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

Calendar of Upcoming Events


Fall Clergy Retreat - October 22 - 23, 2018 at Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center

Guest Speaker:  Judy Paulsen, Professor of Evangelism; Director for the Institute of Evangelism, Wycliffe College, Toronto. Prof. Paulsen will assist us in considering together how the various but essential areas of parish life can better reflect our apostolic calling, e.g. organizational life, communication, personal witness, missional small groups, ministry to children, and community connections. It is hoped that she might assist us also in thinking through how best to unpack the stages of Evangelism within community: from trust to membership. Aaron Smith thought her Summit presentations had a lot to offer towards that goal.

For more information and to register.

Lay Leadership Retreat - November 2 - 3, 2018 at Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center

Led by Carl McColman, noted author and teacher in Christian spirituality. Friday, November 2 at noon with lunch - Saturday, November 3 with closing at 3:30pm.

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Advent Icon Painting Retreat - December 3 - 7, 2018 - Cummings Chapel, St. John's Cathedral, Jacksonville

Led by Teresa Harrison and The Rev. Cn. John Wesley, Chaplain to the Retreat. We will be painting the icon of the Annunciation. The paint medium is Jo Sonia Acrylic that most closely resembles egg tempera. Archangel Gabriel brings God's message to Mary, the Theotokos(God Bearer) and she says YES to God. If you feel called to try this experience and want to say yes, you will be moved by the 5 day experience. Beginners or experienced and from any faith path - you are welcome. Retreat limited to 20 participants.

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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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Wisdom Calling - A Conference on Local Formation

This conference was held February 8 - 10, 2018 at Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center led by theologians, educators, and practitioners from across our church.  Below are lnks to YouTube to view each session from the conference.


Session I - Theological Education

Session II - Seminary from Home

Session III - Seminary at Home

Session IV - Beyond Ordained Ministry:

Session V - Seminary and Church

Session VI - Towards the Future

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