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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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August 24, 2019

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
St Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church
895 Palm Valley Road,
Ponte Vedra, Fl 32081

$35 pp includes registration, lunch, materials

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The aim of the Christian life goes beyond information to transformation. The Enneagram has proven to be the perfect transformational companion to Christian faith and discipleship.

The term, Enneagram, combines the Greek words "ennea," meaning "nine," and "grammos," meaning "a written figure." This geometric figure with nine points is used to represent the spectrum of basic personality types.  It is a system for discovery of our personality patterns and insights combined with strategies to overcome the limitations of our personality. "Persona" in Latin means "mask." The mask of personality can become a barrier to knowing our true selves, our essence, our spirit.  The Bible describes the transformational process: 

Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. (Hebrews 4:12,13)

The workshop will be led by the Rev. Father Michael Ellis, Rector of St Francis in the Fields. He has many years of experience in this work and trained at one of the very finest Enneagram schools for directors.

For more information about the Enneagram workshop click here.


SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2019

A Weekend with Earl Palmer:
A First Century Book for our 21st Century

Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center

The Rev. Dr. Earl Palmeris a distinguished preacher, writer, C.S. Lewis scholar and author of a number of commentaries on various books of the New Testament. He is currently President of the Earl Palmer Ministries, Seattle, Washington. He is a graduate and trustee of Princeton Theological College. Summers he spends in England where he leads residential conferences at The Kilns, the Oxford home of C.S. Lewis.

Ephesianshas been rightly called 'The Queen of the Epistles'. This first century book is written from Rome (during imprisonment) to a group of people Paul knows well, having taught in Ephesus for at least three years. At its heart this letter is an affirmation of the transforming power of the love of God-its height, width, length and depth.

Weekend Schedule:
Friday, September 20
10:00 am     Ephesus: the city Paul knew best (Ephesus 1, Acts 19-20)
2:00 pm       The Expansiveness of the Grace of Jesus Christ in Human Lives    (Ephesians 2 & 3)

Saturday, September 21
10:00 am    A People Made Steady and Balanced: Encouragement for the People of God (Ephesians 4)
2:00 pm      A Strategy for Sharing the Good News (Ephesians 5 & 6)

Sunday, September 22
9:00 am      A Conversation with Dr. Earl Palmer and Bishop Howard on Evangelism and Growth
10:30 am    Holy Eucharist: Bishop Howard, celebrant and Dr. Earl Palmer,    preacher: Whenever you pray (Matthew 6.5-13)
Noon:         Lunch and departure.
Register online at here 
Early-Bird Rate: $274 (single) $199 (double) ends August 15
Standard Rate: $294 (single) $219 (double)
rate includes conference fee, two nights of accommodations and 7 meals
Commuter Rate: $50 per day, includes lunch only
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