Dean’s Letter: BCP Scavenger Hunt

Hello St. Paul’s, It seems that most people enjoy the quizzes we see on social media, so this week I invite you to test your knowledge of our great Anglican treasure, the Book of Common Prayer, by going on a short scavenger hunt with me through our Prayer Book. I have twelve questions for you. … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Lent

Hello St. Paul’s, Yesterday we entered the holy season of Lent. You may have noticed that Lent begins on a different date every year: this is because its starting day (Ash Wednesday) is calculated backwards from Easter Day, and Easter is always on the first Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox. … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Annual Meeting Report 2024

Hello St. Paul’s, Episcopal Churches have their own way of governing, and a great opportunity to witness this tradition is to attend our Annual Parish Meeting. In case you missed it, here’s a report from the meeting that took place on January 28. It was my privilege as Dean to chair the meeting. Following the … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Our Patron Saint

Hello St. Paul’s, On Sunday we will celebrate our patronal festival, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. The official date of this commemoration is today, January 25, marking the end of the week of prayer for Christian Unity, a week which began with The Confession of St. Peter on the 18th. We are … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Forming Mature Christians

Hello St. Paul’s, Happy New Year! You’ve probably heard many times that Christian formation is a lifelong pursuit. In the Episcopal Church we strive to empower people to be informed and thoughtful about their faith. We do this through Sunday worship, including sermons, but also through parish communications and the various formational classes and study … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: End of Year Message 2023

Dear people of St. Paul’s,  Season’s greetings to you and yours! As you likely know, this year we have been observing a longer Advent, relishing this season of reflection and hope as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s nativity. While we learn patience as we approach the light of Christmas, Advent itself is a season … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Thanksgiving Reflection

Hello St. Paul’s, Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Day is recognized in the Book of Common Prayer as a major holy day, along with July 4. It offers us an opportunity to be focused in our gratitude to God for all the blessings we enjoy, and so this morning we celebrated the Eucharist, a liturgy whose purpose … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Report from Diocesan Convention (2023)

Hello St. Paul’s, Last weekend, as you may know, we hosted the 50th annual Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. The event spanned two days, involved business meetings, a Eucharist and a dinner each accommodating close to 300 people, and was acclaimed as a great success all round. Our staff worked extremely … READ MORE…