Dec 12th, 2014
Week One and Two.
I am always intrigued by the different traditions that people will focus on during this time of the year. When Connie and I were married, we made a conscious decision that Thanksgiving would be with my side of the family and Christmas would be with her family. Christmas at the time was certainly my favorite holiday, mostly because I knew we would have children and I looked forward to creating for them lifetime memories that, just as my parents had created for me. But the arrangements for the holidays weren’t based on anything other than following a pattern that had been set…(Read More).
Nov 1st, 2014
The Centurion Project is a healing retreat for veterans suffering moral injury resulting from combat/operational stress, post-traumatic stress, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Retreat participants are sponsored – that is, there is no cost to the veteran (and spouse accompanying the veteran) as all lodging accommodations and meals are included. Participants are, however, responsible to secure and pay for their own personal transportation to and from the event location.
Space is limited! Only approved registrants may attend.
Please do not make travel plans until you receive confirmation that your registration has been accepted.
Oct 14th, 2014
Prison Chaplain The Reverend Josh Davis was recognized by his superiors at the U.S. Penitentiary (Law Enforcement Division) , Lewsiburg, Pennsylvania as “Correctional Worker of the Quarter.” Chaplain Davis is an instructor for the Bureau of Prisons’ non-residential re-entry program, “Threshold,” which is designed to build positive mental skills, personal disciplines, and social principals that may assist prisoners in becoming law-abiding citizens who avoid further incarceration and live to their God-given potential. “I love having a group of men to work with and being led by the Lord to learn about the many issues that rebuild them and also help me to grow closer to God,” Chaplain Davis said.
Sep 21st, 2014
On September 2nd, 2014, The Reverend Canon Jay Cayangyang was promoted to the rank of Commander in the United States Navy Chaplain Corps. The ceremony was held at Chapel By The Sea aboard Naval Station Mayport, Florida where Canon Jay serves as a Navy Reserve Chaplain assigned to Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic (CNSL) Ministry Center. Bishop Derek Jones was on hand to deliver the invocation and blessing on Jay while his parents and family members watched with joy and delight. Also in attendance for the celebration of promotion were, The Right Reverend Neil Lebhar, Bishop of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese and The Very Reverend Doctor Gary Pollitt, CAPT, CHC,USN (Ret) past Executive Director of the Military Chaplains Association. Jay currently serves on staff with the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy as both Coordinator for Military and Governmental Chaplains and Coordinator for Special Projects. His responsibilities for the Jurisdiction include heading up THE CENTURION PROJECT, a new retreat based healing ministry program for military veterans, first responders, and their families. The first retreat is scheduled for December.
Aug 10th, 2014
The Pastoral Care Minister program was the precursor to the establishment of Deaneries within the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy. On August 1st, 2014 The Rt. Rev. Derek LS Jones directed the stand-up of three deaneries under the direction and oversight of The Very Rev. Harry Mathis, Provost.
The Deaneries are:
Hospital Prison Hospice, and Law Enforcement (and other professionally credentialed chaplains) under the care of Very Rev. Scott Buck, Associate Provost and The Rev. David Noles, Associate Dean.
Community, Education, and Industrial Chaplains under the care of The Very Rev. Gary Pollitt, Dean and The Rev. Ken Webb, Associate Dean.
Military and Military Association Chaplains under the care of The Very Rev. Hal Scott, Dean and The Rev. Canon Daniel Waterman, Associate Dean.
While PCM’s did their best to keep as much constant contact as possible, under the new structure it will be incumbent upon chaplains to maintain contact for pastoral and professional matters with their Deans.
Aug 5th, 2014
The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a lawsuit in an attempt to use the IRS as a weapon to censor sermons on moral issues that have political implications. Among the many churches and pastors in the crosshairs was one of our own: Chaplain Patrick Malone who besides being a chaplain is also the Vicar of Milwaukee-based Holy Cross Anglican Church. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty joined with Patrick and the church to stand up to FFRF. The Becket Fund is a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths. Once Patrick and the Becket Fund became involved, the FFRF couldn’t work fast enough to ask the court to dismiss its own lawsuit! “This (FFRF) lawsuit was a bad idea from the beginning—who thinks the IRS should be deciding what a preacher says in a sermon?” said Daniel Blomberg, Legal Counsel for the Becket Fund. In a statement, The Right Reverend Derek LS Jones, Bishop of the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy, said “My sincere thanks to Daniel Blomberg and the Becket Fund. I’ve worked closely with Daniel on many issues and know he is a champion in the battle to preserve Religious Liberty. Without Religious Liberty, no one is truly free. I’m thankful for Fr. Patrick and the members of Holy Cross; and proud of the courageous stand they took… as should also EVERY church in the USA!”
You can read the full article on the Becket Fund site at: http://www.becketfund.org/militant-atheists-sound-retreat-give-forcing-irs-censor-sermons/