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On June 22, 2014, 79 members of the diocese were honored with the David P. Hegg II Lifetime Achievement Award at the 18th annual Senior Ministries Evensong, held at Christ Church in East Orange with the Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of Newark, officiating.


Priest, scientist, social activist, and missionary, the Rev. Canon Wade Renn, 79, will retire from House of Prayer in Newark on June 29 after a 50-year ministry that has touched the lives of countless people. When asked what he cherishes most about his long and varied ministry, he answers without hesitation, “To have been called by God to be a domestic and foreign missionary of the Episcopal Church.” In 2005, at age 70, when not a few clergy have settled into less ambitious ministries, Renn founded a faith-based mission to the homeless in Montclair, providing shelter, food and showers for those in need. He remained president of the mission until 2012. It’s but one of many impressive accomplishments during a truly amazing life of service.

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Jim Walsh grew up in Paterson, NJ, with loving parents who worked hard to provide him every opportunity. After graduating from St. Francis College in Maine with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and a Minor in Elementary Education, Jim worked for the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), as well as several other several social services agencies supporting children, teens and veterans.


At 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral in Newark, Joyce McGirr was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate (a step in the process toward ordination to the Priesthood). Her journey to this day has been diverse and spirit-filled.


"The sun has come out - and that is an omen for this park, for this city, for our life together," said Bishop Mark Beckwith, before leading the assembled people in a blessing of the newly renovated Military Park, at its grand opening on June 13, 2014.


Twenty-five years ago, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, under the leadership of the Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, made church history when it created the first official diocesan ministry for gay and lesbian people. That milestone was remembered on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral in Newark, where current and former leaders of The OASIS gathered with family and friends for a joyous Eucharist and reception, to look back and also to think about what God might be calling us to do next.


When Bishop Mark Beckwith blesses the launch of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Lincoln Park & Montville on June 8, it will mark the formal end of a methodical process that started more than seven years earlier, and the beginning of a new ministry and mission. The unification of St. Andrew’s in Lincoln Park and Church of the Transfiguration in Towaco (a section of Montville) was affirmed in January at Diocesan Convention.

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The 2014 Memorial Day Service at St. James' Church in Upper Montclair was a very special event.

“I don’t remember such a moving ceremony at St. James',” said parishioner, Ruth Gardner of Montclair, “And I’ve been a member here for over 50 years.”

"I told them that the hand of my God had been gracious upon me, and also the words that the king had spoken to me. Then they said, ‘Let us start building!’ So they committed themselves to the common good." Nehemiah 2:18

In researching the latest recipient for the Bishop’s Church Emergency Fund call, we dove deep into the archives at Episcopal House. In a historical file for this recipient, we discovered details of capital campaigns for the building of the original church, founded in 1914, and for the expanded, present day facility built in 1953. This verse from Nehemiah was utilized in both time periods, to speak to the building and maintaining of the facilities in this suburban Bergen County town. It resonates now, a century later, as we issue the second call of 2014 for the Bishop’s Church Emergency Fund, for Christ Church in Teaneck.