Francisco-fact: What is happening with our Ministry to the Diocese of Ezo?

St. Francis’s work with South Sudan is our church’s oldest continuing international ministry. It breaks down into two parts. One part is our continuing work with the St. Francis Basic School in Juba. This has been a long-term commitment beginning with the establishment of a school in Juba in South Sudan to serve the needsContinue reading “Francisco-fact: What is happening with our Ministry to the Diocese of Ezo?”

FRANCISCO-fact: We Adapt as a Congregation

Once we are allowed to worship in person, what happens if we cannot fit in the church? What happens to Prayer Books and other familiar things that go along with the way we did things at St. Francis? Our current reality is that when the Diocese approves the plan to worship in person again, weContinue reading “FRANCISCO-fact: We Adapt as a Congregation”

FRANCISCO-fact: What is Confirmation?

This reads like a Catechism question. In reality, it is a question from our real life here at St. Francis and from the Catechism, or aka An Outline of Faith: commonly called the catechism starting on page 845 in the Prayer Book. Who knew? The Episcopal Church has a Catechism! Yes, yes, it does. But,Continue reading “FRANCISCO-fact: What is Confirmation?”

Francisco-fact: When can we worship together again indoors?

The Governor of Virginia has been loosening up on guidelines around people interacting; what is the effect of those guidelines on worship services at St. Francis Church? St. Francis’ leadership is following the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines as directed by the Bishop of the Diocese, who consults with her assisting bishops, the Standing Committee, and healthContinue reading “Francisco-fact: When can we worship together again indoors?”

Important message from the Bishops of the Diocese of Virginia

Dear Franciscans, Today, the Bishops of the Diocese of Virginia released a letter addressing two recent incidents which are disturbing. One of the incidents included racial epithets pointed at minority athletes on the campus of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee communicated through acts of Vandalism, and the other was the murder of eight people, six of whom were Asian Women. The bishops are asking for our prayers and our renewed efforts to stand against violence and racism. I ask you to read their statement and add your prayers to those of the diocese on behalf of the victims, their families, and our society.  -Rev. David Lucey