The Rev. Dcn. Isaiah Brokenleg has accepted a call to serve as vicar of Trinity Episcopal Church, Watertown, South Dakota in the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota. Ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Matthew Gunter in December 2017, Brokenleg completed a Masters of Divinity at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in May. He will be ordained to the priesthood on July 21st, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Fond du Lac.
Prior to discerning a call to the priesthood, Brokenleg was an active member of St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Minocqua, including serving on the Vestry. His secular employment was as an Epidemiologist. “Isaiah will continue to be a blessing to the Church,” Bishop Gunter shared. “His pastoral gifts and life experience will serve him well at Trinity.”
Diocesan United Thank Offering (UTO) Coordinator, Carol Feller Gottard, has announced the diocesan UTO Ingathering will take place during the Eucharistic Festival, June 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Fond du Lac. Representatives from each congregation are invited to bring an envelope with their local collection (or if your collection has already been sent, an envelope noting such) to drop into the big blue box just prior to the passing of the peace. Questions about details may be directed to Carol. Read more about UTO at diofdl.org/uto.
The Coordinator also announced this as her last UTO action as she will no longer be serving as diocesan coordinator. "I have loved doing this ministry," she wrote in a letter to the congregations, "and have more than enjoyed working with all of the thankful people in this diocese. May God’s Blessings be upon you always."
Erik Evenson, a member of St. John, Wausau, will attend the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. He is discerning a call to the priesthood. The Diocese of Fond du Lac provides $7,500 for each of his three years of study from the Fey Endowment for Seminarians. Your prayers for he and his wife, Amy, are encouraged. Here are some comments from Erik as he begins this journey.
I am happy to announce that I will be attending the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX beginning in August and will be living there for three years while I complete my Masters of Divinity program.
We first visited SSW in November 2017, and immediately felt at home in the city and among the other seminarians. In fact, the first day we were there, my wife, Amy, told me that this was the place for us and I wholeheartedly agreed. Seminary of the Southwest is relatively small (around 130 students) and an emphasis is put on building relationships among seminarians and the community which we serve.
In addition to my MDiv coursework, I also plan to take additional coursework in the Chaplaincy program in order to build my skills for ministry within hospice/nursing home settings, as well as with at-risk youth.
We are extremely grateful for the encouragement and support we’ve received from both our parish of St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Fond du Lac. The scholarships I received will go a long way toward helping my family offset the expenses that come with going to graduate school and relocating to another state. As you can imagine, the cost is substantial. We are still asking for donations to help us offset moving expenses, health insurance, and going down to one income. Our donation page can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/help-erik-with-seminary
After graduation, we are excited to return to the Diocese of Fond du Lac and for to continue my spiritual journey among our family and friends. You can follow along on our family adventures on our blog at: awisconsiniteintexas.wordpress.com.
The documentary Traces of the Trade will be shown in the Wisconsin River Deanery from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11th at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 403 Chicago Street, Minocqua. All are welcome to attend. A discussion will be held following the viewing. Lunch will be provided, although donations to help offset the cost are welcome. Please RSVP below.
In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Learn more about it here.
The Diocese of Fond du Lac has received a small bequest from the estate of the Rev. Robert A. Smith who died on March 12, 2018 in Dowagiac, Michigan. He was 84.
Smith was a graduate of Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin and from Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He was ordained Deacon March 22, 1958 and Priest on Oct. 4, 1958.
From 1958 to 1974 he served St. Paul Episcopal Church, Plymouth; St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Chilton; St. Paul Episcopal Church, Suamico and St. Mark Episcopal Church, Oconto. He served congregations in Michigan from 1976 to 1998 when he retired from active ministry.
The Executive Council acted to receive the bequest and designated it be added to the Permanent Mission Fund of the diocese. The investment is held as part of the Diocesan Common Trust. This is to honor his service to mission congregations of the diocese.
"We are thankful for Fr. Smith's generosity and support to the Church into the future," Bishop Matt commented. "As our Prayer Book reminds us, it is each of our duty to provide for the well-being of our family as well as leaving bequests, if able, for religious and charitable uses." Fr. Smith sets a good example.
St. Anne Episcopal Chhurch, De Pere, invites members of the parish, diocese and community at large to its grief support program, “Walking Through the Valley”. Walking Through the Valley is a faith-based ministry to those who have suffered a loss. Grieving is a process, it is a journey through the pain of loss to a place of being able to rebuild one’s life. This ministry aims to assist people in their journey by providing listening hearts, information and encouragement.
The summer group grief support session begins July 9th, and is held on five Monday evenings, 6:30 to 8:00. Individual grief support is also available for those who seek private support, or who are unable to attend a group session. Information and online registration is available on our website at stannes.us/grief-support-ministry. Our brochure can be found here.
For more information, contact Dcn. Mary Lynn Adams (DcnMaryLynn@gmail.com) or the St. Anne’s office (920-336-9571 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fr. Kamal Farah, a Palestinian Anglican Priest from Nazareth will be visiting the Diocese of Fond du Lac from Tuesday, June 11 - Monday, June 18. Fr. Kamal is an expert understanding the scriptures in the context of where they were written and took place: The Holy Lands of Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. You will not find a better storyteller and teacher of The Gospels in their Context. Fr. Kamal speaks several different languages including Hebrew, Arabic, English, Syriac Aramaic, Greek, and many more.
Several people from the Diocese of Fond du Lac have gone on pilgrimage to The Holy Lands and have studied and sat at the feet of Fr. Kamal who was their instructor.
You and your friends and family are invited to come and participate as often as you can during his visit to the diocese. All dates and times and locations are below.
Fr. Kamal Farah’s Visitation
Wednesday, June 13
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch at Diocesan Summer Camp
Campers and Staff
5:30 – 8:00 pm
Dinner at St. Thomas, Menasha: Stories and Questions about The Church in the Holy Lands
Open To All - RSVP HERE
Thursday, June 14
9:00 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Clergy Day at St. Thomas, Menasha: The Gospels in Context with Q & A
Open to All Diocesan Clergy - RSVP HERE
Friday, June 15
5:30 – 8:00 pm
Dinner at St. Thomas, Menasha: The Gospels in Context with Q & A
Open to All - RSVP HERE
Saturday, June 16
6:30 - 8:30 pm
An Evening at Grace, Sheboygan: The Gospels in Context with Q & A
Open to All - RSVP HERE
Sunday, June 17
8:00 and 10:00 am
Preaching at St. Thomas, Menasha
Open to All
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch at St. Thomas, Menasha: Open Forum for Questions PLUS Fr. Kamal’s Blessing and Challenge to All
Open to All - RSVP HERE
Prior to her discernment of a call to the priesthood, Bobbi was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church, Sheboygan where she served as Senior Warden. She was active in diocesan ministry including volunteering at the diocesan summer camp. She served as a deputy to General Convention in 2015.
“What a blessing to the Church she has been and will continue to be,” Bishop Gunter shared. “Her gifts and pastoral abilities will be an asset to any that she serves.” In a Facebook post announcing the decision, Dcn. Bobbi noted she was “excited and humbled by what has passed and what is yet to come. Thank you for all of your steadfast love and support!”
"We will keep Vicky in our prayers." Bishop Gunter shared, "and wish her health and happiness as she enters this next chapter in her life." Those who have appreciated Vicky's service are invited to contribute to a retirement purse, facilitated through the Diocesan Office. A check may be sent with "Retirement" in the memo or your gift may be made electronically.
Contribute to the retirement purse
for Vicky Stauber-Pufall
Much information was based on Zscheile's recent books, The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age and People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity. Both encourage a renewed conversation about identity and mission in American Anglicanism today, based on the recognition that the church's context in the U.S. has dramatically changed. The legacies of establishment, benefactor approaches to mission, and the national church ideal are no longer adequate for the challenges and opportunities facing the 21st century church.
You'll want to watch the five-minute video which captures the essence of the day. It should be viewed by everyone in your congregation. PLEASE share this video with everyone who attends your congregation! It is worth it. Watch the video here.
Wayne received an M.Div. from Lutheran Theological School at Chicago, and M.Ed. from the University of Wisconsin, and completed coursework at Nashotah House. He served as a Pastor in the Lutheran Church in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan from 1963-1979. He was ordained to the priesthood August 6, 1982 and served St. Andrew's, Kenosha. He served as Vicar of Holy Trinity, Waupun from 1985 until retirement in 1998. He served as Editor of the Diocese of Fond du Lac paper from 1985-1999 and was an Associate of the Order of Julian of Norwich. As a retiree he served as a supply priest for congregations of the Diocese of Milwaukee where he lived.
His funeral was held May 11, 2018 and he is interred at Ridgewood Cemetery, Des Plaines, IL. Give rest , O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Obituary here.
Secretaries from around the Diocese of Fond du Lac gathered in Appleton for their annual network meeting. The Church Secretary Network Meeting is a diocesan sponsored event facilitated by Vicky Stauber-Pufall, Diocesan Office Secretary. Meetings include times for training, socializing, food and commissioning for this vital ministry. If you have't said thank you to your church secretary in awhile, now is a good time to pick up the phone or send a note to say "Thank you" for all they do. You can see pictures from these meetings over the years here.
Julius will provide up to date information about Mothers’ Mercy Home and the children who reside there through the eighth grade and those who board at Secondary Schools during the school year. The Board will also discuss renewing their three year agreement with MMH during his visit.
A question asked by many of the Partners is what happens to the students once they leave MMH after Secondary School? CARGO MEN’S CLUB was organized by alumni of MMH in June, 2017 with the purpose of addressing the needs of young men through empowerment, mentorship, direction and nurture of skills. Julius serves as secretary of the group. He will describe the voluntary community projects the Club engages in to give back to society. He will also provide updates on each of the alumni who have had Partners.
Julius will be speaking at both the 8 am and 10 am services at St. Thomason Sunday, July 8th and at St. Boniface, Mequon on Saturday evening July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd. If any individuals or groups are interested in meeting with Julius please contact Kathy Peterson, (920) 725-3174, email@example.com or Sue Steinhilber, (920) 573-0465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appleton - All Saints
Bishop Matt Gunter
Celebration Of New Ministry
De Pere St. Anne
De Pere - St. Anne
Diocese Of Masvingo
Episcopal Relief And Development
Fond Du Lac Cathedral Of St. Paul
Fond Du Lac - Cathedral Of St. Paul
Good Friday Offering
Lessons & Carols
Marinette - St. Paul
Marshfield - St. Alban
Menasha St. Thomas
Menasha - St. Thomas
Minocqua St. Matthias
Minocqua - St. Matthias
Mosinee - St. James
New London - St. John
Oneida Holy Apostles
Oneida - Holy Apostles
Order Of Julian Of Norwich
Plymouth - St. Paul
Presiding Bishop Visit
Rest In Peace
Rhinelander - St. Augustine
Ripon - St. Peter
Sheboygan - Grace
Stevens Point - Intercession
Sturgeon Bay - Christ The King
Suamico - St. Paul
Tomahawk - St. Barnabas
United Thank Offering (UTO)
Waupun - Holy Trinity
Wausau St. John
Wausau - St. John
Wautoma - St. Mary Chapel
Wisconsin Rapids - St. John
Worship And Prayer