The Bishop’s Epistle: 31 Mar 2017

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March 31, 2017




Recently, there has been an interesting theological controversy swirling around a new book written by conservative Christian author Rod Dreher. The title of the book is The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians Living in a Post Christian Nation.


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Why Serve 2017 Conference





[TEC] Young adults of color are invited to examine their gifts and explore opportunities at an Episcopal Church retreat, Why Serve 2017, from Monday, June 12 to Thursday, June 15 at Bexley Seabury in Chicago. Invited to attend this conference of fellowship, training, discernment, and self-care are young adults (age 18-30) from the Asiamerican, Black, Indigenous/Native American and Latino/Hispanic communities of The Episcopal Church. Registration information is here. NOTE: Financial aid is available for those wishing to attend from the Diocese of Arizona. A recommendation letter from the attendee’s Rector/Vicar must be submitted to the Diocesan Office by May 15.

Arizona Episcopalian

The Spring 2017 edition of the AZ Episcopalian magazine is now available online. This issue contains lots of information about Summer Camps and other great things going on around the Diocese. If you are not receiving the magazine by mail, contact your church to sign up (it’s FREE)!







Canon Richard Morrison, Canon for Ecumenical and Community Relations, is constantly developing contacts with various organizations offering services to many different groups. As outreach opportunities become available for our churches, they will be shared here.

Healing of Memories Workshop





The first Healing of Memories Workshop of Women will be held at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, AZ on April 7-9, 2017. The workshop is devoted to women vets only and will provided them with a safe experiential and interactive way to address anger, loss, grief and guilt. The workshop is free of charge to any woman service member or veteran. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants. Complete details and registration information are available here.







Please go to the Diocesan Calendar for more detailed information about these events and others including services such as Taizé and Compline. Use our Find a Church feature to locate a church listed below.

Saturday, April 1

  • Produce on Wheels With Out Waste
    @ St. John the Baptist, Glendale
  • Walking the Mourner’s Path
    @ Church of the Advent, Sun City West
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Godly Play Practice Group @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Omega Service @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona
Sunday, April 2
  • Arizona Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians Meeting
    @ St. Mary’s, Phoenix
  • Group Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park

Tuesday, April 4

  • Taizé @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson

Wednesday, April 5

  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Thursday, April 6
  • Southern Retired Clergy Dinner
    @ Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson
  • Taizé @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • AZ Welcomes Refugees Meeting @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
Friday, April 7
  • First Fridays @ Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix
  • “The Cross of Love” Lenten Forum
    @ St. John the Baptist, Glendale


[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

2  All Saints’ Church & Day School, Phoenix
9  Iglesia Episcopal de San Pablo, Phoenix
16  Santa Maria Episcopal Church, Phoenix
23  St. Jude’s, Phoenix

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:


    The Rev. Mary Piotrowski,
    who is recovering from a broken arm



    Deacon Candidate Debra Loder,
    whose infant granddaughter, Pearl, died



    The Rev. Gregory Wyes,
    who has been hospitalized



    The Rev. Sally Durand,
    who is recovering from knee surgery



    Vicki Fitzsimmons, wife of The Rev. Jim Fitzsimmons,
    who has been diagnosed with terminal leukemia



    The Rt. Rev. Robert Shahan,
    who is receiving treatment for Alzheimer’s


  • The Rev. Bob Williams,
    who has been hospitalized


  • Nancy Dugan, wife of The Rev. Ray Dugan,
    who is in hospice care


  • All members of the Armed Forces,
    especially those who are serving overseas
  • Those affected by recent weather, natural disasters, and
    civil unrest
The above names will stay on this list for up to four weeks. If someone needs to remain on this list for a longer period, or to have others added to this list, please contact Nicole Krug at

Contact Information

Phone: 602-254-0976
The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, 114 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1406
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