Friday, June 28, 2013

A Day At The Movies

Bishop Frade along with his wife and several other members of the clergy, were invited to  a screening of the upcoming movie, "The Conjuring". This event, which took place Thursday June 28, at the AMC theaters of the Dolphin Mall, was held to seek the community's reaction on a true event, and the perspective of the church on exorcism

Ten minutes before the movie started Bishop Frade gave the movie watchers and critics a comforting message that God is always with us, and ended with the humorous blessing of a Demon Protection Kit which was giving to everyone present.The contained holy water, a rosary and a prayer with St. Michael the archangel. 

After the movie the Bishop said "I will recommend to everyone who is going to watch the movie to bring with them pampers, because it scares us by reminding us that we are humans and this event as it happened to the Perron family can happened to any of us, that is why our best protection will always be God."

Check out some of the pics here

Writing by:
Adialyn Milien
Communications Intern 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Fitting Tribute for The Reverend Canon Chip Stokes

The evening began with Evening Prayer, but continued, and ended with a celebration fit for a Bishop-elect! The Reverend Canon William "Chip" Stokes worshipped with the community on the evening of Monday, June 10, 2013 at his parish, St. Paul's Episcopal in Delray Beach. Beginning in August, Reverend Stokes and his wife Susan, will call Trenton, New Jersey home as he begins his new position within the Episcopal Church as the Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey. 
The Reverend Canon Chip Stokes

Those paying tribute to the Bishop-elect on Monday were not only those from his parish and the Diocese of Southeast Florida, but the community of Delray Beach, Florida. Leaders of the Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Bahai faiths all brought prayers and and kind words from their communities in addition to other local organizations. Those from within the diocese spoke warmly of their relationship with Canon Stokes, including Diocesan Bishop Leo Frade, who gave his well-wishes and provided specific advice with a humorous twist. Click here to see the photos from the event, and feel free to leave your comments as well-wishes for Canon Stokes. Sunday, July 14, 2013 will be Bishop-elect Stokes last Sunday at St. Paul's in Delray. We wish him well!

Read a recent article here from about the Stokes transition to New Jersey.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Bishop Confirms at Holy Cross

A few photos taken at Holy Cross, on Sunday, June 2, 2013 during Bishop Leo Frade's visit for confirmations! Bishop Frade shares a moment with two of Holy Cross' smallest parishioners. The photographer captured the brief moment in time. 

Congratulations to all confirmed, and blessings for the little ones!

Photos provided by Roger Villatoro

Daughters of the King installation

Photo Credit/Provided by: Fr. Jack Stanton

The Order of the Daughters of the King, Julia Tuttle Chapter of DOK, admitted six new members on Sunday, June 2, 2013. The Order also transferred one new member to this chapter. Ruth Foss (center, in blue)  is the Diocesan President of the Order of the Daughters of the King in the Diocese of Southeast Florida. Other DOK members came from around the diocese to support the new chapter and new members.  More details of this story coming soon!

Ordination of Eliza Ragsdale

Photo Credit: Mary Cox
Friday evening, May 31, 2013, The Reverend Eliza Ragsdale was ordained to the sacred order of deacons. The service, held at Trinity Cathedral, was well attended by family, friends and well-wishers. Diocesan Bishop Leo Frade presided over the service that began at 7:30 in the evening. Reverend Ragsdale joins her husband Reverend Bob Trache in the priesthood, who celebrated his 35th priest ordination in January. 

View a few photos here taken and obtained by Mary Cox and Rev. Eliza Ragsdale.

The Rev. Canon William "Chip" Stokes Elected Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey

Photo Credit: Dot Cellini 
On Saturday, May 4, 2013, The Reverend Canon William "Chip" H. Stokes, of St. Paul’s, Delray Beach, was elected as the Twelfth Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey. Out of nine nominees Stokes, age 56, was elected by a majority in each of the lay and clergy orders on the fifth ballot. 

After elected, Stokes released a statement in which he shared how honored and grateful he was about becoming a bishop, and how he was looking forward to meeting the lay people of his new diocese. "I look forward to getting to know them and journeying with them hand in hand as we all respond to God’s call to us to love and serve one another, the communities in which we are placed and the wider church and world."

The Right Reverend Leo Frade, Bishop of the Diocese of Southeast Florida, shared warm wishes with Rev. Stokes and offered these words: “We are honored that one of our priests has been elected as the Bishop of New Jersey. Even though we are losing one of the top priests of Southeast Florida, we rejoice that the Diocese of New Jersey and the House of Bishops of our Episcopal Church is receiving a person with the outstanding qualities that a Bishop must embody. The Rev. William “Chip” Stokes is a hardworking and outstanding pastor, preacher, theologian, and leader. We will miss him and his wife Susan.” 

St. Paul’s, Delray Beach along with the people of the Diocese of Southeast Florida are proud of Rev. Stokes progress, and will continue praying for him and his ministry. 

For timely updates, schedules, and next steps at St. Paul’s, visit their website: Visit for updates from the Diocese of New Jersey regarding information about bishop-elect Stokes, and click here for the Diocese of Southeast Florida's press release. 

Writing by:
Adialyn Milien
Communications Intern