The Friday Reflection Title


Dear Friends,
Bishop David Rice has arrived in the Diocese. Bishop David (as he wishes to be called) and his wife Tracy have taken up residence in temporary quarters in Fresno while they search for a permanent home in that city.
Over the next few weeks there will be a number of events and meetings all of which will have to do with Bishop David becoming a bishop in the Diocese of San Joaquin.  I want to remind everyone of what will be taking place, because every member of the Diocese is invited to participate in these events.
On Sunday, February 23, at 4:00 p.m. Bishop David will be recognized as the Bishop Assistant of the Diocese of San Joaquin and make the Oath of Conformity as a bishop in the Episcopal Church in the presence of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori. The service will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Modesto.  The entire diocese is requested…invited…urged…expected to attend.
During the month of March each of the three deaneries will meet with Bishop David to get to know him, to hear from him about his background and experience and hear about his understanding of the mission and ministry of a diocese and its bishop and to share with him about whom we believe we are as a diocese.
The first of these meetings will be the Southern Deanery which will meet on Saturday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bakersfield.
On Saturday March 8 at 10:00 a.m. the Northern Deanery will meet at The Episcopal Church of St. Anne’s Church in Stockton.
The Central Deanery will meet with Bishop David on Sunday, March 16 at 3:00p.m. at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fresno.
Please attend the meeting of your respective deanery.  It is important for everyone to attend your deanery meeting as these are meetings to prepare for the Special Convention to elect the next Provisional Bishop. Bishop David will be the Candidate for Provisional Bishop.
Finally, Saturday, March 29 is the day of the Special Convention to elect the Provisional Bishop at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bakersfield. Everyone is invited to the Convention (not only clergy and lay delegates and alternates who must attend), but everyone. Following the Convention, still at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bakersfield the newly elected bishop will be Seated as Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin within the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. All members of the Diocese are invited to participate.
+Chet Talton

“Participating in God’s Reconciling Love”

From The Bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin …


  Madonna and Child

From the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin

Service of Dedication and Celebration

of the Ministry of


David Rice


as a Bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin


The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presider


Sunday, February 23, 2014

4:00 p.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

1528 Oakdale Road

Modesto, CA 95355


Bring your Banner…..

Banners for the Service of Dedication and Celebration with Bishop Rice on February 23.

All Churches in the diocese are invited to send their banner (along with banner stand) and a banner bearer (with their own alb or other vestments) to the service welcoming Bishop Rice as a bishop in the diocese and as he takes the oath of conformity. Please let Canon Kate know if you will be bringing a banner and who your banner bearer will be by emailing: [email protected]

Call to Special Convention…


Dio seal

The Recognition and Seating

of the

 Provisional Bishop

The Right Rev. David Rice


March 29, 2014

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bakersfield


2216 17th Street

Bakersfield, CA 93301

Click here for Special Convention Schedule 

Check here for Special Convention Registration Form


Registration is due February 27, 2014

For Northern Deanery



Up date to last week’s announcement


The “Party” Bus to Special Convention Continues to Fill! 


We’ve passed the two thirds mark on reservations for the Special Convention Bus! Take off is 5:30 a.m. on March 29th from the Park and Ride lot on the west side of Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto. March 8thremains the cutoff date for the $50 rate. All reservations after the 8th (if available) go to $65.00 until the bus is filled. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in this Special Convention at one of the diocese’s newly returned churches. Father Glenn Kanestrom has promised no homilies, but may break into song. For information and reservations contact (209) 869-1075, or  [email protected]. Be there or be square!



For Youth EYE…

Episcopal Youth Event 2014


       Anyone in high school during 2013/14 year


July 9 – July 13, 2014


University, Philadelphia, PA


The upcoming event marks the twelfth EYE, which remains a popular and well-attended event.  EYE14 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2013-2014 academic year and their adult leaders.  The cost for EYE is $325.  Included are transportation to/from the Philadelphia airport, your room, meals, event T-shirt, and activities. Transportation to Philadelphia is extra.


    3 Days of Urban Mission is offered for all EYE14 participants. It is an event designed to give delegates an opportunity to engage mission in an urban environment. The participation criteria for EYE14 continue to apply throughout 3 Days of Urban Mission.

Participants should expect to engage in hands-on labor, which might include everything from painting and hauling debris to childcare and preparing meals. Participants should bring work clothes, work gloves, and closed-toe shoes.


3 Days of Urban Mission will commence with preparatory training and evening prayer at 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, July 13, and will end of Tuesday, July 15, with an evening worship service.


The cost is $275, which includes three nights of lodging (including pillows and linens), meals on Monday and Tuesday, and a breakfast to-go on Wednesday morning. Delegates will register for 3 Days of Urban Mission online with EYE14 registration


So are YOU ready to go?

Next step is to contact your priest or youth director and let them


Click here for EYE Flyer
                 Click here for  EYE Registration Form


From ECF Fellows…

The ECR Fellows application deadline is March 14, 2014
Dear Friends,
The application deadline for ECF’s Fellowship Partners Program is less than one month away. As theMarch 14 deadline draws near, we are asking that all our friends and colleagues consider whether they know of an innovative scholar or ministry leader, lay or ordained, whose work fills them with a sense of hope. If so, please forward this email to them and let them know about ECF’s Fellowship Partners Program, a program that has been building a vibrant network of scholars and ministry leaders across the Church for 50 years.
Here are a few things we ask all applicants to bear in mind:

·   ECF is committed to strengthening the leadership of lay and ordained members of the Episcopal Church.  All applicants to the academic and ministry tracks are asked to describe how they plan on developing the next generation of lay and ordained leaders for the Episcopal Church, whether this is in the context of academia, a local congregation, through a church-wide initiative, or in another setting.
·   ECF is a lay-led organization of the Episcopal Church.  ECF is especially looking for scholars and ministry leaders who incorporate lay leadership development into their work. All members of the Church, whether lay or ordained, are invited to apply.
·   An ECF Fellowship provides both financial support and networking opportunities. ECF has typically awarded three to four Fellowships per year. New awards range up to $15,000 for the first year and are renewable for an additional two years. In addition to this financial support, new Fellows join a wide network of past Fellows and ECF partners with them so that they may share their knowledge, experience, and best practices with the wider Church.
Please visit the ECF website to learn more about the Fellowship Partners Program, the application process, and be sure to review our list of Frequently Asked Questions. You will find profiles of the 2013 Fellows here and our complete list of all ECF Fellows here. Please email me or my colleague Brendon Hunter, Assistant Program Director, should you have any questions about this program or the application process.
All of us at ECF are excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fellowship Partners Program, and we eagerly anticipate welcoming and announcing the 2014 class of Fellows in late May.
Miguel Escobar
Program Director, Leadership Resources

From UTO…

2014 United Thank Offering Grants

In recognizing the Five Marks of Mission, especially “to seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation”, the United Thank Offering is seeking to address the current culture of violence by supporting the mission of peace as expressed in the Gospel. The Gospel of Love proclaimed by Jesus Christ is the focus for the United Thank Offering Grants during the 2014-2015 period.
The 2014 United Thank Offering Grant Application is now available. The following information should be helpful in preparing a United Thank Offering grant application. All additional forms necessary for the completion of a United Thank Offering Grant are also included below. The deadline for submission of a completed application (and required documents) is 5pm (EST) on Friday, February 28, 2014.
If you need assistance or have questions about the application, please contact Heather Melton, United Thank Offering Coordinator.

Click  here for grant application forms

From the Diocesan Office…

 All mail for the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin,

Bishop, Canon and Administrator  

is to go to the current address:


1528 Oakdale Road

Modesto, CA 95355


Dio seal

If there is anything time sensitive  

please email  

[email protected]  

or fax:



Attention Clergy!
A Friendly Reminder
All forms sent to you in January via the post office are due to the Diocesan Office by February 27th. The forms are also on our website:
The following forms are due:
2013 Parochial Report . Congregational Contact Form
 2014 Certificate of Lay Delegate Form . Disaster Preparedness Form
Many thanks to

Holy Trinity and St. Raphael
for having all forms completed and turned in!!

Whats going on…

Want to know what is happening in the Diocese of San Joaquin?
Click on the link below to see upcoming events and meetings around the diocese.

From Our Parishes and Missions…

It’s time again for…

Join us for a fun evening of food, drink, singing,
games, a raffle and silent auction.

February 21 & 22, 6:00 -8:30 p.m. 

Adults $30.00 and Children under 12 $15.00


Your ticket includes dinner, an alcoholic beverage, soda, coffee,
and all the festivities.
Purchase tickets in advance at:
3) the church office by calling 209 473-2313
1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton, CA 95207


Christ the King Episcopal Church, Riverbank
will be hosting YOU at our Ladies’ Tea to be held on Saturday May 3rd. Put this important date on your calendars!!  There will be food, music, raffles, prizes for best tables, and even a fashion show. Tickets will be available soon!!  Watch this space for more info.

For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar….click here

Bishop’s and Canon’s Visitations Calendars… 

Bishop Talton’s Calendar
February 23                     Service of Dedication and Celebration of
the Ministry of Bishop Rice, St. Paul’s, Modesto
March 29                         Special Convention, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
Bishop Rice’s Calendar

February 23                      St. John the Baptist, Lodi

February 23                       Service of Dedication and Celebration of
the Ministry of Bishop Rice, St. Paul’s, Modesto
March 1                             Southern Deanery Meeting, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
March 2                             St. Michael’s, Ridgecrest
March 5                             Holy Family, Fresno
March 8                             Northern Deanery Meeting, St. Anne’s, Stockton
March 9                             St. James, Sonora
March 16                           St. Paul’s, Visalia
March 16                           Central Deanery Meeting, Holy Family, Fresno
March 29                           Special Convention, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
March 30                           St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
Canon Cullinane’s Calendar
February 23                       Church of the Saviour, Hanford
Service of Dedication and Celebration  of
the Ministry of Bishop Rice, St. Paul’s, Modesto
March 1                             Southern Deanery Meeting, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield
March 2                             St. John’s, Tulare
March 8                             Northern Deanery Meeting, St. Anne’s, Stockton
March 9                             St. Anne’s, Stockton
March 29                           Special Convention, St. Paul’s, Bakersfield

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NEW Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin website
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