The history of the Good Friday Offering reaches back to 1922 when, in the aftermath of World War I, The Episcopal Church sought to create new relationships with and among the Christians of the Middle East. From these initial efforts which focused on a combination of relief work and the improvement of ecumenical and Anglican relations, the Good Friday Offering was created.
"The Diocese of Fond du Lac has been a supporter of this effort for many decades," Bishop Matt Gunter recently shared. "I call on every congregation to participate to support or brothers and sisters in Christ."
Information about the Good Friday Offering, including resources (bulletins and poster), stories and where to send collections may be found at episcopalchurch.org/good-friday-offering. The bishops, priests, and people of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East thank you very much for your support as we come together in the One Body of Christ, strengthening our faith by living the Good News.
Prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of Brother Barnabas, OJN (Bruce Leben) who died February 10, 2018. He was 72.
Bruce Michael (Brother Barnabas) Leben, formerly of Waukesha WI, and St. Joseph, MI, was born March 20, 1945 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Frank Otto Leben and Vauna Jean (Young) Leben. Bruce worked for many years as a psychiatric nurse, raised three children, then entered the (Episcopal) Order of Julian of Norwich, taking the name Barnabas and professing solemn monastic vows in July 2003. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Frank; and is survived by his children and their spouses: Elisabeth (Harold) Palfi, Anne (Daniel) Barrett, and Scott (Heather) Leben; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters in the Order of Julian; and by long-time friends Carolyn and Stanley Strzyzykowski; and many others. Memorials may be directed to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, St. Paul Elder Services in Kaukauna WI, or the Order of Julian of Norwich.
The funeral for Br. Barnabas will be on Saturday, 3rd March at 2:00 at the OJN monastery in White Lake. If people wish to attend please call ahead ( 715-882-2377) so that there will be enough chairs and food.