The inaugural Synod of the Missionary Diocese of All Saints was held on April 27-28 in Ocean City, Maryland. Clergy and Laity from Oregon to Florida and New York to Arizona gathered in worship, fellowship and the endeavors of the Synod. In addition, we were blessed with the presence of a number of guests, including Bishop Paul Hewett of the Diocese of the Holy Cross and Bishop Alexander Barroso of the Iglesia Anglicana Carismatica in Venezuela.
Wednesday evening, Bishop Ilgenfritz celebrated Holy Eucharist to begin the Synod and our Suffragan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Richard Lipka, delivered the homily focusing on our call to mission.
Following the Eucharist Bishop Ilgenfritz gave his opening address, which can be read in full here. He reported to us that we currently have thirty-one congregations and several more that are in the process of application for reception in the Diocese; and, he reminded us that as One People we have One Mission and One Message.
During his address Bishop Ilgenfritz appointed a number of officers to assist in the work of the diocese. Mr. William Smith of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Berlin MD was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese; Mrs. Christine Hutchison of Christ Our Redeemer, Lynchburg, VA was appointed as the diocesan Treasurer; Mrs. Loisjean Ilgenfritz of St. Mary’s, Charleroi, PA was appointed as the Bookkeeper; and, Fr. Larry Hill of Holy Trinity was appointed as Canon to the Ordinary.
The Synod then proceeded to the business of approving the proposed Constitution and Canons. During the discussion, some questions and suggestions arose, but most importantly we were blessed with a spirit of unity. With only a couple minor changes in wording the proposed Constitution and Canons were adopted unanimously by the Synod.
On the second day of the Synod we proceeded to the election of members of the Bishop’s Council (Standing Committee), the Provincial Assembly, the Provincial Council and the Ecclesiastical Court of Trial. Again we were blessed with clergy and laity willing to sacrifice time and personal expense in order to assist in the mission and ministry of the diocese. The list of those elected can be seen here.
We give thanks to God for all those who worked so hard preparing for our Inaugural Synod, including the Women of Trinity who prepared the welcome gift bags, Susan Lipka who did the art work and prepared the folders for each member of the Synod, and Nancy Drazga who led the music for the services of the Synod and Retreat.
There are two women in particular to whom we need to give special thanks, Karen Graulich and Gloria Dzambo. Both of them worked many many hours in preparing materials, taking care of registration and coordinating with the hotel. Thank you so very very much.
To God be the glory!