Presiding Bishop For The National Episcopal Church Preached And Honored A Saint Of Georgia

Presiding Bishop and two former students of Deaconess Alexander, Celestine Cartwright of Delray Beach, Fla., and Walter Holmes. Photo credit to the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia
Presiding Bishop and two former students of Deaconess Alexander, Celestine Cartwright of Delray Beach, Fla., and Walter Holmes. Photo credit to the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia
The life and legacy of a Saint in Georgia, loosening the bonds of fear, and experiencing the boundless love of Christ was celebrated when the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia hosted Fearless Faith, Boundless Love: Revival, on Saturday, January 20th. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, often called one of the best preachers in the Anglican Communion preached at two events.

The first, a 9:30 AM service at the Church of the Good Shepherd in the community of Pennick, Georgia, honored the life and legacy of Anna Ellison Butler Alexander (1865- 1947), the first and only black deaconess in the Episcopal Church and a Saint of Georgia. As the first African American deaconess in the Episcopal Church, her impact on small communities in the Southeast is unrivaled. Against all odds, she taught generations of schoolchildren to read and write in her tworoom school, and traveled for miles by foot or boat to ensure their success. For this, she was recognized as a Saint in Georgia in 1998, and this summer at the national convention in Austin there will be a vote for full recognition as a national Saint of the church.

The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia officiated at the service and the Presiding Bishop preached on the grounds of the church and school which Deaconess Alexander founded.

The second event, the Diocese’s Revival, was held under a large tent at Honey Creek Retreat Center later that day. It too celebrated Deaconess Alexander, with the premiere of a short film produced for the Diocese by Savannah College of Art and Design Film and Television Professor, the Rev. Michael Chaney, and music by the Savannah Children’s Choir, “Albany State University Concert Chorale.”, Roger Moss, and Trina Meade.

A Fellowship Hour began at 12 Noon with the service starting at 1 PM. Memorabilia reflecting the life of Deaconess Alexander was on display and members of the Savannah Street Food Coalition offered a variety of food at reasonable cost. For more information visit www.EpiscopalRevivalin- Georgia2018.com.

Known as one of the best preachers in the Anglican Communion, the Most Reverend Michael Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church

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