March 18, 2020

 

An Urgent Directive to the Clergy and Congregations of the Anglican Diocese of the West:

Mandatory Suspension of Church Gatherings

-- From: The Rt Rev’d Dr Felix Orji, OSB ECCK

 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7

 

Dear Friends,

 

Effective immediately, I am directing all parishes within our Diocese to suspend all church-related public gatherings for the next two weeks.  This includes all church services and social gatherings related to your church and congregations. If for some reason you feel you must continue to gather for worship, the Rector must inform me in writing and include the consent of the Vestry of the parish. Be aware that your decisions and actions may have legal implications for the church if mishandled. 

 

Please note this directive is for the next two weeks or more, depending on your local authorities, city ordinance, or state. This is a critical period in curtailing the spread of the Coronavirus as stated recently by the Centers for Disease Control. I will alert you of future changes to this directive.

 

This action will demand a significant sacrifice for all of us. However, we must act now in the best interest of the common good so that our ministry and mission are not hindered in the future.  

 

I recommend the following actions to keep our congregations connected and engaged with the Church:  use your Internet and Social Media directors to set up a Live Stream every Sunday to allow parishioners to virtually attend services.  This can be done via your Church’s Facebook page or Instagram account.  You might also consider using another phone or digital camcorder to video your services and uploading those videos to your Church’s YouTube page for viewing at any time.

God will guide us in how to take advantage of digital applications to ensure that our congregations receive His word, pastoral care, and fellowship. 

 

The financial viability of parishes and our diocese is a legitimate concern for many clergy and vestries, so I strongly urge you to continue to give to your churches during this time.  

 

As we look unto Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our Faith, I ask each of you to do whatever it takes within the bounds of faith and reason to support and encourage one another, especially the elderly and the vulnerable within and outside the church. He remains sovereign over us and our present circumstances. He is with us and will see us through. 

 

Let us continue steadfastly in prayer, trusting the Lord for his gracious and powerful intervention in protecting us, healing the sick, and glorifying his name in this time of crises. 

 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9 

 

Yours in Christ,

 

The Right Reverend Dr Felix Orji, OSB. 

Diocesan Bishop | Anglican Diocese of the West

Missionary Bishop | USA & Canada

Church of Nigeria(Anglican Communion). 

 

 
 

CANA SYNOD 2018

CANA SYNOD - 2018

2018_Synod
A Synopsis
June 6-7: Clergy & Clergy wives Meeting  
June 7-9 : Diocesan Synod.
HILTON GARDEN INN (University of Texas, El Paso Campus)
111 W. University Ave.
El Paso, TX  79902
 
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. The mission of our Diocese reads as follows:
 
“We are a fellowship of Christian believers whose mission is to make disciples of all nations by preaching the Biblical gospel, teaching God’s Word faithfully, and supporting one another to the glory of God alone.”
 
This Diocesan mission statement encapsulates the Great Commision given to us in Matthew 28:18-20 by our Lord Jesus Christ before He ascended into heaven. At our Synod this year, we will focus our attention on how to fulfill this mission of making disciples through Church Planting. The Bishop in his Pastoral Address will explore the pivotal place of godliness in the life and mission of the Church. Dr. J. I Packer laments that “There was a time when all Christians laid great emphasis on God’s call to holiness. But how different it is today! To listen to our sermons and to read the books we write, and then to watch the zany, worldly, quarrelsome way we behave, you would never imagine that once the highway of holiness was clearly marked out for Bible-believers.” It’s worth thinking about.
 
Our Clergy/clergy wives and Synod meetings will be held at HILTON GARDEN INN at University of Texas, El Paso Campus(UTEP) located at 111 West University Avenue in El Paso, TX. The Courtesy Block has been entered into the system with the following information:
 
Group Name:           SYNOD 2018          
 
Group Code:             SYNOD          
 
Rate:                          $95.00 with Breakfast for up to 2ppl Per Room ONLY w/Coupon
 
Checking in:            JUNE 5, 2018                        
 
Departing:               JUNE 10, 2018               
 
Cut-off Date:            MAY 5, 2018
Rooms that have not been reserved by the Cut-off Date will be released and the best rate available will apply.
 
* * * Guests can make their own reservations by calling the hotel at 915-351-2121 or by on-line at www.elpaso.stayhgi.com and reference the Group Code * * *
 
During our Synod we will also elect two people - one clergy and one lay person - to the Standing Committee. If you have any nominations, please forward the name to Venerable Dr. Myles Calvin at chaplainmcalvin@gmail.com or (915) 383-4422.
 
Registration For Synod 2018
Every church is expected to send two lay delegates selected by the rector or the vestry. In addition, any member of the diocese who desires to attend is warmly welcome to attend the Synod.
 
All clergy and their wives are REQUIRED to be present for Clergy meeting and the annual Synod. Legitimate requests of absence must be submitted by May 5th to the Bishop in writing for permission to be granted at his discretion.
 
Please note that clergy are not expected to wear clergy shirts during the CLERGY MEETING beginning the evening of June 6 through to noon of June 7. However, Clergy are to attend the annual Synod in clerical attire. Clerical attire include clergy shirt with collar. No vestments are required.
 
There is a registration fee of $115 per person (cash or checks made out to the Diocese of CANA West) prior to your arrival to Synod. The registration fee will cover the cost of the Synod materials and events.  This fee also covers the dinner on Thursday, June 7 and lunch on Friday, June 8th.
 
Rectors or Catechists in charge of parishes should complete the Registration Form and return it with the checks as soon as possible. If you intend to be included for Synod dinner on June 7, you must send in your registration with your registration fee to arrive the Diocesan Office in El Paso by Monday, June 1st. Checks($115 for Each Person) are to be made to the Diocese of CANA West and mailed to :
 
JoAnn Casper
St. Francis Cathedral
470 Eagle Drive
El Paso, TX. 79912.
Phone :915 584-5967
 
Here is the Registration information we need from each candidate:
 
*DIOCESE of CANA WEST Synod Registration Form
 
REGISTRATION FEE FOR EACH REGISTRANT is $115
 
 
First Name:                                    
 
Last Name:
 
Title:
 
Church Address:
 
City:
 
State & Zip Code:
 
Cell Phone:
 
Email Address:
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SYNOD DRAFT AGENDA
DIOCESE OF CANA WEST        
JUNE 7-9, 2018
HILTON GARDEN INN,  EL PASO, TX
 
Synod Hosts: Bishop Felix & Lilian Orji, OSB
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 7
2:00 PM Arrival & Registration
6:00 PM Dinner at Hotel
7:00 PM Interview with Church Planters in the Diocese  -  Venerable Scott Seely
 
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 8
6: 00 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 AM Morning Prayer
9:30 – 10:45 AM  Bishop's Address - Bishop Felix Orji
10:45 – 10:55AM  Break
10:55– 12:30 PM Diocesan Business
Standing Committee Election: Ven. Dr. Myles Calvin Financial Report - Sir Charles Napier  (Treasurer)
Canonical Matters - Mr. Christopher Milner (Chancellor)
12:30PM  – 2 PM  Noon Day Prayer & Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 PM : Plenary -The Rev'd Daniel Adkinson
 
3:00 -5:00PM FREE TIME
 
5:00 - 7:00 PM Dinner On Your Own
7:15 - 8:15 PM Pastoral Concerns -lady Dr. Obiageli Obijiofor(MD)Venerable Dr. Cleo Kukeya(Ph. D)
8:15 - 9:15 PM    Plenary - The Rev'd Daniel Adkinson
9:20-  9:30 PM            Compline
9:30-  11.00PM           Knights of St. Christopher Meeting
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 9
6:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 AM Morning Prayer
9:30 – 10:30 AM  Plenary - The Rev'd  Daniel Adkinson
10:30 -10-40 AM  Break
10:45 -12 noon Remarks & Dismissal- Bishop Felix Orji
 
SUNDAY, JUNE 10
10.00 AM  Ordination at St. Francis Cathedral, 470 Eagle Drive, El Paso, Texas, 79912
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If you have any questions on other matters regarding the Synod or clergy meeting please contact the Canon to the Ordinary(Diocesan Bishop), Venerable Dr. Myles Calvin at at chaplainmcalvin@gmail.com or (915) 383-4422.
 
Our Plenary Speaker: The Rev. Daniel Adkinson
Fr. Daniel serves as the founding priest of St. Thomas Anglican Church in Athens, GA. Prior to moving to Athens to plant St. Thomas, he served for almost a decade at Christ Church in Plano, TX. While at Christ Church he served as the first Executive Director of Anglican 1000, a church planting initiative of the ACNA, and as Vicar responsible for all day-to-day operations of the parish under the Rev. Canon David Roseberry.
 
Fr. Daniel became interested in the Great Tradition of Christianity while earning a Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and was ordained in 2009. He is also a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Fr. Daniel is married to his wife, Holly, and they have two children, Noah and Zoe.  
 
 
In His Service,

Rev. Canon Marc D. Wilson
Communications Officer
Diocese of CANA West
St. Patrick's Anglican Church
Las Cruces, New Mexico
2018 Synod Flyer - Final.pdf