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Our Mission

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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  Douglas Dupree 

 The Rev. Cn. Dr. H. Douglas Dupree , Rector          

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Yoga and Contemplative Yoga Retreat

My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord

January 17 - 19, 2020
Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center

Imagine being surrounded by over 500 acres of north-central Florida's most beautiful nature, while listening to sacred Christian music, calming your body in a loving yogic practice, quieting the mind and preparing to share the communal silence of contemplative prayer in the presence of your Creator.

Megan Cochran is an experienced yoga teacher and leads the Church on a Mat service in Cummings Chapel at St John's Cathedral, Jacksonville. Kate Moorehead is the Dean of St John's Cathedral and the author of a goodly number of books including most recently Angels of the Bible: Finding Grace, Beauty and Meaning (October, 2019). Allison DeFoor is Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Florida and he will preach and celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday morning of the retreat.

Start the New Year by experiencing the delightful blending of the physical practice of yoga with the enduring traditions of Christian contemplative prayer. Learn how to cultivate inner stillness and receptivity to the Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit.

No yoga experience needed. This retreat works for those trying yoga for the first time and for those who regularly practice yoga. Chair yoga is an option.

The retreat begins Friday afternoon with registration (opens at 4 p.m.) and dinner and concludes on Sunday, after the final yoga session and the Eucharist, with lunch at 12 noon. 


Single occupancy  (room, meals and fees)   =  $280
Double occupancy (room, meals and fees)   =  $205
Commuter (Saturday only with lunch) = $50
Scholarships Available: contact the Rector of the Bishop's Institute: ddupree@diocesefl.org

(NB: This retreat is re-scheduled from one planned for early December 2019 by request from those asking for a post-Christmas date for the retreat.)

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