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DEUS Synod 2019 Each year it seems I repeat my assessment of the recent DEUS Synod as the most wonderful and uplifting time together I can remember. But the fact is, it is true. God has blessed us in so many ways that it is difficult to find words that describe how personally gratifying it is to be a part of this portion of Christ’s Body. Each year the effort that is put forth by those who organize and manage the efforts before, during and after the Synod is amazing. It is truly a labor of love by the wonderful people of our APA/DEUS. This year’s, Synod was superbly hosted by our Cathedral Church, under the leadership of Dean Ralph Waterhouse and Synod Coordinator, Nancy Loyd.
This 51st DEUS Synod was also an election Synod. As most of you know, the Right Rev. Chandler H. (Chad) Jones was elected Bishop Coadjutor. We extend to Bishop Chad all our love, blessings and good wishes as he begins this new ministry in the Church. I want to thank those who made this process go so well. It was well organized by our Chancellor, Glen Wieland, Esq., who along with the Secretary of the Standing Committee, Deaconess Debra Kidd and Executive Secretary, Lisa Ulrich, were in regular contact making sure that there was no room for error and assuring there was no detail left undone. The election of our coadjutor went smoothly without any concerns being raised. Our two other candidates, the Rev. James Johnson and the Venerable Erich Zwingert, were gracious with congratulations and wellwishes for Bishop Jones following the election. The lack of contentiousness was typical of Episcopal elections in the APA/DEUS.
For those unfamiliar with the term Bishop Coadjutor, a word of explanation is in order. The election of a Bishop Coadjutor for the Diocese is a rare event in the Continuing Church. A Bishop
Coadjutor means a Bishop “Co-Assistant,” one who supports and assists the Bishop Ordinary and shares his Apostolic jurisdiction. A Coadjutor possesses the right of succession to the Bishop Ordinary upon the Ordinary’s retirement, incapacitation or death. The Coadjutor must receive a 2/3 majority vote in both the House of Clergy and the House of Laity.
Another highlight of the Synod was meeting and getting to know the new seminarians and clergy who have come to the APA during the year. They were warmly received and made welcome. Numbers of our new men are being asked to serve in parishes as curates. Others who have had significant experience are being called to serve as parish priests. We have a number of men who are well-trained and excited about the future of ‘Classical/traditional Anglicanism’ and are ready to take on the challenge of building a parish. They love our liturgy and our sacramental life in the church and are looking forward to spreading the Kingdom of God in the Anglican Way. A number of them have families and when they are called to a parish which has had few or no children, the congregation will need to be prepared to hear the sound of babies and young children. These are sounds which should encourage all of us to know that the church has a bright future!
Those of you who were at DEUS Synod will have noticed that most of our new seminarians and clergymen who are coming to the APA, are not from the Episcopal Church, but rather are from an evangelical/protestant church background. So many of these men and their families have found their way to one of our churches often through the internet or social media. They have been searching for a more historic expression of the Christian Faith, which has led them, in some
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