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The purpose of the Bishop's Institute is to offer quality education at the local level for the training of priests, deacons and lay leaders and to provide continuing education for both clergy and laity. It plans also to provide educational resources for parishes within the Diocese to be of assistance to them in developing their various ministries and educational offerings within the parish.

In addition, the Institute will offer and promote retreats, speaker events and forums that bring outstanding speakers from the wider Church and from many different backgrounds here to our Diocese. Within the Episcopal Church at large, educational institutes on the diocesan scale tend to follow one of two models. Firstly, there are a few dioceses that have especially good institutes concentrating on ordination preparation or the development of lay leadership. Other dioceses have programs that primarily offer outstanding speaker forums and events. Our goal for the new Bishop's Institute is to endeavor to offer and combine features of both models.  

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We are thrilled to announce the beginning of the Lay Ministry School for Licensed Lay Worship Leaders (LLWL) and Licensed Lay Catechists (LLC) this January. This course is to prepare lay leaders in our churches to lead public worship and to be properly trained catechists (teachers of the Christian faith) to assist with preparing candidates for baptism and confirmation. Candidates who complete the course will receive a license from the Bishop for their ministry.

This LLC course will meet monthly for 9 months from January - November 2019 (with July and August off). The LLC course meets at the same time with the LLWL students but with one additional meeting in December 2019. Both courses will be taught in Jacksonville at the Diocesan Office from 9:30am - 3pm and lunch will be provided.

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The Rediscovered Life of St. Francis of Assisi - January 19, 2019 at St. John's Cathedral

The retreat will begin with a look at the second most ancient-yet very contemporary and accessible-biography of St. Francis--lost for 800 years and rediscovered in 2004! Prof. Johnson is the author of the English translation of this groundbreaking discovery. It will look also at the development of St. Francis' thought and spirituality in the writings of St. Bonaventure who was born within years of St. Francis' death.

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