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Dear Trinity Cathedral,

I like to read bumper stickers. They’re often funny, sometimes upsetting, and usually thought provoking. Some years ago, a bumper sticker gained much popularity. “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” It occurs to me that this message was contrary to the one that Jesus shared with his disciples and with us in Sunday mornings gospel reading – “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:4-35)

Jesus was not random or senseless.  His teachings, his miracles, his acts of love were all part and parcel of God’s plan for establishing the Kingdom on earth. In my journey, plans that were random and senseless have usually failed. When open, however, to the Holy Spirit, and focused and intentional on prayer and action, then I have experienced blessings and grace… not always what I had expected… but always blessings and grace. 

My hope is that we are all called, with the gifts and talents that God has given us, to intentional acts of ministry by the Lord Jesus.  And my prayer is that we have the patience, determination, and strength to carry out these ministries… and always with love… for they will know we are Christians by our love.


Fr. Jason Leo 


Schedule for the week

Sunday - May 15, 2022

Fifth Sunday of Easter

8:00 am / 10:00 am  Season of Easter
12:15pm  Temporada de PascuaSanto Bautismo y La Santa Eucaristia
Sunday May 15
Domingo 15 de Mayo

All Services are celebrated in person and on Facebook Live

Monday - Friday

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National Cathedral Online Morning Prayer

Begin your weekday with an online service led by National Cathedral clergy. Featuring prayers, readings from Holy Scripture, and contemplative music. Posted 7 am EDT, Monday – Friday.

Morning Prayers ...

Wednesday - May 18, 2022

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Eucharistic Prayer Service

Join us at 12:10 pm every Wednesday for a Contemplative Eucharistic Service with Meditation & Healing Prayer. The service will be held in the Chapel. All are welcome to worship with us.

Prayer Requests

If you would like to include someone on the Prayer List or add an anniversary or birthday for special prayers, please call the Cathedral office, use the 'Contact Us' link on our website, or send an email ...


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Sick - In Recovery

Rev. Winnie Bolle, Domenica Brazzi, Doris Gray, Frederick Kent, Griselda Ogburn, George Pearson, Rev. James Considine, Bill Berger, Rev. Errol Harvey, Helen Ebanks, Tim Royer, Canon Dr. Gervaise Clarke, Angela Fekete, Jhon Cuervo, Sarah VanAntwerp, Giovany Monzalve

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Thanksgiving for the Soto family by Roberto Soto


 Adrian Madriz

Dean Douglas McCabe

Dennis Mendonca

Richard Kiszonas

Sheila DuBois

Frederick Kent

John Olson



In Memoriam

William Watkins

Chapter Spotlight

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Adrian Madriz

Senior Warden of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Adrian is the youngest and first Nicaraguan/Venezuelan Senior Warden, and the first Warden to come from the Spanish language service in Trinity’s 126 year history. He is the Executive Director of Struggle for Miami’s Affordable and Sustainable Housing (SMASH). Adrian is a community organizer who has been working in the neighborhoods of Miami most affected by slumlords and gentrification. In 2015, he was inspired by community leader Trenise Bryant and he and his neighbors started the organization SMASH in order to generate solutions to slum and blight without gentrifying the neighborhood. SMASH is a Community Land Trust and is developing its first affordable housing project in Liberty City. He has a BA in Political Science and Screen Arts from the University of Michigan. Adrian believes that the church has a role to play as the temple of the community’s values, and he believes that Trinity can once again be the center of Miami life, the way it was when Miami founder Julia Tuttle attended the church in the 1800s. He lives in Overtown with his husband, Armando Carranza.

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 13:8 - Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Cathedral Campus Update

  • The A/C units have been relocated from the connector bridges between the Cathedral and the parish hall.
  • The remaining unattached items in the parish hall have been removed. 
  • Abatement of hazardous materials is underway and we are looking at demolition in late May or early June.
  • The tile work on the front entrance continues slowly
  • A roofer has made a commitment to fix leaks over the east end of the building (offices) 

Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui


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Sheng Kung Hui(聖公會)literally means "Holy Catholic Church" in Chinese. It was the Chinese name used in the Church since mid-nineteenth century when the British Anglican and the American Episcopalian missionaries first came to China. The same Chinese characters (聖公會)are also used in the Anglican Church of Korea, the Nippon Sei Ko Kai in Japan and other Chinese Anglican and Episcopal churches in the region.

Sheng Kung Hui had been rooting in Hong Kong for almost 170 years. The first presence of the Anglican Church in Hong Kong began with the appointment of The Revd. Vincent Stanton as Colonial Chaplain in 1843. After several years of planning and construction, St. John's Cathedral was founded in 1849, and St. Paul's College was established in 1851, as one of the oldest secondary school in the territory. In 1849, the Diocese of Victoria was created by Royal Letters Patent. The Rt. Revd. George Smith was appointed the first bishop in Hong Kong. Bishop Smith had a clear vision in the ministry of the local Chinese under his jurisdiction. St. Stephen's Church, the first Chinese Anglican Church in Hong Kong, was founded in 1865.

In line with the growth of the Chinese congregations, the Chinese Anglican Church in Hong Kong became part of The Diocese of South China (Chinese), which held its first Synod in 1913, under the Chung Hua Sheng Kung Hui (i.e. "The Holy Catholic Church of China"), and at the same time continued to be under The Diocese of Victoria (English). Owing to the subsequent changes of the political situation in the Mainland China, the Anglican Church in Hong Kong departed from The Diocese of South China in 1951, and on her own the Diocese of Hong Kong and Macao (both Chinese and English) was established to continue the ministry of the Kingdom of God in these two regions.


Christian Women in Chinese Society:

The Anglican Story

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Semantic Scholar

W.C. Wong, P.P. Chiu

Every society has its own phase of social reform, and Christian Women in Chinese Society narrates the stories of female Anglicans in early twentieth-century China. Being the first diocese that ordained a woman priest in the Anglican Communion (107), the Diocese of Victoria (now restructured as Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui) provided the environment for this to happen. The lack of ordained ministers (109), the need to reach women in a patriarchal society (72), and the rise of the feminist movement, along with the May Fourth Movement (25), all contributed to social progression.

This collection of essays was first presented in June 2015 at an academic conference at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (xi), where coeditor Wai Ching Angela Wong taught at the time. Most of them used the archives of the Church Mission Society and the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (HKSKH). While Asian feminist theologian Kwok Pui Lan proposes a cross-cultural approach to studying Chinese women and the Anglican Church (chapter 1), the other ten chapters are case studies, which show the women’s involvement in Anglican ministry, whether they are Bible women (chapter 3), ordained priests (chapters 5 and 6), schoolteachers (chapter 8), pastors’ wives (chapter 9), or social workers (chapter 11). The edited volume makes a strong case for how women became prominent in Anglican ministry despite being in a patriarchal society. Moreover, as Wai Ching Angela Wong and Patricia Chiu have rightly argued, their stories illustrate an interesting aspect in terms of the tension between “the Christian ‘civilizing’ mission and Chinese traditional culture” (12). However, while the volume shows the progression of gender equality in the last century, if we look at the leadership of the HKSKH in the twenty-first century, gender imbalance is still evident. I was hoping to see the connection between the past and the present, but perhaps this is difficult to show in an edited volume. Nonetheless, this is an enjoyable read and should be of interest to those who research feminism, Anglicanism, and Chinese Christian history.

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Trinity Cathedral needs more lay readers and ushers for all worship services.  Please consider serving these important ministries.  Contact Thomas Porto, Roberto Soto, or Fr. Jason Leo. Training and orientation provided. Thank you!

Reflections from Bishops of The Episcopal Church on the Resurrection of our Lord

the Rt. Rev. Craig Loya

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In John’s version of Easter, Mary lingers at the empty tomb after Peter and John run quickly away. When the risen Jesus appears in front of her, she mistakes him for the gardener. It’s an understandable miss. In the grip of all the trauma and grief from the events of Good Friday, she certainly wouldn’t be expecting the one for whom she grieves to be suddenly standing in front of her. It’s easy to overlook that moment as an unimportant detail.

However, as I return to this story year after year, I’ve come to think it’s not a mistake at all, that Mary gets it exactly right, and that this detail helps us understand why the Resurrection really matters.

The orginal vocation to which God calls humanity is tilling and keeping the world God has made. We initially failed in that calling, choosing ourselves and our own way over God and God’s way of love. The whole arc of scripture is essentially the story of God’s project to reforest a world that has become desolate with suffering, violence, and death as a result of our rejection of God. Of course, Jesus is the gardener! His resurrection is the unmistakable assurance of God’s intention to restore the desert we have made of the world to the original garden God intended, lush with the fruits of love, life, justice, and peace.

Jesus died a real death. The same death each of us fears, and that we have seen take so many we love. For the Resurrection to mean anything, it must be every bit as real as that death. Jesus the gardener reminds us that, as an Easter people, the point of our faith and our lives is not to escape from the world and its pain, but rather to join Jesus in renewing the world, planting seeds of hope, watering the parched places of pain, tilling the soil toward justice, working the land to nurture the feast of love God intended. We don’t find the Beloved Community by retreating to somewhere else, we find it by following Jesus to where the pain is, and by digging, by tilling, by keeping.

Plant a tree in these days of Easter. Grow a garden. Make it a sign and sacrament of how we are called in every moment to bear witness to the great good news that death is not what it appears to be. Even now, the green shoots of faith and hope are bringing about God’s perfect reign of love, joy, and life that knows no end. Alleluia!

This reflection was written by the Rt. Rev. Craig Loya. Bishop Loya was consecrated the X Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota on June 6, 2020. He served as Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska from 2013-2020, and was the Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas from 2009-2013. He received his Master of Divinity from Yale University and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in 2002.

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Mark your calendars and worship with us on June 5 at 11:00 am *.  Immediately after service, join us for lunch and fellowship with the entire Cathedral community.  Details will be in next weeks enews. 

 *8 am, 10 am, & 12:15 pm services will be combined into a single bilingual service at 11 am


The readings from the Sunday scriptures are often a mystery in that context and meaning are often a struggle to discern. Hopefully the following reflections on the weekly readings will give clarity and enhance our common worship. Follow the link to the coming weeks passages and even previous weeks as well.

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Peter’s vision of a sheet with animals (c.1619), oil painting on poplar wood by Domenico Fetti

(1589-c.1623/4). Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. (Click image to enlarge.)

"...Bless the work of my hands and the thoughts of my heart; that I may serve you in holiness as I prepare your Altar for worship..."

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Trinity Cathedral is in process of renewing the ministry of the Altar Guild. It is an important ministry that functions specifically to prepare the Cathedral for worship on Sundays and special services. If you are interested in joining the Altar Guild please contact Roberto Soto at the Church Office.

Crisis in Ukraine

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We meet online to pray for Ukraine: Kyiv's Anglican spread across Europe continue to meet

The Church of England News

Before Russia's invasion, Kyiv had a small but thriving community of Anglicans. Today, members of Christ Church, which used to meet in the German Lutheran church Kyiv's centre, come together to pray for peace online.

"We try to keep in touch via [the messaging apps] Viber or WhatsApp," explained church warden Christina Laschenko-Stafiychuk.

"We also try to join Zoom vigil services on Wednesday evenings held by the Diocese in Europe during Lent to pray for Ukraine."

Since the Russian invasion which began on February 24th, the once vibrant community has been scattered across Europe. 

Christina said: "My daughter and I left Kyiv on March 4th. We left on an evacuation train going towards Lviv.

"We then took a train to Chełm in Poland, then on to Warsaw, and finally to Zurich."

The pair are safe, but her husband has remained in Ukraine.

"My husband is officially a volunteer in the Second Reserves, but due to the sufficient number of volunteers he was not summoned yet," she explained.

As Russian forces apparently pull back from around Kyiv, congregants are said to be safer. Yet, Christina said: "The whole territory of Ukraine is within the range of missiles, and shelling of critical infrastructure continue."

It has been confirmed that the German Lutheran church remains untouched by war damage. 

Anglicans across the world have come together in prayer and are raising funds for both Ukrainians fleeing war and those staying behind. 

Church of England guidance has been published for parishes within England to support refugees in communities and last week the Church of England joined other churches in Britain and Ireland for a Day of Prayer for peace in Ukraine

Christina said: "Anglicans are doing so much. They pray - I have been told about continuous prayer for Ukraine and its people. 

"And special funds for refugees have been set up, and many Anglican friends across Europe are opening their homes to Ukrainians."

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have condemned the Russian invasion

In a joint statement they said: “The horrific and unprovoked attack on Ukraine is an act of great evil. 

"Placing our trust in Jesus Christ, the author of peace, we pray for an urgent ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian forces."

Christina has encouraged Anglicans to continue to pray for peace in Ukraine this Easter. 


Among Russian Orthodox, glimmers of dissent against the invasion of Ukraine

Religion News

More than 275 Russian Orthodox priests and deacons from around the world have signed an open letter expressing their opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, challenging the Russian government and breaking with the tacit support of the military action by church leadership in Moscow.

The letter called for “the cessation of the fratricidal war” against Ukraine, insisted the “people of Ukraine should make their choice on their own” and lamented the “trial that our brothers and sisters in Ukraine were undeservedly subjected to.”

“The Last Judgment awaits every person,” reads an automated translation of the letter. “No earthly authority, no doctors, no guards will protect from this judgment. … We remind you that the Blood of Christ, shed by the Savior for the life of the world, will be received in the sacrament of Communion by those people who give murderous orders, not into life, but into eternal torment.”

The Russian church has a long history in Ukraine, but in 2019 Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Greek Orthodox primate, defied Kirill and recognized a new, independent Orthodox body in Ukraine that broke away from the Moscow-based church. In an interview this week with CNN Turk, Bartholomew said recognizing the new branch made him a “target” of the Russian Patriarchate.

But the priests’ letter showed Russia’s invasion has further challenged Moscow’s leadership. While their protest is qualified and the number of signers tiny compared to the total number of clerics (church authorities estimated roughly 40,000 operated within the church as of 2009), it points to a broader trend of dissent within the church regarding the Ukraine invasion, and could signal important shifts for a tradition that has in recent years operated in lockstep with the Kremlin.

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Wives of soldiers in Mariupol ask Pope to help save their husbands

Catholic News Agency

The young wife of the commander of the Ukrainian battalion still holed up in a steel plant in Mariupol had what she described as a “heart raising” encounter with Pope Francis.

Kateryna Prokopenko, wife of Azov Regiment commander Denys Prokopenko, and Yulya Fedosiuk, wife of Azov soldier Arseniy Fedosiuk, met Pope Francis May 11 at the end of his weekly general audience. Both women are in their 20s.

The women are in almost constant contact with the wives of about 500 of the estimated 2,000 soldiers still believed to be inside the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

“We hope this meeting will give us a chance to save their lives, actually,” Prokopenko told reporters in English after meeting the pope. “Our soldiers are ready to be evacuated to a third country.”

The group of wives includes widows whose husbands’ dead bodies have yet to be recovered and who are pleading for international help so they can give their husbands a Christian burial, Fedosiuk said.

She said they told the pope that an estimated 700 soldiers inside the steel mill are injured; “they have gangrene, amputations; their flesh is rotting.”

As the women were talking to the pope, they said, “he held our hands.”

“He told us he is praying for us, and he is doing everything” he can to push for the complete evacuation of the plant, Fedosiuk said. Denys Prokopenko had announced May 8 that all the civilians who had been sheltering at Azovstal had been evacuated, but later, reports emerged that some civilians still were inside the miles of tunnels under the plants.

“We asked him to come to Ukraine,” Fedosiuk said, and they asked him “to talk to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin to tell him to let them go.”

Prokopenko said she spoke to her husband the night before meeting the pope. “He told me that he loves me, and I answered that I love him, too, and I say, ‘Just know we’ll do anything to save you.'”

“We will do anything to save them all in the Azovstal plant,” she said.

Food, water and medical supplies inside the plant are scarce, she said, and a Russian bomb destroyed the medical clinic, killing many soldiers and hastening the death of others.

Fedosiuk told reporters, “My husband wrote to me two days ago and he asked me to find an article about how to live without water as long as it is possible.”

An evacuation to a third country is essential, Prokopenko said. None of the soldiers will surrender to Russian troops and face the likelihood of being shot, tortured or taken to “a concentration camp in Russia.”

What is needed, she said, is “a strong diplomatic coalition that will push Putin to let them go” to a third country.

They said they will follow their husbands to a third country, if possible, “and then we hope to go to Kyiv, of course, because it is our country,” Prokopenko said. “We don’t want to be refugees; we just want to live in our country, build our country.”

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The Vatican chooses the time for Pope's visit to Ukraine

Religious Information Service of Ukraine

The Vatican is considering an invitation to the Pope to visit Ukraine and choosing the right moment when the visit can be most effective.

This was announced by the ambassador of Ukraine to the Vatican Andriy Yurash on the air of the national telethon, Ukrinform reports.

Commenting on the resumption by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of invitations to the pope to visit Ukraine, the diplomat noted that they had previously been received from the president and Prime Minister of Ukraine, as well as from the leaders of the Roman and Greek Catholic churches in Ukraine.

"The basic thesis (of the Vatican – ed.) – we are considering, we understand the weight and want to implement this visit at a time when we can expect to receive the most significant positive result," Yurash said.

He suggested that now the Pope's visit to Ukraine is one of the most important issues on the agenda in the capital of the Holy See.

"I really want to hope that a balanced, obvious decision will be made in a week or two," the Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican said.

As reported, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said on May 3 that Ukraine, unlike Russia, confirms its commitment to dialogue and once again resumes the invitation to the pope to pay a visit to Kyiv.


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Please consider your time offered as part of the regular “time, talent and treasure” mantra so often repeated during fall stewardship campaigns and let us know of your interest and availability via email ... 

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It is often the case that people come to Trinity seeking assistance, and more specifically food. These are difficult times and many struggle to make ends meet. Our ability to do direct outreach is limited because of the pandemic. When you come on Sundays, please consider bringing one or more items of canned or boxed food. We will ask God's blessing upon the offerings every week and then see that they are distributed to individuals and to local food pantries. I pray that we can all approach this enthusiastically and with generosity, mindful of the words of Jesus...

Items to consider include canned goods, peanut butter, packaged cereals, paper products, dish and laundry soaps, and boxed dinners. Please remember that we can not accept expired food or items that need refrigeration.


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Ministry of a Lector

During worship, lectors assist in being the transmitters of God’s Word, reading the Old Testament and New Testament lessons in the context of our liturgy. When we take our place at the lectern and open the Bible to read, we are no less actors – storytellers of God’s Story. We strive to re-create, through their lines written thousands of years ago, to bring the Word of God alive to our world in the 21st century. At Trinity, lectors also serve as Intercessors, leading the congregation in the Prayers of the People.

Trinity is also looking for those interested in serving as a greeter / usher. A smiling face and warm welcome are all you need. If you feel called to either or both of these ministries, please contact Fr. Leo at office@trinitymiami.org or Thomas Porto at thomas44a@gmail.com.


Gift Card Ministry

The LGBT ministry has organized an on-going Gift Card collection drive which goes to those most in need due to the pandemic. Our Sacristan - Roberto Soto - personally distributes these cards on a weekly basis. To continue to help this cause, please mail the gift card(s) to Trinity Cathedral, c/o Roberto Soto, 464 N.E. 16th Street, Miami, FL 33132. If you or someone you know could benefit from this ministry, please contact Roberto at (787) 586-8262 or email him at 


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