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June 2015
In This Issue
Celebrating Holy Week and Easter Around the Diocese
Formation for the Priesthood: Waiolaihui'ia Says Aloha to Jackson
ECWO: The Episcopal Church of West O'ahu
Pacific Islander Ministries: An Unforgettable Easter Experience
ECWO: The Episcopal Church of West O'ahu
ECWO: The Episcopal Church of West O'ahu
The Orderof the Daughters of the King Retreat
ECWO: The Episcopal Church of West O'ahu
Diana Butler Bass in Hawai'i
Special Feature: Moloka'i Pilgrims
ECWO: The Episcopal Church of West O'ahu
Contact Information
Bishop's Calendar


June 5
Service: Priory Graduation Rehearsal
June 6 
'Iolani Graduation
June 7
Priory Graduation
June 20
Governance Meetings 
June 22 - (July 4)
General Convention
Salt Lake City, UT


(June 22) - July 4
General Convention
Salt Lake City, UT
July 8
Day at Diocesan Youth Camp
Camp Mokule'ia
July 12
Sunday Visitation, St. Mary's, Honolulu
July 18
Governance Meetings
July 19
Service: St.Timothy's, Aiea (8:00 AM)
Service: St. Nicholas, Kapolei (10:00 AM)
July 21 - (August 1)

Stay Informed!
Celebrating Holy Week and Easter 
Around the Diocese

Churches around the Diocese celebrated Holy Week and Easter in myriad ways! Can you spot a familiar place or face?

Photos are from church websites, newsletters and Facebook pages. Be  sure you're connected and share the news and happenings from your parish with the rest of the Diocese.
Our Schools
Congratulations Class of 2015!

'Iolani School's Graduation Ceremony took place on Saturday, June 6. The Bishop's Award was presented to Ginger Banner and Jasmine Banner.  The award is given to the senior(s) who have given unselfish service to church, school and community, and who demonstrate outstanding witness to faith in Christ and commitment to principle.  (Photo from the 'Iolani School website)

St. Andrew's Priory Graduation Ceremony took place on Sunday, June 7. Pictured above is the class of 2015 performing their hula number during their May Day program.  
Formation for the Priesthood
Waiolaihui'ia Says Aloha to Jackson

During the monthly weekend gathering of the highly successful priest formation program in the Diocese, participants said Aloha to one of its mentors, the Rev. David Jackson. Jackson, who has been a valuable figure in the Waiolaihui'ia program, takes over as Head Chaplain at Christ Church School in Greenville, South Carolina. He leaves his position at Seabury Hall on Maui and will move during the summer. Andrew Arakawa, one of the postulants said he will really be  missed by all. Pictured above left to right, postulant Ha'aheo Guanson performs a farewell hula to Jackson (photo courtesy of Fran Kramer); the Rev. Austin Murray and Lani Bowman are pictured with Jackson decked in maile (photo courtesy of Mahi Biemes); the group poses for a farewell shot (photo courtesy of Hau'oli Tomoso).

The bittersweet celebration was just part of the weekend of study and training that took place at the St. Anthony Retreat Center in Kalihi in May. Above, left to right, Andrew Arakawa preaches at Evening Prayer (photo courtesy of Moki Hino);  Mother Linda Decker preaches at the Sunday Eucharist (photo courtesy of Fran Kramer); Mark Haworth, Mother Linda Decker, Hauʻoli Tomoso, Haʻaheo Guanson, Andrew Arakawa, and Fran Kramer prepare for the Sunday Eucharist (photo Courtesy of Fran Kramer).

Congratulations Ernesto "JaR" Pasalo, Jr.!

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, Ernesto "JaR" Pasalo, Jr., graduated with a Masters in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. In the photo at left, JaR is pictured standing on the right hand side (photo from the VTS Facebook page), and with his proud family (photo from the Good Shepherd Facebook page). Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick will ordain him to the transitional Diaconate in Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on Maui, Saturday, June 13.  All are invited to attend.
Pacific Islander Ministries
An Unforgettable Easter Experience

On Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, the Pacific Islander Ministries, under the guidance and leadership of Missioner Fane Lino, saw 50 newly confirmed at a special confirmation ceremony that capped off a fabulous weekend Easter Camp experience. 

The camp, which brought together Pacific Islander families from around the Diocese, took place at Our Lady of Keeau, a community retreat center in Waianae. Some of the many worship activities that took place included a Friday Stations of the Cross, Chain of Prayer and Easter Vigil that culminated with the Confirmation service on Easter Sunday. 

Pictured above, left to right, Fane Lino with daughter Seini Kamelia Lino before the service; excited confirmands adorned with beautiful leis; presenting the candidates for confirmation are Fr. David Gierlach of St. Elizabeth's, Viliami Langi and Fane Lino; Bishop Fitzpatrick performs the laying on of hands during the confirmation ceremony, flanked by the Rev. Dcn. Steve Costa and the Rev. Kaleo Patterson. To view a lovely video of the weekend, click HERE.  (Photos from the Pacific Islander Ministries Facebook page.)

Confirmed from St.  Elizabeth's: Mosese Langi. Sr., Melanie Langi, Veronica Langi, Mouani Langi, Mounika Langi, Mosese Langi,Jr., Anthony Paulo, Jordan Paulo, Alina Paulo, Tu'uta Langi, Havea Langi, Salua Langi, 'Isikeli Langi, Jr., Lute Langi, Jr., Havea Langi, Jr., Lui Langi, 'IsikeliLangi, Sr., Joanna Langi, Samiuela Langi, Sekona Mo'unga, Molisi Toli, Christine Tokoma'ata, George Lee Tokoma'ata, Patrick Manzodra Langi, Teresa Ornellas Manufetokai

Confirmed from St. Philip's - Teraerae Samuelu, Nisani Lifuka, Brada Keamo, Kiaben Leban, Uilani K. Leban, Fiamaua Lauti, Tufue Pulesala, Lesia Pulesala, Tusi Pulesala, Neeli Shimabukuro, Aion Tofinga, Jason Teo, Puligi Teo, Puligisese Teo, Pomale Teo, Faatali Toaiva, Fiamaua Teo, Jr., Tommy Toaiva,  Teafukele Teo, Lee Lenora, Keston Luck, Justlina Jamade, Amanda Lucky, Marylou Lucky, Bobson Baso, Tyrone Porter, Barbara Porter, Liua Resture, Maile Kattil, Mertha Felix, Noreen Kazu, Philip Muller, Lina Smith, Ashi Smith

Youth Ministries
Final O'ahu Youth Gathering of the School Year

The final O'ahu Youth Gathering of the school year took place on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Youth from O'ahu Lutheran and Episcopal churches were in for a wonderful cultural treat, visiting the Kukanikolo Birthing Stones in Wahiawa. It is one of the most sacred sites in Hawai'i, a birthing site for the island's high chiefs. 

Following the guided tour, the group gathered together at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wahiawa, where church members hosted a lovely dinner. (Photos courtesy of Shana Ikeda and from the Episcopal Youth of Hawai'i Facebook page)

ECW Quiet Day Retreat
By Louise Aloy, President

It was a beautiful cool morning when 33 women and a gentleman gathered for the Annual Episcopal Church Women (ECW) "Quiet Day" at the St. Anthony Retreat Center in Kalihi Valley. There was a light drizzle throughout the day which keeps the plants green and growing all year long at the center. We could hear the calming sound of the stream below as it made its way down through the valley.
The Rev. Diane Martinson of St. Peter's Episcopal Church was our spiritual leader for the day. She designed the "Quiet Day" retreat around Henri Nouwen's book, Beyond the Mirror: Reflections on Death and Life. She presented a narrative which provided opportunity for discussion, excellent insight and quiet reflections. Everyone listened with great intent as she read several pages from the book. We then gathered in small groups to discuss narratives of the book. There were some very lively discussions going on throughout the room.

We reconvened for closing remarks and a small group of women played the ukulele and sang a couple of songs before prayers were offered for our noon-time lunch. Once again, it was a very successful "Quiet Day" and by far, one with the most in attendance. We look forward to another gathering in March of 2016.  (Photos by Jan Motoshige)
The Order of the Daughters of the King Retreat
By Luella Windisch, President

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) held a retreat at Ewa Beach Japanese Garden Room. The theme of the retreat was Women of the Bible: Ancient Words, Contemporary Wisdom, with featured guest speaker, the Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman


Freeman, a Minnesota-based Episcopal priest for 29 years, has won over thirty awards for journalistic excellence and is the author/editor of six books. She is a popular speaker and retreat leader on Bible women and contemporary spirituality. Freeman has served congregations in Massachusetts, Philadelphia and Minnesota, and was a longtime editor of Vestry Papers (2001 - 2010). She currently serves as a ministry developer for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, and as adjunct clergy for St. David's, Minnetonka. For the last four years, she has worked with a research team to explore in detail the lives of women of the Bible. Her work takes her around the country, speaking to groups about the accomplishments and struggles of Bible women. She enjoys finding humor and grace in the Bible, and shares it fully, and, often irreverently.


The five-hour retreat went by quickly as participants engaged in Bible study, a game, and conversations about being women in the ancient and modern world. The women at the retreat also painted a picture of today's reality where our stories intersect with the voices and struggles of women and girls speaking through Scripture. There are over 1.1 million words in the Bible but only 1.2% are spoken by women.


Participant Evangeline Barney, who attended a women's group trip to the Holy Land guided by Mother Jodene Hawkins, shared that they would not let her (Mother Hawkins) celebrate in the cathedral in the Holy Lands because she was a female priest.


Tusi Mayer wanted to meet Rev. Lindsey. "It looks like a powerful book," said Tusi, "we don't talk about women in the Bible.


The one thing Reverend Lindsey wanted us to remember was to "be bold and speak out" and we discussed the repercussions of being bold. The Rev. Debra Vanover, DOK Chaplain, discussed how assertive women are seen as aggressive. "We must find a way to speak out respectfully," said Vanover.


The retreat ended with reflections and Eucharist. The participants went home with a new appreciation of women through the ages. The influence of women in history and families is easily dismissed, but look deeper; women hold a lot of power. We need to use it more often.


Pictured above from left, the Revs. Leonard and Lindsey Freeman chat with the Rev. Debra Vanover, Simeona Geston and Ruth Merz, while they look through some of the books she authored. (Photo courtesy of Luella Windisch.



New DOK Chapters in the Diocese

The Order of the Daughters of the King continues to grow in the Diocese with a total of six chapters. Pictured above, Na Kaimahine 'o Lili'uoklani Chapter of Holy Nativity in Aina Haina, was installed on Sunday, November 30, 2014, by Bishop Fitzpatrick. (Photo from the Holy Nativity website.) At right, the All Saints' Mana'olana Chapter on Kaua'i was installed on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Diocesan Representative, Shauna Jones, pictured at center, was on hand for the installation. (Photo by S. Nishioka.)  For more information about DOK, visit the diocesan website HERE.


'Iolani Guild Tea

On Saturday, May 9, the women of the 'Iolani Guild were treated to a special luncheon and tea in honor of Mother's Day, held in the Von Holt Room at The Cathedral of St. Andrew. The tables were decorated with lovely floral and fan centerpieces, complete with a printed menu. 

The men worked hard in the kitchen and served up quiche, pastries, fruit and of course tea, all with a smile! 

Great music and fellowship were shared, and let's not forget the regular business meeting. (
Photos by Jan Motoshige.)
Diana Butler Bass in Hawai'i

Award winning author and speaker, Diana Butler Bass, was in Hawai'i during the month of May, hosted by St. Clement's Episcopal Church as their "Scholar in Residence".  Butler Bass holds a PhD. in religious studies from Duke University and has authored eight books, with a new one coming out in October entitled Grounded.  While in Hawai'i, she held a number of presentations and discussion sessions on O'ahu and Kaua'i, offering her knowledge and advice on various topics such as preaching and writing. She also spent a great deal of time talking about the future of Christianity and institutional religion. Pictured above, the expressive Butler Bass at an O'ahu presentation (photo by Rev. Liz Zivanov), and at right with Phyllis Meighen at St. Michael and All Angels on Kaua'i.  (Photo courtesy of Beth Debrey)
Special Feature
Moloka'i Pilgrims
Excerpts from the St. Michael and All Angels May 2015 Newsletter & reflections from pilgrims:

On April 13 -17, 2015, 17 pilgrims accompanied Fr. Bill Miller on a pilgrimage to Moloka'i. The focus of their trip was to visit Kalaupapa Valley, where Fr. Damien and Mother Marianne Copley served those with Hansen's disease, helping them build a better life and ministering to their physical and spiritual needs between 1864 and 1918. The trip began with lectures from missionary Fr. Bill Petrie, who had worked for decades with Mother Theresa in Calcutta, serving those with leprosy. During the days that followed, the pilgrims visited several churches built by Fr. Damien and Brother Joseph Dutton, visited monuments and toured the Moloka'i Museum. They also took side trips to a nut farm, Kanikapila at Coffee's, a venue where local musicians regularly gather to play, and to the east side to view Halawa valley. 

Reflections from Joanne Woltman's travel journal:
Kalaupapa Valley - Wednesday morning, we had an early start, since some folks were hiking down and wanted to be ahead of the mules. Some of us rode down, yet others flew in. For those of us on mules, the mule skinners were knowledgeable and paired us up with suitable mates. The mule skinners kept reminding us to "trust in your mule, they do this daily, and they are very sure footed," and to, "look at the mountain as they go around those switchbacks, since they take the outside path, which hovers right on the edge of the cliffs." 

There are 26 switchbacks. Here was another God moment for myself. Trust in your mule, like you need to trust in God to help guide you on your given path. He has the bigger picture in mind, so have faith; He will be there for you. 

Once in Kalaupapa, we were taken to the pier, where they used to drop off some of the patients. On the far side of the peninsula, we saw Kalawao, the place most of the patients were dropped off. With its rough waves, virtually no beach, and high steep mountains, it was very uninviting, and while some patients were brought to shore, others were simply thrown overboard. Whether they lived or died didn't seem to matter to those who transported them to this isolated locale.

Although it is an extremely picturesque site now, it must have been a frightening experience for those torn from their family and loved ones, labeled with a disease that put them in isolation for the remainder of their lives. The youngest patient was 4 years old, the oldest 105. Fortunately, Fr. Damien felt deep compassion for these people who had lost hope and were left stuck on a desolate peninsula to die. He faced a lawless life style since they had nothing more to lose. He set up homes to care for the young children, the girls and women, and brought order and safety to the area. He ministered to the sick, building structures, coffins, whatever needed to be done. 

The story of his plight, his inner strength and determination, and his unfailing belief in God helped him accomplish all that he did. We had time to reflect on our individual experiences in this extremely beautiful place where so many lived out the remainder of their lives, initially outcast, depressed, lost, separated from everyone and everything that they loved. A few courageous individuals brought them hope, encouraging them that they will rest in peace and be in a better place when they leave this world. 

Reflections from the Rev. Dcn. Ann Symington
All those people, all those people, All Those People whose lives were wrenched away from them in one of the most cruel ways imaginable. One day a beloved member of a family, a community, and the next a pariah sentenced to life on a remote strip of land. A place of immense beauty but no welcome. A place unknown and inhospitable. No arms welcome them home to live and to heal. No kiss on the cheek and no lei around their necks; no shelter, no food, no medicine, no doctors, no nurses, no spiritual guidance or comfort. In the stroke of a moment and ordered by the king, they are no longer human beings. Into this HELL comes Fr. Damien to offer what was not provided. He brings LOVE AND BELOVEDNESS to the rejected lepers of Moloka'i. He comes to be the Incarnated Christ to the unwanted and to show them that the POWER, HEALING AND PRESENCE OF GOD has not and never will reject them nor leave them. He is clothed in the armor of God; a warrior for LOVE.

Reflection from Phyllis Meighen:
I came to Molokai as a spiritual pilgrim on the 67th anniversary of my birth. I was yearning to enter the mystery of God - a vivid glimpse, a full-bodied taste, an honest feel of the eternal realm here on terra firma. There was a special sunrise that day, which was captured on film by Teri Waros. I still linger in that sunrise breaking over the Kalaupapa Peninsua, as I reflect on Creator God's birthday gift to me.

The gun metal clouds a vestige-
dark night of the soul;
The fiery clouds a promise-
bright days of joy and freedom;
The sunrise over the horizon only a tease-
a reflection on the water,
not yet revealing God's full glory.

Day breaks over Kalaupapa-
a community of exiles, the Body of Christ broken;
Day breaks over my life-
I too know exile, I know brokenness;
Light bursts forth from the sea
as a volcano spewing new life into the world.

Life is changed, transformed, new-
God's redeeming Love in Christ is real,
as clouds disappear
only to reappear another time;
A cosmic dance comes into view-
dark and light dance as partners,
exile and reconciliation a single movement of grace,
brokenness and wholeness in God's loving embrace.
The deep and beautiful mystery of God

(All photos were taken during the pilgrimage by different photographers. In the last set of photos, pilgrims got to spend time at Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. James Loughren, and in the last photo, John Lydgate, whose grandfather was part of the original surveyors for the settlement, was excited to be a part of this pilgrimage. He unfortunately suffered injuries during the descent to Kalaupapa, and had to be flown to O'ahu.)


Regional Confirmation Services on O'ahu

WINDWARD O'AHU REGIONAL CONFIRMATION SERVICE - On Sunday, April 19, 2015, the Windward churches held their Regional Confirmation Service at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Kailua. From St. Christopher's, confirmed was Andrew Robert White.

EAST HONOLULU & WEST O'AHU REGIONAL CONFIRMATION SERVICE - On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the East Honolulu and West O'ahu churches held a combined confirmation service at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Aina Haina. 

Pictured above, members from St. Clement's include (in no particular order) newly confirmed, Jack McManus, Charlie McManus and Elizabeth Eynon Peel; reaffirmed were Lorraine S. Dove and Marilyn "Nellie" McLaughlin.  (Photos courtesy of Liz Zivanov).

At right is newly confirmed David Anthony Morales from St. Nicholas. (Photo from ECHO Newsletter).  

Pictured below left from St. Mark's (in no particular order) were confirmed, Karen Haas, Relle Reavis and Elyse Byrnes; received was Rosalie Huch. (Photo from the St. Mark's website) At right from Epiphany with the lei, is Carrie Ann Peahi-Konopka who was received into the Episcopal Church. (Photo from the Epiphany Facebook page)   Not pictured is Robert Heckman from St. Christopher's in Kailua who was confirmed at this service.

HONOLULU REGIONAL CONFIRMATION SERVICE- On Sunday, May 17, 2015, The Cathedral of St. Andrew hosted the Honolulu Regional Confirmation Service.  Above left, pictured with the Bishop and the Rev. Cn. David Kennedy from Good Samaritan, are the newly confirmed, Trenton Keiji Mutow Omuro, Melissa Misaye Morinishi and Taylor Katsumi Junko Omuro. (Photo from the Good Samaritan newsletter)  Pictured above right with the Bishop and the Rev. Gregory Johnson from St. Mary's are, reaffirmed Gail Hirozawa. Newly confirmed were James Maruyama and Edward Richard Ochsner.  Not pictured from The Cathedral of St. Andrew, are Ann Katherine Reimers and Evelyn Morley who were reaffirmed.

Reaching Out at Good Samaritan

The folks at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Palolo live up to their name, reaching out to those in need in a number of different ways.  Pictured above, the youth hold up t-shirt bags that were cut, sewn and filled with goodies for the needy; members donate items for the shoe box ministry, and Taylor Omuro at far right, shows the knitted caps and blankets she hand-sewed and will be taken to Alaska for needy families there. Below, Easter basket decorations were put together for Good Sam's annual visit to the elderly in the Palolo Chinese home.

(Photos from the Good Samaritan April Newsletter.)

Epiphany Spring Concert

On Sunday, April 26, Epiphany Episcopal Church in Kaimuki held their annual Spring Concert that featured a variety of music offerings on the organ, piano and violin, along with vocalists and a sing-along. Pictured above are the keiki with their hula number "Happy Talk" from the musical South Pacific. (Photo from the Epiphany Facebook page.)


Container Home Returns to St. Elizabeth's

The container home from Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) is returning to St. Elizabeth's during the summer, and will serve as an emergency shelter for those in need.  The 20' x 8' dwelling was built out of a shipping container for about $11,000, and can provide shelter for a family of four. Although it does not have a bathroom or kitchen, it is wired for electricity.  The container home makes its rounds to various churches during the year. (Photo from the St. Elizabeth June newsletter)


St. Mary's Lending a Hand at IHS

Like a number of churches in the Diocese, St. Mary's members volunteer at the Institute for Human Services (IHS) regularly. They help out on the last Thursday of the month bagging groceries, preparing food, serving and distributing items to those in need. Pictured above, Fr. Greg helps fill bags with groceries during their last visit on May 28; the women with the peanut butter sandwiches they prepared; and the group takes a moment to pose with grocery bags ready for distribution. (Photos by Jan Motoshige)

Moms at St. Mary's

The lovely ladies of St. Mary's pose for a Mother's Day photo. (Photo by David Blanchett)

Kahawai Receives Good Samaritan Award
Every Monday afternoon the Harmony, Health and Wellness program takes place at The Cathedral of St. Andrew's Davies Hall. The program provides the community access to free health and wellness services that they otherwise may not be able to afford.  It is here you will find Wailana Kahawai, a humble Lomilomi practitioner, volunteering her time to massage the weary, injured, and burdened - and she has been doing this every Monday for the past year.  

On April 20, 2015, Wailana was awarded the Good Samaritan Harmony Health and Wellness Award. Dr. Ha'aheo Guanson, in the presence of friends and partner organizations, presented her with a beautifully decorated Ipu, and a framed certificate.  Dr. Guanson shared how dedicated Wailana has been over the past year, and how valuable she has been to so many. Wailana then gave a brief history of her background and a demonstration of the art of Lomilomi. 

Mahalo to Stanley Yon for agreeing to assist on the massage table, and to Aunty Leimalama Lee Loy for the support from the 'Iolani Guild over the past year. Lee Loy said that this was Queen Emma's vision; that the people would be healthy and well.  Kahu Kaleo Patterson remarked that faith and fitness can come together in dynamic ways as we try to create a healing community; we can learn about health and wellness, and integrate our prayers and spirituality. 

Harmony Health and Wellness is a collaboration of The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Pacific Justice Reconciliation Center (PJRC), 'Iolani Guild, and Prince Albert Circle. Its primary goal is to provide a place of harmony, health, and wellness in the setting of faith and hope, where the Spirit of God can be embraced fully.  Come and become a part of this healing community, the pu'uhonua of The Cathedral of St. Andrew. For more info contact Dr. Ha'aheo Guanson at (808) 330-3771.

Pictured above from left is Linda Oba, Ha'aheo Guanson and Wailana Kahawai.  (Photo contributed by Kaleo Patterson)

A New Set of Vergers at The Cathedral
By Ann Dugdale Hansen

The Cathedral has a rich history of vergers.  Lowell Barnhart was a certified verger who served the Cathedral faithfully for eighteen years; it has been nine years since Lowell Barnhart retired. Since his services were so all-encompassing, it was too daunting for any individual to step forward and take over all he did. In the spring of 2006, a group of seven of us formed Team Verger to communally cover all the roles Lowell did on his own. Of that group, four of us:  Kilani Ventura, Devin Alford, M'Liss Moore and I, continue to actively serve in liturgical roles. 


A year ago, Roth Puahala and I stepped forward asking to be trained as vergers, and Dean Walter Brownridge agreed to mentor us. Our training has been two-fold; an independent study guide and study with Dean Walter.  The Vergers' Guild of the Episcopal Church (VGEC) has an independent study guide designed to provide experiential learning. As we research topics such as the demographics, architecture and history of the church, we deepen our knowledge of our own parish. This self-study guide of nine assignments takes at least nine months; Roth and I have been working at our own speed.  Roth is on track to finish his set of assignments by June 1.  Dean Brownridge will review it with Roth by late June.  When it is judged complete and satisfactory it will be submitted to the Guild for review, and if judged sufficient, Roth will be certified at the Verger's Convention in September 2015 in Saint Louis.  I am approximately half way through the assignments and aiming for submission in time for the September 2016 convention in Spokane. 


The second part of our training included eight training sessions with Dean Walter exploring important topics such as: the history of the Anglican Church, the series of prayer books, the sections of the Book of Common Prayer and the elements of the Eucharist service, supplemented with reading assignments.  Our last session concluded with the practical issue of safety in the Cathedral.  We located all fire extinguishers and first aid kits in the church, sacristy and office.  I am compiling a list of parishioners who have medical training and are certified in CPR.  This list will be given to the ushers, so they know who to turn to should a medical need arise during a service.


As Roth and I complete our training becoming certified vergers, we hope to assist in coordinating our church services so that everything flows smoothly allowing all of us to concentrate on what is holy. 


Pictured above, Roth and Ann meet with Dean Brownridge (contributed photo), and just before a Sunday Service (photo by Devin Alford).


ECWO: The Episcopal Church of West O'ahu

Saying Aloha to the Klitzke Family

Members from all four of the ECWO turned out to bid a fond aloha to the Rev. Paul Klitzke in a fabulous but bittersweet luau celebration on Sunday, May 3, at Christ's Gathering Place in Aiea. Fr. Paul began serving in Hawai'i since March 2010, originally as Vicar of St. Nicholas in Kapolei, and eventually as the priest with oversight for for the churches of West O'ahu. He, along with his wife Sarah, who has been the Diocesan Youth Director for the past two years, have touched the lives of many throughout the Diocese, and will be deeply missed. Fr. Paul left soon after the celebration, while Sarah remains on O'ahu with children Noah and Emma until after Hui Pu, the Diocesan Summer Youth Camp. The family will then be reunited in Dallas,Texas where Fr. Paul is now serving. (Photos courtesy of Shana Ikeda and from the ECWO June newsletter)


Blessing Historical & Community Sites

Priests are sometimes called upon to perform blessings, and the Rev. Kaleo Patterson and the Rev. Dcn. Steve Costa have been taking part in a variety of community blessings of cultural landmarks and sites around West O'ahu. On Tuesday, March 31, Rev. Patterson was involved in the blessing of the Honouliuli internment camp site near Waipahu, recently declared a National Monument by President Barack Obama. The internment camp, which was uncovered by volunteers of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i, and was the largest internment camp in Hawai''i during WWII, will now serve as an educational resource site. Pictured above left with haku lei, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined local leaders for the blessing and dedication ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Rev. Kaleo Patterson)  In the second and third photos, Rev. Dcn. Costa blesses the Makaha District Park on behalf of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (formerly St. Philips').  (Photo from the ECHO June newsletter)
Na Himeni Sing Nights at St. Stephen's

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wahiawa has kicked off a new music program called Na Himeni Sing Nights, where all are invited to come and learn the Hawaiian language and hymns.  Pictured above is the group on their first session that took place on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Na Himeni takes place on the third Sunday of the month beginning at 6:30 PM.  (Photo courtesy of Rev.Kaleo Patterson)

Closing Makahiki in Halawa
By The Rev. Kaleo Patterson
The ECWO, in collaboration with the Halawa Correctional Community Center (HCCC), is developing an outreach program to support the restorative justice of the incarcerated. Pa'ahao, or incarcerated men, who are enrolled in a cultural program at HCCC meet every Tuesday for classes that include prayer, cultural traditions and history, chanting and dance, related to Makahiki. It is a culture-based religious program embracing some of the old traditions and practices related to peace and festival, and makes available clergy to assist with counseling and outreach during re-entry. The program is designed to assist Pa'ahao with character development and spiritual integration from a cultural perspective. In November, opening ceremonies occur, and in March, closing ceremonies.  

A closing ceremony was held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, with guests from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (NHLC), judges and other community leaders. Hawaiian food for 175 people was donated by OHA.  (Photo by Kai Markell, contributed by Rev. Kaleo Patterson)

Memorial Walk/Ride and Solutions Meeting 

On Saturday, April 4, 2015, members from the Episcopal Churches of West O'ahu joined others from the community to honor David Niau, a bicyclist who was killed in a traffic collision in February. The Bicycle League of Hawai'i hosted the event that began with a walk/ride, sign waving, and then a meeting afterwards to find solutions to keep our cyclists and pedestrians safe.  (Photos courtesy of Kaleo Patterson)


Regional Confirmation Service on Kaua'i

The Kaua'i Regional Confirmation Service took place on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Kapa'a. Four were Confirmed from Christ Memorial: Cherie Ann Duesing, Isa Winifred January, Sarah Anne Herring and Victoria Isabel Wright; received into the Episcopal Church were Ulises Oswaldo Zuno who is also from Christ Memorial. From St. Michael and All Angels, received into the Episcopal Church was Yvette Rapozo, and reaffirmed was Nancy Null. (Photo by S. Nishioka)

Aloha and Best Wishes Fr. Bill
After nine years in paradise, members of St. Michael and All Angels in Lihue said aloha to Fr. Bill Miller in a weekend celebration to rival any of the large festive events they have held there... and that's saying a lot considering they host one of the largest music events on the island each year. 

The All Angels Jazz Festival and Jazz masses were born shortly after Fr. Bill arrived, attracting hundreds from around the state and beyond. In a farewell Music and Memories concert held on Friday, April 24, 2015, many of the musicians turned up to play for him. In his nine years at St. Michael's, attendance has grown 50%, and is now the third largest congregation in the Diocese.  An author of two books, his latest release, A Beer Drinker's Guide to God, has taken off! There is no doubt that his presence will be missed not just in the congregation but the community as well. Fr. Bill is now serving as Rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington, Louisiana. (Photo from the St. Michael May newsletter.)

All Saints' Angels Help Bust Cancer and Records

The All Saints' Angels set a new personal fundraising record for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Event that took place on April 25 & 26, 2015, in Hanapepe. The theme of this year's event was the 80s, and the Angels dressed up as characters from the hit movie Ghost Busters, changing up the name to Cancer Busters!  The Ke Akua Youth Group and Episcopal Church Women of All Saints' has been participating for many years, and this year they raised over $5,500 through rummage and bake sales in the six months preceding the event. They also had food sales during the Relay that were in theme such as Slimer's Delight (lime Jell-o parfait), Ghostly Gruel (Portuguese Bean Soup) and Zuul's Zombie Loaves (Cornbread). The event on Kaua'i has drawn national attention for its participation numbers and money raised, especially in relation to the island's population. Head officials from the main office on the mainland flew to Kaua'i to check it out and were not disappointed. With 60 teams, this year's event raised well over $211,000 and counting.   


Regional Confirmation Service on Maui

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, the Maui Regional Confirmation service was held at Holy Innocents in Lahaina. Pictured above with Bishop Fitzpatrick and the Rev. Amy Crowe from Holy Innocents, are those who were received into the Episcopal Church: Leo Cornerton, Martha Ann Siefken, Brandie Leigh-McBride Henderson and Clinton Richard Henderson.  (Photo from the Holy Innocents Facebook page)

Good Shepherd Celebrates at the Barrio Festival

Each year, the members of Good Shepherd in Wailuku spend long hours preparing for the community's Barrio Festival that celebrates Filipino heritage and history. Their dance troupe gears up for performances, members work hard on the booth, and tons of food is prepared.  This year, the two-day festival took place on May 22 & 23, 2015, and is one of the largest cultural celebrations that take place on Maui. Their own Sheena Garo was crowned Ms. Barrio Fiesta!  (Photos from the Good Shepherd Facebook page)

Centering Prayer Comes to Lahaina

By Paula Baldwin

On Saturday, May 23, 2015, Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Lahaina hosted an Introduction to Centering Prayer event, facilitated by the Rev. Austin Murray of Trinity By-the-Sea Episcopal Church.  Seven people from Lahaina and three from Kihei, gathered for talk, listening, centering, prayer walk, communication, community building, and lunch on the grass together. It was an exciting time in lovely surroundings.

"I feel blessed."--- "I wish there had been discussion about the false self and the true self."--- "I think I now understand the difference between meditation and centering prayer."--- "When we got ready to center for the second time, I was relaxed and ready to participate."--- "Let's meet on Thursdays." These were just come of the comments heard at the end of the meeting, and it was clear from the positive reaction that Centering Prayer would continue as a regular offering on Maui's West side.  


Although Centering Prayer is new to Lahaina, it is not new to Maui. Existing groups are in Wailuku at St. Anthony's Catholic Church (Saturdays at 8:15 AM), and in Kihei at Trinity By-the-Sea (Mondays at 6:15 PM). Centering Prayer in Lahaina will continue on Thursdays at 4:00 PM at Holy Innocents. Folks will have a chance to experience centering prayer together, watch DVDs, have discussions, and continue to build up this community. All are welcome. The Holy Spirit is truly at work.  For further information e-mail Paula Baldwin


Regional Confirmation on the Big Island

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the Regional Confirmation Service for the Big Island of Hawai'i took place at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Pa'auilo

Pictured above are St. Jude members who turned up in force to support newly confirmed Jerry Fine, and three others who were received into the Episcopal Church: Susan Fine, Milton Leroy Bartlett, and Cindy Ann Cutts. (Photo from St. Columba's newsletter)

Pictured at left with Bishop Fitzpatrick (in no particular order), are St. James' newly confirmed Thomas Eugene Robertson and Jada Rufo, and Patricia Elizabeth O'Leary Anderson from St. Columba's.  Received into the Episcopal Church was Amy Teresa Lynn from St.James'.  (Photo from the St. James' Parishes E-news dated May 8, 2015) 

Not pictured, from St. Augustine's were newly confirmed Judy Itzig-Heine and Patricia Cameron, and received into the Episcopal Church was Don Ryan Dollaga.

St James' Annual Mother's Day Tea & Fashion Show

On Saturday, May 9, St. James' Episcopal Church in Kamuela held their annnual Mother's Day Tea and Fashion Show.  Members "walked the runway" (including Fr. David Stout in the third photo) dressed in clothing from the St. James'  Thrift Shop and Boutique. All proceeds were given to the Children & Family Services Domestic Violence Shelter.  (Photos by Karen Sanchez from the St. James' online newsletter) 

Cursillo: Reflecting on Maui's ACCW 
Cursillo is flourishing on the Big Island of Hawai'i, and at their last weekend gathering, held May 21-24, 2015, in Kohala, Susie Davis (pictured at right), a member of Trinity By-the-Sea Episcopal Church on Maui, made the trip over to share her "rollo". Davis' moving talk focused on her journey with Christ and her volunteer work with Maui's A Cup of Cold Water (ACCW), a care-van outreach ministry.  To read her talk in its entirety, click HERE.

But just what is Cursillo? On the National Episcopal Cursillo website, it says Cursillo is:
  • an opportunity to grow in faith and in spirituality
  • a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and how we can serve Him.

  • an experience of living and sharing with others in a loving and caring Christian community and realizing that this can be extended into our own environment

  • a continuing community that gives support and encouragement to help Christians carry out their Baptismal Vows.

Cursillo includes a three-day weekend that begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday. The weekend includes fifteen talks, five meditations and a Eucharist every day. The Cursillo weekend is not a retreat, but an opportunity to meet clergy and laity seeking to strengthen your faith. It provides an environment to experience the reality of the gift of God's love through shared prayer, individual meditation, worship, study, fellowship, laughter, tears, and unconditional love.  

Celebrating at Holy Apostles

The "tongues of fire" on the day of Pentecost took on a whole new meaning at Holy Apostles in Hilo this year.  Not only did they have a fire breather, but a dragon (sans fire) made an appearance during the service! Following the service, they celebrated Rev. Moki Hino's 50th birthday complete with crown, sash and a beautiful cake in the shape of a golden koi (carp), the Japanese symbol for courage and strength. Pictured at far right, Rev. Moki Hino is pictured with his 95 year old grandmother and the beautiful koi cake.  (Photos by Dixie Kaetsu.)

Parting shot from St. Augustine's...
In case you didn't get enough cuteness from the Easter collage at top, we share one more photo from around the Diocese, of the keiki at St.Augustine's who colored eggs for their Easter egg hunt on Easter!  (Photo by Kathy Matsuda)



Presiding Bishop Moderates WCC Panel on Peace, 
Security in the Congo

[Episcopal News Service] The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is ranked among the world's poorest countries, and since the former Belgian colony fell into the hands of corrupt and power-hungry leaders following its independence in 1960, the Congolese have rarely experienced life without conflict.


A May 27-29 World Council of Churches' (WCC) conference in Geneva, Switzerland, includes religious leaders, victims of war, former child soldiers, United Nations representatives, members of relief agencies, and post-conflict practitioners, all seeking solutions for peace and security in the war-weary nation. Participants at the event are addressing violent conflict, electoral integrity, environmental protection and human rights.


Quoting from Isaiah 58, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said: "The peacemaking work that we are all about is repairing [the] breach, that gap in abundant life that Jesus believes is the birthright of all human beings. Repairing that breach is what we are about and why we are here."


Jefferts Schori was moderating a panel at the conference that focused on international cooperation for peace building and reconstruction. She visited the DRC for six days in July 2011 to spend time with the victims of war, orphaned children and women who've been raped by rebel soldiers leading to stigmatization and abandonment by their families and communities. Jefferts Schori witnessed how the Province L'Eglise Anglicane du Congo (Anglican Church of Congo) and its partners are committed to serving the vulnerable, needy and traumatized in the Central African nation of some 72 million people. READ MORE


(Pictured above: During a July 2011 visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Rev. Margaret Rose and the Rev. Petero Sabune stop to say a prayer with widows in a community near the Anglican University of Congo in Bunia. Widows are considered outcasts in many Congolese communities. Photo: Matthew Davies)



Transformed by 12 Years in Tanzania, Missionaries Set to Return 

[Episcopal News Service] As a child, the Rev. Sandra McCann dreamed of someday going to Africa. But she never imagined it would become her home, her ministry and her entire life for 12 years.

hen Sandy and her husband Martin reached their mid-50s, they made the audacious decision to give up their successful medical careers in radiology and pathology, sell their home and move to Africa as Episcopal Church missionaries. Their move was delayed for three years and in that time Sandy graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained as an Episcopal priest.


After an "internship" year in Maseno, Kenya, where they worked alongside fellow Episcopal missionaries Gerry and Nancy Hardison, the McCanns moved to Dodoma, Tanzania's capital city, and have spent the past decade teaching and healing and living in a community far removed from their former lives in Columbus, Georgia. The experience has changed and expanded their worldview forever, they say.  READ MORE


(Pictured above: The Rev. Sandra McCann baptizes an elderly member of St. Peter's Anglican Church in Chikola, Tanzania, during one of her parish visits in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika. By Matthew Davies)



Church in Brazil to Celebrate 125 Years

2015 also marks 50 years of autonomy, 30 years of women's ordination

[Episcopal News Service] For 125 years the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil has been rooted in mission. What began as a mission church of the U.S.-based Episcopal Church has expanded its own mission fields into remote corners in what is the largest country in South America.


In the coming days, the church will gather in Porto Alegre, the birthplace of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil, to celebrate not only its 125th anniversary but also 50 years of autonomy and 30 years of women's ordination.


"It is important to celebrate this milestone because it is imperative that the history and memories of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil are kept alive," said Archbishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, Brazil's primate since 2013, and bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Brazil. "It is also an opportunity to celebrate and give thanksgivings for the dedication and devotion of many generations and to make visible the Anglican presence in Brazil."  READ MORE


Sybil Nishioka, Editor & Communications Contractor


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