The Rev. Dcn. Roberta “Bobbi” Kraft has accepted a call to serve as curate at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Waco, Texas in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. She will serve for the next two years in the position as an assistant to the Rector of the parish with pastoral responsibility. Ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Matthew Gunter in December 2017, she completed a Masters of Divinity at the Virginia Theological Seminary in May. She will be ordained to the priesthood on July 21st, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Fond du Lac.
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!”
St. Paul Episcopal Church, Suamico, has released the profile in the search for for its next Vicar. The profile is available at diofdl.org/suamicosearch where it may be downloaded as a PDF or read directly on the page. Additional information about Suamico is also available.
Bishop Matt Gunter is both disheartened and delighted and to announce Vicky Stauber-Pufall's retirement with her last day being May 31, 2018. Vicky has served the diocese as Diocesan Office Secretary for over 11 years, contributing her gifts of hospitality and servanthood. Vicky said she approached the position "as a called ministry of Christ Jesus my Lord and Savior, and not simply a job." She plans to spend more time with her family both in Wisconsin and the Duluth, MN area.
"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.
The 2018 Spring Conference of the Diocese of Fond du Lac focused on the theme Faithful Innovation in a Disruptive Age. Facilitated by Dwight Zscheile, an Episcopal priest and professor at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN who specializes in Missional Leadership, participants joined in learning and discussion on how the church may step outside of itself to really focus on the work of being the Kingdom of God and living out the gospel. One area of focus was how church members may be with and love those who would never step foot in a church building, noting that the number of people unwilling/afraid/hesitant to go to church is ever increasing.
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.
Prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of the Rev. Wayne Allen Robert Mionske who died April 30, 2018. He was 80.
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.