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2019 Clergy Spouse Association Weekend

PARRISH – The Spring 2019 Clergy Spouse Association weekend is February 22 – 24, 2019 at DaySpring Episcopal Center. The theme is Ten Ways to Love: With Some Help From Scripture.

The retreat format will include an interactive session, addressing the issues of keeping one’s personal identity, boundaries and spirituality as an active, retired or widowed clergy spouse. Time for personal prayer and reflection as well as sharing experiences for those who wish and time for relaxing are included.

Speakers Rita and Michael Piovane have extensive experience in designing and facilitating spiritual retreats and educational programs for individuals, couples and families. Rita is a Ph.D. Psychologist who had a private practice before retiring. She also served as Director of Religious Education in two parishes. Michael is a retired Episcopal priest with an Ed.D. in Higher Educational Administration, a M.Div., and a certificate in spirituality from Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

Registration and conference information is below:

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Register for the Annual Luncheon

PUNTA GORDA – The annual CSA luncheon celebration will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will feature Barbara Evans as our 2018 Luncheon Speaker.

Barbara is the Chief Development Officer for Grace Place for Children and Families in Naples. Barbara was awarded 2017’s Outstanding Philanthropic Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Collier-Lee Chapter. Barbara and her family live in Sarasota where her husband serves as Associate to the Rector at St. Boniface. Register HERE.

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Announcing the Mary Ellen Smith Fund

The CSA Board of Directors recently voted to utilize a portion of the CSA’s account balance to create an endowment fund to provide ongoing support of the CSA’s mission and purpose of supporting clergy spouses and
their families.

The decision to honor our beloved Mary Ellen Smith by naming the fund in her memory was indeed a God-given gift of inspiration. The establishment of this fund and its growth will impact the CSA’s ability to fulfill outreach needs in our community and beyond. A portion of the offering from the 2018 Convention Holy Eucharist with Bishop Curry will be designated to the newly established MES Memorial Endowment Fund.

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Ordination of Alexander Andujar and Robert Baker

Photos, taken by Bonnie Jean M. Durning and Garland Pollard, of the ordination of the Rev. Alexander Andujar to the priesthood and Robert Owen Baker to the diaconate, at Christ Episcopal Church, Bradenton, on June 29, 2014.

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Clergy Families Gather at St. Boniface, Siesta Key

Photos of our most recent outing on Siesta Key.

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Clergy Spouse Cruises on Norwegian Sky

csa_cruiseThe week after Easter ((April 21- 25), six couples from our diocese cruised with the Clergy Spouses of Southeast Florida along with Bishop Frade and his wife Diana to the Bahamas.

An annual event for the CSA of Southeast Florida, members of our CSA were invited to come along to see if we would like to cruise with them each year or to organize our own event out of the Port of Tampa. Our group joined twenty couples on the Norwegian’s Sky.

Our members and their spouses were: Ning Bonoan and her spouse Father Ray, Betty Creelman and her spouse Deacon Ben, Trish Farrell and her spouse Father Wayne, Carol Garrison and her spouse Bishop Michael, Joe Gilpin and his spouse Deacon Kathy and Liw Villagomeza and her spouse Father Christian. Carol Garrison and Joe Gilpin are currently looking into organizing a cruise on the Brilliance of the Seas for the week after Easter, 2015 out of the Port of Tampa. Please look at your schedule now to see if you would like to go with them.

Prices and reservations will be available soon!

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