Bishop's Visitations
April 28 - Holy Communion, Memphis
May 5 - Saint John's, Memphis
May 12 - St. Elisabeth's, Memphis
May 26 - Trinity in the Fields, Mason
Click here to download Bishop Johnson's full 2012-2013 Visitation Schedule.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori calls for prayer following the explosions in Boston, MA, and offers the following prayer:

Gracious God, you walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death.  We pray that the suffering and terrorized be surrounded by the incarnate presence of the crucified and risen one.  May every human being be reminded of the precious gift of life you entered to share with us.  May our hearts be pierced with compassion for those who suffer, and for those who have inflicted this violence, for your love is the only healing balm we know. May the dead be received into your enfolding arms, and may your friends show the grieving they are not alone as they walk this vale of tears.  All this we pray in the name of the one who walked the road to Calvary.

Safeguarding God's Children Online
Safeguarding God's Children, the training program for the prevention of sexual abuse of children and youth, is now available online!  For more information, contact Lauren at

Diocesan Daughters of the King Spring Assembly
May 4, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
St. Elisabeth's, 6033 Old Brownsville Rd

All Daughters and all women interested in The Order of Daughters of the King are invited to this spring meeting with program by John Palmer, "Hymns Written by Women," Holy Eucharist celebrated by Bishop Don Johnson, and lunch. Reservations for lunch needed by April 25, cost  $20.

The Cathedral College
May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave

The Cathedral College presents "The Bible as Story" on Saturday, May 4th, led by the  Ven. Mimsy Jones. The cost is $12 per person.  Click here for more details and registration materials.

The Feast of St. Columba
June 1, 6:00 pm
St. Columba’s Lakeside

Reserve your spot now for this elegant outdoor evening to celebrate and support the camp and hospitality ministries of St. Columba Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center. The small plate community dinner will feature locally-produced foods and reflections by the Rev. Ellen Roberds. Tickets are $75 per person and can be reserved by emailing by May 15.

Saints Departed

May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them.

Hank A. Walker
St. Philip, Memphis

Sut Nam "Jimmy" Woo
Grace-St. Luke's, Memphis

Please notify Lauren Stone when there is a death in your parish family.

Click here to visit the calendar page of the diocesan website and click the "Add Your Event" button to submit your event. Please allow 24-48 hours for your event to be posted to the site. 

The Diocesan Communicator e-newsletter is published every two weeks. Submit information to Lauren Stone at The deadline for the next issue is Friday, May 3rd.

Cathedral Day
April 27, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. Mary's Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave
Join the fun at YOUR Cathedral on Saturday, April 27, a day of activities for the entire family. There will be an art auction, live music, lectures, tours of the Cathedral and the Diocesan House, crafts, games for kids, a magic show, a dunk tank and food trucks! The event kicks off at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 26th with a Legacy Organ Concert by Canon Organist-Choirmaster Scott Elsholz, featuring music performed throughout the decades at the cathedral. The full Saturday of events will start at 10:00 am on April 27th and end with a Bluegrass Eucharist at 3:30 pm. Click here for the full schedule of events!

Cathedral Day Bishop's Reception
April 27, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
St. Mary's Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave

Bishop Don Johnson and his wife, Jeannie, invite you to a wine and cheese reception at the Diocesan House on Cathedral Day, April 27th from 2:00 - 3:30 pm.  The Bishop and his wife are hosting this party that will include fine wines, nibbles and tours of the Diocesan House and the Cathedral. Tickets are $50. Click here to register!

Expectations of Difference: A Dialog of Racism
Diocese of West Tennessee’s Anti-Racism Workshop
April 26, 8:30 am - noon
Trezevant Manor, 3437 Waynoka

In response to The Episcopal Church's call to wipe out the sin of racism, this half-day workshop in the Trezevant Manor Performing Arts Center aims to raise the consciousness and self-awareness of the effects of racism in our lives today and to be an active part in the healing of our communities. Come take part in this important discussion and help develop an on-going dialog of transformation. Click here to register.

Ride into Spring at Immanuel, La Grange
April 27, 4:00 pm
Immanuel Church, 2nd & Chestnut, LaGrange

Ride into Spring with the Nashoba Carriage Club on the grounds of Historic Immanuel Church, La Grange, at 4:00 pm on April 27th. Don't miss the array of horses and carts, drives around the village, live music on the lawn, and lots of food and fellowship!

Wine & Cheese Tasting
May 4, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
St. George's, 2425 S. Germantown Rd

St. George’s, Germantown will host a Wine & Cheese tasting on Saturday, May 4 at 6:30 pm, featuring the pairing of six California wines and cheeses. This fundraising event will include a Silent Auction of wines from parishioners’ private collections, with proceeds benefiting the Collierville Food Pantry. Tickets ($50) and childcare reservations by pre-sale only, click here.

Domestic Abuse - Help and Hope
May 7, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
St. George's, 2425 S. Germantown Rd

Help, hope and information will be offered in a one-hour presentation, sponsored by Diocesan ECW, that will include the film, "Pork Chop Day," produced by Jane Folk. The Rev. Dorothy Sanders Wells will offer reflections, and speakers from community groups will discuss resources for abused women. Please join us in the effort to erase domestic crime in West Tennessee. More information can be found at

Human Trafficking Awareness Workshop
May 23, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Evergreen Presbyterian, 613 University

Presenter, the Rev. Noelle Damico of White Plains, NY,  speaks frequently on the Church's role in advancing a human-rights based approach to addressing modern-day slavery. This workshop is offered for all interested laypeople in Memphis, a city with a high incidence of sex trafficking. Cost is $15 for lunch. Contact Bonnie Blair for more information or 901-752-0328.

Summer at St. Columba
Episcopal Day Camp is expanding in 2013!  Click here for details and registration!

Camp Gailor-Maxon
Camp Gailor-Maxon is located on Monteagle Mountain. Camp sessions range from an introductory weekend with a parent for rising 1st-3rd graders to full-week sessions for rising 4th graders to college freshmen. Click here for details and registration!

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