of the Standing Committee are:

  • The Rev. Elizabeth "Libby" Berman - Clergy At-Large - 2024 (Holy Nativity, O'ahu)
  • Mr. William Bonnet - Lay At-Large - 2025 (St. John's, Kula, Maui)
  • Mr. John Decker - Lay At-Large - 2023 (Good Shepherd, Maui) 
  • Ms. Sylvia DeGooyer - Lay At-Large - 2022 (Holy Innocents, Maui) Secretary
  • Ms. Frances Kramer - Lay At-Large - 2024 (St. Luke's, O‘ahu)
  • The Rev. John A. Hau‘oli Tomoso - Clergy At-Large - 2025 (Diocese of Hawai‘i) President
  • The Rev. Raymond Woo - Clergy At-Large - 2022 (St. Luke's, O'ahu)



The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick
(Pronouns: he, him, his)
Bishop Diocesan
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i
Be sure to stay informed with the Bishop's latest messages by clicking on the button shown. All video messages also appear on the Dioceseʻs YouTube Channel and Facebook page.
Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.
Registrate Now! Clergy & Lay!
Annual Chrism Mass & Spring Training 2022
Join us IN PERSON for the Diocese's annual Chrism Mass & Spring Training event being held at The Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu. This event is open to all clergy and lay*. The theme for Spring Training 2022 is from our Diocesan “Anthem” commissioned from Joe Camacho: "Pili Pa’a - We stand as one"

The day will begin at 9:00 AM with a Chrism Mass and Eucharist that will include the Renewal of Clergy Vows and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. Immediately following the mass will be Spring Training 2022 sponsored by the Racial Reconciliation Task Force, and will include a variety of workshops. For more information and to register, visit the event webpage HERE.

*Note: REGISTRATION IS OPEN TO EVERYONE! Due to budget realities, we can only cover of inter-island fare for clergy and one lay person per neighbor congregation. However, if any neighbor island congregation currently has no clergy, or the priest is unable to attend, please contact the Rev. Cn. Sandy Graham HERE and the Diocese will cover the cost for two interested lay people to attend.
Summer Camp Counselors Needed!
Are you looking for a fun and meaningful summer position where you can facilitate waterfront activities, team-building, and games, while sharing your Christian faith with campers of all ages? If so, we hope you’ll apply to join our 2022 Summer Staff here at Camp Mokule’ia! Apply now! For more information, click HERE for job description and application:

If you have questions, contact the Camp's Assistant Director, Lynea Mitchell at (808) 637-6241 or email.
Donate to ERD to help Ukrainian Refugees
Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) is mobilizing with Anglican agencies and other partners in order to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Click on the link below to donate now.

Your immediate support will help Episcopal Relief & Development and other Anglican partners help in this international crisis.
Diocesan Youth Ministry Prayer Hike is Happening!
All youth (grades 6-12) are invited to participate in one of our Diocesan Youth Ministry-sponsored Prayer hikes that have been rescheduled for Saturday, March 26, 2022. Prayer hikes will be offered on three islands: ​O'ahu, Kaua'i and Hawai'i Island. All hikes will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 2:00 PM. Please register HERE, or for more information, visit the event webpage HERE. Deadline for registration is March 23, 2022
Reminder: CONHM Lenten Video Reflections
Be sure to visit the Commission on Native Hawaiian Ministry's (CONHM) webpage HERE to view some of our kanaka maoli clergy who will be offering weekly video reflections on the gospel for each Sunday during Lent. Open yourself to hear a word or theme differently, and learn something about our host culture here in these islands. Videos for the coming Sunday's gospel lesson will be posted the Thursday before.
From the Creation Care Team:
St. John's Maui Lenten Pamphlet and Calendar
The Green Team at St. John's Episcopal Church in Kula has pulled together a Carbon Fast Calendar for Lent and they are sharing it with the Diocese. The calendar includes one eco-tip towards Creation Care for each day of Lent. Instead of members giving up chocolate or soda, they can consider giving up a plastic water bottle, switching their light bulbs, learning more about composting, etc. Tips were sourced from various eco-calendars online and adapted to the church and Maui community. Click to view the Carbon Fast Calendar for Lent.
The Good Friday Offering Celebrates a Century of Gifts and Rejoices in 2000 Years of Good News
Through the years, many Episcopalians have found the Good Friday Offering to be an effective way to express their support for the ministries of the three dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Pastoral care, education, and health care continue to be primary ministries through which the reconciling spirit of the Christian faith serves all in need. Participation in this ministry is welcome. The generous donations of Episcopalians help the Christian presence in the Land of the Holy One to be a vital and effective force for peace and understanding among all of God’s children. Visit the Episcopal Church website HERE for more info.
Our Schools
Seabury Hall Partners with Assistance Dogs of Hawaii
Seabury Hall partnered with Assistance Dogs of Hawai'i to pilot a study on new ways to screen for Covid/SARS. Volunteer faculty, staff, and students will provide a skin swab sample for trained dogs to sniff. Early results show a high accuracy level in finding Covid. Seabury Hall is one of the first schools in the world to participate in the study. (Photo: Seabury Hall Facebook page)
'Iolani School's Medieval Faire
'Iolani School's Class of 2028 held its Medieval Faire on Thursday, March 3. Presented annually by sixth graders, the event includes knights, artisans, monks, jesters, archers, musicians, a royal court, and more! Lower School students, faculty, and administrators toured the grounds and savored the sounds and sights of the Middle Ages. (Photo: 'Iolani School Facebook page)
St. Andrew's Schools Spring & Summer Adventure

St. Andrew's Schools is pleased to announce its upcoming Spring and Summer programs:
  • Spring Adventure for grades K-8 (March 14-25) View the catalog for Spring Adventure
  • Summer School for grades K-12 (June 6 - July 16) View the catalog for Summer Guidebook
  • Summer Adventure for grades k-8 (July 18 - August 12) View the catalog for Summer Adventure

To register for all programs, click HERE. For more information, or if you have any questions, visit the St. Andrew's School Extended Learning webpage HERE.
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Holy Natitivy Donations to Community Organizations
Holy Nativity made generous donations to three community organizations: Wounded Warrior Project (pictured here with President Dick Rankin), Meals on Wheels, and Residential Youth Services & Empowerment. Funds were generated from their annual Fall Festival Sale last November. (Photo from The Banyan Tree newsletter)
St. Luke's Support for Ukraine Hits Close to Home
This past Sunday, folks from St Luke's sent a message of support and prayers to the people of Ukraine. A parishioner's daughter-in-law is from Ukraine where her parents and relatives are among the refugees trying to escape from the catastrophic attacks. (Contributed photo)
The Cathedral of St. Andrew currently has the following positions open:
Part-time Sexton (10-13 hours per week)
(Visit the Diocesan website HERE for Lay Position postings.)
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Reminder: This Saturday, Organ Concert at All Saints'
As part of their Makana Mele Concert series, All Saints' Episcopal Church in Kapa'a is welcoming guest organists for two very special concerts in March. This Saturday, March 12, award winning organist Alcee Chriss, III performs at 6:00 PM. The second concert will be Saturday, March 19 and feature Katelyn Emerson. For more information, visit their website HERE.
Maui Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
St. John's Episcopal is Now Accepting Names for Priest-in-Charge
St. John's Episcopal Church in Kula is excited to announce that they are now receiving names for the next Priest-in-Charge/Rector! Wonderful people in a beautiful location, St. John's has strong and healthy lay leadership with an eye toward the future and connecting with the larger community (in many cases re-connecting, given pandemic realities). This is a full-time position with rectory. For more information, please visit the Diocesan website HERE
Hawaiʻi Island
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Celebration of New Ministry
St. Augustine's in Kapa'au had a lot to celebrate on Sunday, February 27, 2022, during a Celebration of New Ministry service for their Vicar, the Rev. Jennifer Masada. She is pictured second from left with the Bishop and church leaders. (Photo capture of video service from their Facebook page)
Ashes to Go
Fr. David Stout dispenses ashes at the Kawaihae Boat Harbor on Ash Wednesday. It was a busy day with Ashes to Go and separate services at different locations. (Photo: the St. James' weekly e-news)
St. Augustine's Shop & Go Event
Mark your calendars for St. Augustine's Shop & Go Event taking place on Saturday, March 19, 2022, from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. There will be lots of great items from their Thrift Shop and Boutique, loads of ono food, baked goods, plants and produce. St. Augustine's is located at 54-3801 Akoni Pule Highway in Kapa'au. For more information, click HERE.
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
Photo: Jamesetta Hammons
UBE invites creative tributes to Absalom Jones, first Black Episcopal priest
[March 7, 2022] As the Rev. Jamesetta Hammons quilts the image of Absalom Jones, The Episcopal Church’s first Black priest, she wrestles with the way his ministry has shaped her own, more than two centuries after his death. READ MORE
Photo: Episcopal News Service
Episcopal Pulse recruits 1,000 respondents for mini-surveys on church's pressing issues
[March 4, 2022] What if Episcopalians and Episcopal leaders could get data on the state of the church and its congregations nearly in real time as they grapple with some of the biggest challenges of the day, from navigating the pandemic to confronting racial injustice? That is the idea behind Episcopal Pulse, a mini-survey experiment backed by TryTank Experimental Laboratory and developed by the FaithX ProjectREAD MORE
Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service
Newly formed House of Deputies caucus takes up mantle of LGBTQ+ advocacy
[March 3, 2022] Among the groups with a presence at this year’s General Convention will be a new self-organized caucus of LGBTQ+ members of the House of Deputies. The group of over 100 members is working in small groups as the July 7-14 convention scheduled to take place in person in Baltimore, Maryland, approaches, identifying priorities and developing potential resolutions that could advance the cause of LGBTQ+ inclusion across the church. READ MORE
Photo: Courtesy of Grace Episcopal Church Windsor Connecticut
Return of 'Ashes to Go' for Ash Wednesday highlights renewed Lenten practices as COVID-19 wanes
[March 2, 2022] Episcopalians on Ash Wednesday are taking advantage of waning case counts, hospitalizations and deaths in the United States to begin renewing some Lenten practices from before the pandemic. One of the most visible of those practices is Ashes to Go, in which clergy members post themselves on sidewalks, at train stations and in other public spaces to impose ashes on passersby. READ MORE
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Applications now being accepted!
Bishops' Scholarship Funds
Applications are now being accepted for two Diocesan Scholarship funds that are available to students for the 2022-2023 school year.

  1. Bishop's Scholarship Fund - Kindergarten to grade 12 students entering an Episcopal Church-related school in the Diocese of Hawai'i for the first time
  2. The Chang Clergy Children's Scholarship Fund - Children of clergy under the age of 24 - Clergy must be canonically resident and domiciled in the Diocese of Hawai'i

The submission deadline is Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at 4:00 PM (HST). For more information, eligibility requirements and to download the application packet, click HERE. Should you have any questions, please e-mail Denise Esposito.
Lent Madness Itʻs that time of year when Lent Madness fans are gearing up for another season of learning, engaging and voting! For well over a decade, people of faith the world over have been filling out bracket forms and rooting for their favorites in the annual “saintly smackdown.” For those who are new to Lent Madness, it is a unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, allowing participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures. Throughout Lent, thirty-two saints will battle to win the coveted Golden Halo. Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament of a similar name, this online devotion pits saints against one another in a bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout this penitential season.

Back in 2012, our very own Queen Emma made the impressive climb to the final Golden Halo round, just barely losing to Mary Magdalene. Many around the globe who never heard of our Queen were able to learn about her many compassionate deeds worthy of a saint! QUEEN EMMA IS BACK IN 2022! Get ready to cast your vote on March 21 when she will be up against Hugh of Lincoln.

Visit the Lent Madness website HERE to learn more and get ready to learn and cast your votes!
Register Now for Camp Mokule'ia's 2022 Programs
Camp Mokule'ia announces its popular Family Stay-Cay dates and Youth Summer Camps. Registration is now open! Click HERE for more info.
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