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October 2012
In This Issue
Bishop's Messages
Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Hawai'i
Micronesian Cultural Awareness Project
Report on the Episcopal Church Women Annual Meeting
Contact Information
Bishop's Calendar

***** OCTOBER ***** 

October 7
St. Augustine's, Kapaau
October 14
Holy Apostles, Hilo
October 21
Holy Nativity, Honolulu
October 28
Epiphany, Honolulu


October 6 - 15

Work from Big Island

October 10

Retired Clergy Lunch, Big Island

October 11

Legacy Society Luncheon, Big Island

October 12

Big Island Sesquicentennial, Holy Apostles, Hilo

October 16

Chapel, 'Iolani

October 20

Governance Meetings

October 27

Legacy Society Luncheon, Oahu

October 29

Chapel, 'Iolani

October 30

Chapel, Priory


***** NOVEMBER *****

November 18
St. Luke's, Honolulu

November 9 - 11
Sesquicentennial Events & Annual Meeting
November 11
Convention Eucharist
November 15
Chapel, 'Iolani
November 17
Governance Meetings
November 20
Chapel, Priory
November 21
Thanksgiving Eucharist, St. Mark's, Honolulu
November 25
Feast of the Sovereigns, Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu
November 26 - December 3
CREDO Healdsburg, CA

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Bishop's Message

Celebrating Our History
Kennedy consecration
1943 Consecration of Bishop Kennedy
The Bishop's Greeting from 1952

"As the time draws near for the celebration of the 90th Anniversary of our Church in Hawaii, I feel increasingly that we have been guided by the Holy Spirit to set apart this time for a long look at our past and also for a far look into our future.


What glorious years and what mighty works have gone before us!  God has been good to us in the leaders both clerical and lay that have laid the foundations for a strong and growing Church in Hawaii.  Noble men and women have given us a rich heritage which has linked us through our Mother Church in England to the long heritage of the Apostolic Church coming down through the ages from our Lord Himself.


What a glorious future we now have before us!  God has called us to live and work in these islands where the population is growing and where we hold a strategic place as the threshold of the Pacific.


There is a great need and urgent appeal for the message God has entrusted to us to interpret through our Church.  God will bless us if we do our share to spread the Gospel to His children of many races.  We must do this by establishing new missions and building new churches on all our islands where they are needed.  Our work must expand to meet our growing opportunities.


 Thanksgiving for our past blessings and dedication for the task that lies ahead - this must be the emphasis of this, our 90th Anniversary.


May we prayerfully ask God's blessing on our life and work together as we serve Him through His Holy Church.


Faithfully your friend and Bishop,
Harry S. Kennedy"


Sesquicentennial 2012

Bishop FitzpatrickAnd so the time is now drawing near for the Sesquicentennial, the 150th Anniversary, of our Church in Hawaiʻi.  I cannot add to what Bishop Kennedy wrote 60 years ago.  The challenge to live fully into God's mission and the great joy of the Gospel of Christ's love is the same.  So, taking Bishop Kennedy's words as our own, let us offer "[t]hanksgiving for our past blessings and dedication for the task that lies ahead - this must be the emphasis of this, our" Sesquicentennial. And "[m]ay we prayerfully ask God's blessing on our life and work together as we serve Him through His Holy Church."  Though much in the world and our Islands has changed, the work of God's people remains. "Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labour is not in vain." (I Corinthians 15:58)


I too am,
Faithfully your friend and Bishop,
Robert L. Fitzpatrick 


Fitzpatrick consecration
Consecration of Bishop Fitzpatrick, 2007


Note from the Editor:  A special E-Chronicle issue will be coming out towards the end of November with pictures and in-depth coverage of the Sesquicentennial celebrations on all the islands as well as the Annual Meeting of Convention.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Hawai'i
TutuThis past August, Hawai'i residents had the rare opportunity to hear Nobel Peace Prize winner and the Anglican Church's Archbishop Emeritus of South Africa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  The Very Rev. Walter Brownridge, Dean of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, whose previous pastoral duties included serving as the Canon of St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, invited Archbishop Tutu to come to the islands.  


From August 3 - 5, 2012, Archbishop Tutu participated in several events including a 45-minute live conversation with Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS Hawai'i; as Guest Speaker at the Peggy Kai Lecture in Tenney Theater; and Preacher at the morning Choral Eucharist and evening Interfaith Prayer Service at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. (Photo by Rodell Casio)


The photos and following article, written by Christina (Tina) Brownridge, appeared in the September-October 2012 issue of Ka 'Upena, the magazine of the Cathedral of St. Andrew, and includes reflections from sons Alec Thurgood and Martin Desmond.


A Family's Reflections on Desmond Tutu's Visit  
By Christina Brownridge


For many, many years, our family has admired Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his courageous leadership in the dismantling of apartheid and the subsequent racial transformation of his country. It was for that reason that we named our youngest son after him and eventually moved to South Africa in order to learn those lessons of truth and reconciliation firsthand.


What we discovered during our three years in South Africa was affirmed during Archbishop Tutu's recent visit! The reason Desmond Tutu has been able to fight the good fight for justice and peace is that he is a man of deep faith and devotion. He celebrates the Eucharist daily, often getting up at 5:00 am to do so!


The Archbishop celebrated Mass in his hotel room at the Kahala every day during his visit to our fair island. As Desmond Tutu mentioned during his sermons and lectures at the Cathedral, we are all members of the body of Christ - and what better way to remember that than to partake of Christ's body through the Daily Eucharist?


Just as the Archbishop urged us to acknowledge God's presence in every human being, he never failed to honor every person he came in contact with during his visit. After his lunch with Gov. Neil Abercrombie,he insisted that the wait staff be included in a group photo at the end of the meal. When we urged the Archbishop to get out of the hot sun during Aloha Hour, he was adamant that he would not leave until he had greeted everyone in the long line who was waiting to meet him.


I believe one of the lessons we can learn from Archbishop Tutu's time with us is that everyone is important in God's eyes, whether we live in million-dollar mansions or have no homes at all, we all have a place in God's house! Dean Walter and I look forward to preparing a place for everyone at the Cathedral of St. Andrew, here in Honolulu!

"I was reminded of how kind and down-to-earth he is. He's a great role model for me to follow."
Martin Desmond Brownridge 


"Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a man who personifies the ideal of 'ubuntu' - or interconnectedness.  During his visit, he called for us to recognize our shared humanity through God's perfect love.  Therefore he called us to treat each other as though we were representatives of God.  Even though we may have conflict in our community, we should respect each other and try to understand each other's varying viewpoints."   Alec Thurgood Brownridge

Tutus & Brownridges 

Pictured above, the Brownridge's and the Tutu's. 

Dean Brownridge's two sons are standing from left, Alec and Martin, with Tina & Walter.


Micronesian Cultural Awareness Project (MCAP)

By Kala Holden, Member of St. Nicholas Church

The following are excerpts from an article by Kala Holden about the recent PIM presentation held on Oahu.  Organizers were extremely pleased with the turnout of participants that represented nearly half of the Oahu parishes in the Diocese.


PIM presentation
Last Month, September 15th, the Pacific Islander Ministry Committee (PIMC) of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii, sponsored a Micronesian Cultural Awareness Presentation which was held at St. Elizabeth's Church in Kalihi.  Three members from St. Nicholas were in attendance as well as other folks from Episcopal Churches throughout O'ahu. Bob and Luella Windisch and myself, were especially interested in learning more about the peoples of Micronesia because of our outreach program at the Onemalu homeless shelter, where many residents there are Marshallese or Chuukese. 
PIM fishPIM musselsMembers of the PIMC were hosts of the event; Anne Hansen (St. Andrews), Fane Lino (St. Elizabeth) and our own Luella Windisch.  The hospitality ministry of St. Elizabeth's had coffee, tea and pastries ready for attendees. A few of the Micronesian women were preparing lunch and I smelled wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen as I stirred the cream in my coffee.  I found out after lunch that the ingredients on the delicious mussels and clams were finely chopped/minced garlic, ginger and SPAM mixed with mayonnaise!

The speaker of the program, Josie Howard, was introduced.  A prayer was said by Father Van Culin, a retired priest, and the presentation began.  A picture of an atoll came on screen, which Josie described as the island she grew up on, until making the decision to explore other islands and places and eventually coming to Hawaii.  PIM Josie howardImagine growing up on an island that is approximately 3 to 5 miles long in length, and less than four miles wide on one end of it. Josie said the atoll looked like the shape of a pistol. I thought it looked like a short rifle.  She also remarked how life was very simple and stress-free. It was a lifestyle of gathering taro and vegetables as well as fishing, and canoes were (and still are) used for transportation. Schooling was elementary level on the island, then having to board at a high school on another island, visiting family only once in awhile.  Her ancestral clan is traced back to Yap by way of genealogy. Though the chiefs of her home island are male, decisions are confirmed through the women, because they own the land. Men are taught at an early age that they are to protect girls and women, but there are no activities done with females (no mingling). This explains a little as to why some Micronesians are having difficulty adapting to different cultural lifestyles.
Josie came to Hawaii in 1998 under the "Compact of Free Association" Treaty between the Federated States of Micronesia and the U.S., to attend the University of Hawaii.  She had planned to return home after obtaining a diploma, however, she was able to find a job and also a husband.  She is currently working for a company as a coordinator of a job training program that helps Micronesians to adapt to a newer way of life.

PIM danceMicronesians are the newest immigrant population in Hawaii.  Environmental changes, medical issues and poverty challenges of the people throughout the Pacific Islands, often necessitate the choice of going to where they can make a better living.  Some go to mainland states, others choose Guam and Hawaii.
There are seven countries in the geographic region of Micronesia.  Josie gave a map quiz to all participants.  I only got three correct.  I thought I knew where Guam was (nope).  My awareness was greatly enhanced and I learned that while Micronesian peoples and cultures are similar to that of Hawaiians and Polynesians, their languages, lifestyles, and environments in general, are totally different.

For more information and knowledge of Micronesians you can go to the Diocese website HERE to find out their specific mission as well as all the data needed about the Micronesian language, cultures, etc.
(All photos by Ann Hansen) 

Report on the Episcopal Church Women Annual Meeting

By Louise Aloy, ECW President, Diocese of Hawai'i

ECW annual meeting 2012
(Photo contributed by Louise Aloy)

The Diocese of Hawai'i Episcopal Church Women gathered on the morning of September 22, 2012, in the Von Holt room at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Registration began at 8:00 am with coffee and light pastries followed by morning prayer in Parke Chapel at 8:30 am. Choir Director and organist, John Renke, along with The Rev. Canon Liz Beasley, assisted the women with morning prayer which included the annual United Thank Offering (UTO) in gathering.
After morning prayer, we returned to the Von Holt room, and during a short break, the women got to reconnect with old friends and bond with new ones. During the business meeting, there were two ECW Specials recipients selected by Annette Jim, Chair of Christian Social Relations, and her committee.  The two recipients are The Bishop's Pastoral Fund and Good Samaritan Youth Ministry.  The Rev. Canon Liz Beasley spoke on behalf of Bishop Fitzpatrick and shared how the monies from ECW Specials have helped many clergy and their families in need within the Diocese. Taylor, one of the youth from Good Samaritan Church, shared the various outreach ministries they are involved with and how the financial pledges from this special will allow them to expand their outreach ministry to Honolulu, Uganda and Nepal.
Shortly after the ECW Specials, Fran Thomas from the Cathedral of St. Andrew was honored as the ECW Distinguished Woman of 2012. She was presented with a certificate from National ECW President Marcia Hines, a lei, a Triennial tote bag, and an ECW logo pewter pin/pendant. This was a very well-deserved honor to someone who volunteers weekly at the Cathedral and who sends as many as 500 birthday cards annually to members of the Cathedral. Mahalo Fran!
Our keynote speaker was The Rev. Prof. Gregory Johnson, Vicar of St. Luke's and St. Stephen's. He spoke to the women about the "Women of the Bible"; Hagar, Miriam, Sarah, Mary, Martha and Lydia to name a few, and shared some funnies of the more "popular" women of today, such as, J-Lo, Beyonce and others. Laughter filled the room many times during his talk and when he was done, the women applauded him with a standing ovation. He then blessed each one of us with a very special gift. "A Mother's Legacy -  Your Life Story in Your Own Words". A book that we can use to start sharing our blessings, experiences, joys, and challenges,  leaving a legacy for our children. What a wonderful gift!  To make it even more special, we got Fr. Gregory to autograph them.

Soon it was time for lunch from 1132 Cafe on Bishop Street which was enjoyed by all.  At each of the six tables, the women continued in conversation and truly enjoyed each other's company. Many look forward to this time to gather annually. By 12:30 pm, the 2012 ECW Annual Meeting had come to a close.  A hui hou, until we meet again, safe travels, malama pono...



Tea with the Women of Queen Emma Square

By Susan B. Hays, Cathedral of Saint Andrew

 StaA tea 2012

The Women of Queen Emma Square celebrated  the faith, ministry and service of women, with an afternoon tea on Saturday, September 29.  Over 90 women from St. Peter's, St. Paul's, The Priory, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Office of the Bishop, Washington Place and the Cathedral, were in attendance.  Guest speakers, Ann Reimers, Marcie Herring and Jane Daye, inspired everyone with their faith stories and Angela Dumais, IHS Children's Program Coordinator, shared the innovative programs and activities she oversees.


StA Tea lei 2012Each guest brought a bag of toiletries to share with the women and children at IHS. A wonderful musical program was offered by John Renke and men from the Cathedral Choir.  Twelve women, including Queen Emma and Queen Lil'uokalani were honored at this tea.  A special Lei of Recognition was created to honor important women of our guests. A full array of tea sandwiches, savory and sweet treats were complimented by a choice of teas.....all perfectly served by the men of St. Andrew's!  The afternoon was filled with sharing stories, meeting new friends, and discovering connections to women who have served before us.  Many thanks to our guest speakers, the table hostesses, the musicians,  planning team and all the fabulous volunteers who made this very special day possible.


Tea help 2012



Busy September for St. Matthew's Church Members

StM 2012-10 strip hi

The month of September saw three big events for the folks at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Waimanalo.  Church member Niki Hines was honored on September 8, with a Kalani Ali'i award in recognition of her 29 years with the Kokua Food Basket.  The 'Aha Hipu'u (A hui of the Hawaiian Royal Societies) presents these annual awards to "our priceless cultural treasures".  Congratulations Aunty Niki!  St. Matthew's then hosted the Windward Churches Feeding Ministry, where several churches gather together to stuff t-shirts with bottled water and snacks and share them with the community.  Finally, St. Matthew's held their Kupuna Recognition Sunday for those members over the age of 70 that have made an impact in the congregation.  A special service was held and a Milo tree planted in their honor.  In addition, a bench designed by Lopaka Kealoha was dedicated.  The concrete top was inlaid with colored glass fragments found at the beaches in and around Waimanalo, and spell out the word "kupuna".  (Photos provided by Fr. Peter Besenbruch)



Onemalu Readers Commitment Ceremony

by Luella Windisch, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

StN Onemalu readers 2012
Pictured above from left: Rose Shin, Kerry Shiroma, Bob Windisch Kala Holden, Paul Convard, Cathe Portillo, Luella Windisch, Dawn Villanueva and youth Colin Armstrong. 
(Not shown: Fr. Paul Klitzke and Briana Anderson)


In 2007, Kala Holden encouraged St. Nicholas to support the 'Ahahui Siwila Hawaii O Kapolei  (Kapolei Hawaiian Civic Club) Christmas party at Onemalu. This humble beginning has grown into a ministry that interacts with the residents every week in 2012. Onemalu is a transitional shelter which accepts families with children, couples without children, and single adults that are homeless or at risk of being homeless, and teaches the skills necessary to become independent, self-sufficient, and productive members of society.  The population is in constant flux because of the nature of the shelter.  A family's maximum stay at Onemalu is 24 months.
Luella Windisch recruited a team of nine volunteer readers including Briana Anderson, Paul Convard, Kala Holden, Father Paul Klitzke, Cathe Portillo, Kerry Shiroma, Dawn Villanueva, Bob Windisch and herself.  Rose Shin is the team advisor.  Every Monday at least two team members go to Onemalu to read to the children, but they don't just read.  They show up with books, songs, activities, snacks and a willingness to get on the floor and play with the kids.  They bring their talent and hearts to lift the spirits of these families. 
While the original idea was for just the children, we now have a core group of adults that also attend to hear English.  We have progressed from reading three books to the children to having one child read one of the books to the group.  This has proved to be so popular that some of the children are waiting for us to arrive so they may be picked to be a reader.
The Read Aloud program was started February 27, 2012.  The attendance varies from 9-37 children with an average attendance of 22.  The adults vary from 1-4 with an average attendance of 2 each week. St. Nicholas takes seriously its interaction with the most vulnerable of our people and requires that all volunteers take child abuse awareness preventive education or be in the company of a volunteer who has taken this course. The readers at St. Nicholas are following the apostles who did not stay in the place they knew. They are reaching out to Onemalu where God's people are.  They do it with love, humility, gentleness and joy.
Kauaians Boogie with the Bishop!
Sesq dance Kauai 

Kaua'i Episcopalians celebrated the Sesquicentennial with a dance in the All Saints' Gym entitled "Boogie with the Bishop" on Saturday, September 22.  Not only did folks get to dance with the Bishop, but Kauaians were the first to view the Sesquicentennial documentary film, Grace and Beauty: 150 Years of the Episcopal Church in Hawai'i by EMMY award winning filmmaker, Stephanie Castillo, a member of St. Michael and All Angels.  The evening began with a rousing performance by the St. Michael's Joyful Noise Taiko Drum Group and heavy pupus and refreshments were served following the film.  More photos will be featured in a special Sesquicentennial issue coming out in November.



The following article and photos appeared in the St. Michael & All Angels October newsletter.


Special Sundays in September at St. Michael's

By Fr. Bill Miller

St. MAA 2012 strip 

Our "Three Special Sundays in September" were tremendous! On Aloha Sunday we had a number of visitors, including eight students from KCC, and wonderful hula, ukulele, and children's involvement with "ALOHA."  Our Filipino Fiesta weekend was also well attended. Stephanie Castillo's film was shown twice on September 14th to good crowds. For our first observance of the Feast Day of Gregorio Aglipay, folks showed up with Filipino food for the Fiesta and enjoyed the special drinks at the Tiki Hut. Our choir did a wonderful job on the Tagalog piece. On the third weekend we welcomed back the Joyful Noise drummers - 40 children and adults under the direction of Aki Conquest.  The Tiki Hut raised funds for Loaves and Fishes, Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD), and the drumming, youth and children ministries. Alan Van Zee graciously provided fruit smoothies all three weeks.  (Photos by Stephanie Castillo, Lindsay Kamm and Amy Null.)


Maui's Grand Celebration! 
GS Ses process 
On Saturday, September 8, Maui kicked off the island celebrations of our Sesquicentennial at Church of the Good Shepherd in Wailuku.  Members from around the island came together for a Festive Eucharist, followed by a grand luau and lots of entertainment on the front lawn.  Each church shared their history on display boards while ono Hawaiian food flowed.  More photos will be featured in a special Sesquicentennail issue coming out in November.  (Photo from Good Shepherd's Facebook site.)
Bishop Bob Leads Altar Guild Seminar
GS Altar guild trng 2012 
On September 4, 2012, Bishop Fitzpatrick was on hand to lead an Altar Guild class at Good Shepherd in Wailuku, Maui.  Participants from Good Shepherd, St. John's and Trinity By-the-Sea learned about process, procedure, practice and tradition. Pictured above with Bishop Bob and wife Bea, is Rev. Foltz and the class with the altar and liturgical vessels.  (Photo by John Tomoso)
The following article and photo appeared in the St. John's September newsletter.
St. John's Celebrates Baar's 50 Years
St John's Baar 50th 
St. John's congregation and friends from around Maui celebrated with the Rev.David Baar to observe the 50th anniversary of his ordination, at a worship service and potluck dinner on June 24.  Here he is pictured greeting the congregation from the sanctuary.  In the background is Canon Liz Beasley who represented the Bishop's office, and Rev. Dr. David Moore, interim priest for St. John's.  (Photo by Kay Kunisawa)
Big Island Gears Up for Sesquicentennial Celebration
Hino Vespers 
The Big Island will be celebrating its Sesquicentennial Celebration this Friday, October 12, with an evening of Hawaiian Theater and Song, followed by a reception and entertainment.  Holy Apostles in Hilo will be hosting this event that will feature a special play, Vespers at Hānaiakamālama, developed to honor Queen Emma.  Pictured above is Rev. Moki Hino of Holy Apostles, at the dress rehearsal with Jackie Johnson, the director and playwright, and the actress, Denyse Ockerman. 
 St. James Blessing of the Animals
StJ Blessing Animals 2012
Fr. David Stout of St. James' Church in Kamuela had his hands full during their Blessing of the Animals at both the church and Beach Mass services this past weekend. Dogs of every size and kids (young goats that is) were out in force.    (Photos by Karen Sanchez - More photos can be viewed on their Facebook site HERE.)
The Episcopal Church's work in Haiti continues

rebuild haiti With the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake which destroyed Haiti mere months away, the Episcopal Church continues its emphasis on assisting the church's largest and fastest-growing diocese.

"It is a great gift and privilege for us to be able to work with the people of Haiti," commented Bishop Stacy Sauls, Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer.  "I never fail to be inspired by them and their indomitable sense of hope.  The problems and issues Haiti faces would absolutely devastate many.  The people of Haiti continue to face their challenges with faith and spiritual strength that calls for a like response in all of us."

The January 12, 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the Caribbean island country and cost many lives. Leveled were churches and diocesan facilities, including Holy Trinity Cathedral with its priceless murals in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

General Convention 2012 named the focused effort for the Diocese of Haiti as one of the priorities for the Church.  The newly-reorganized Development Office of the Episcopal Church is coordinating all the fundraising efforts for the rebuilding of the Diocese of Haiti.  This follows the conclusion of the first phase of the project by Episcopal Church Foundation.

"We are thankful to the Episcopal Church Foundation for its grassroots campaign," Bishop Sauls said.  "The baton has passed to the Development Office, which has been maintaining regular consultation with the diocese on how and where to help, looking at a wide variety of infrastructure needs."

For information on how individuals, congregations, dioceses and groups can help the rebuilding of Haiti,  visit the Rebuild Our Church webpage HERE.



Sybil Nishioka, Editor & Communications Contractor


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