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Eleven Diaconate Candidates to be Ordained SaturdaySeptember 8, 2017 • CFE Staff  • DIOCESAN FAMILY • EPISCOPAL & ANGLICAN NEWS • LEADERSHIP

Weather permitting, 11 people from across the Southeastern U.S. will answer the call to the diaconate Saturday at 11 a.m. at The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 130 N. Magnolia Ave., Orlando.

The Rt. Rev. Gregory O. Brewer of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida will ordain Karen Geddes Davenport, Sean David Duncan, Gregory Emanuel Favazza, James Andrew Flood, IV, Robert Talmadge Griffith, Robert Maurice McGee, Kay Swann Mueller, Kenneth Lee Nolen, Tom Morgan Phillips, Robert Sean Strenth, and Richard Lawrence Wilson to the Sacred Order of Deacons in Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. The people’s prayers and presence are requested.

Clergy should wear red stoles. Receptions will follow the ordinations.

Attendees should note that parking is available in several locations. A small parking lot for limited mobility and handicapped individuals is located behind the Cathedral on Jefferson Street. Free parking for other attendees is available in a surface lot south of the Great Hall at the northwest corner of Washington Street and Magnolia Avenue.

Parking also is available in the Regions Bank garage on the northeast corner of Orange Ave. and Washington Street by entering the up-ramp on Washington and receiving an entrance ticket. Drivers should then take an exit ticket from an usher at the Cathedral and use that ticket, plus the Region Banks garage ticket, to exit the garage free of charge, according to the diocese. Childcare will not be available for the ordinations.

The event could be postponed if Hurricane Irma threatens Central Florida. Individuals interested in attending should check the diocese website or call the Cathedral at 407-849-0680 for weather updates.

Here is some brief information on the ordinands:

  • The Rev. Karen Davenport will be ordained as a permanent deacon. She is currently serving as a deacon at St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Sebring.
  • The Rev. Sean Duncan will be ordained as a transition deacon. He currently is serving as an assistant at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Shreveport, La.
  • The Rev. Gregory Favazza will be ordained as a transitional deacon. He currently is serving as an assistant at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Orlando.
  • The Rev. James Flood, IV, will be ordained as a permanent deacon. He currently is serving as a deacon at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Orange City.
  • The Rev. Robert Griffith will be ordained as a transitional deacon. He currently is serving as a deacon at The Cathedral Church of St. Luke.
  • The Rev. Maurice McGee will be ordained as a permanent deacon. He currently is serving as a deacon at St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Sebring.
  • The Rev. Kay Mueller will be ordained as a permanent deacon. She currently is serving as a deacon at Church of Our Saviour in Okeechobee.
  • The Rev. Kenneth Nolen will be ordained as a transitional deacon. He currently is serving at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Titusville.
  • The Rev. Tom Phillips will be ordained as a transitional deacon. He currently is serving at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lake Mary.
  • The Rev. Robert Strenth will be ordained as a permanent deacon. He currently is serving as a deacon at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Sanford.
  • The Rev. Richard Wilson will be ordained as a permanent deacon. He currently is serving as a deacon at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church in Winter Park.

Candidates who are ordained as transitional deacons aspire to one day be priests, while those who are ordained as permanent deacons will remain in that capacity.

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