On April 8, 2013, Bishop Felipe J. Estevez of the Diocese of St. Augustine and the Rev. Mike Morgan, Chancellor and Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, appointed Fr. Alberto Esposito, Pastor of Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church in Flagler Beach, Florida, and Chau T. Phan, founder of the Christian Unity ministry at Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church, as Associate Diocesan Ecumenical Officers. They were to organize the first Ecumenical Vespers in northeast Florida as a way to pray across major Christian denominations once a year during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18 to 25.
- The First Ecumenical Vespers took place at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, presided over by Bishop Estevez.
- The Second Ecumenical Vespers took place at the St. John's Cathedral in Jacksonville, presided over by Bishop Samuel Johnson Howard of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida.
- The Third Ecumenical Vespers took place at the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, presided over by Bishop Robert G. Schaefer of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
- The Fourth Ecumenical Vespers took place at the St. John Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, presided over by Bishop Emeritus Dimitrios Couchell.
- The Fifth Ecumenical Vespers took place at the Riverside Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, presided over by Stated Clerk Rev. Alexandra Hedrick.
Announcement: Please mark your 2019 calendar
The 6th Ecumenical Vespers will take place on Thursday, January 24, 2019,
at the Southside United Methodist Church, 3120 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL, in the late afternoon.
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church
and President, Council of Bishops, United Methodist Church, will be the presider.
Rev. Jay Therrell, North East Superintendent, Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church will be the master of ceremony.
Joint Catholic-Methodist Ecumenical Bus Ride from Flagler Beach/Palm Coast to Jacksonville and back
Two Pickup and Return locations
Flagler Beach: For FB UMC and Santa Maria del Mar CC: Parking at Santa Maria del Mar parking lot, 900 block N. Daytona Ave.
Palm Coast & Bunnell: Parking at Palm Coast United Methodist Church parking lot.
Boarding by prepaid ticket only. Cost: $20/person prepaid no later than Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 at your own church.
Please bring your own snack and refreshments. Contact person: Chau T. Phan
The 5th Ecumenical Vespers/Evening Prayer
at the Judicatory-level in Northeast Florida
During the 2018 WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY (January 18-25)
with the Rev. Alexandra Hedrick, Stated Clerk, St. Augustine Presbytery as Presider and Homilist
and the Rev. Dr. W. Stephen Goyer, Host Pastor and Master of Ceremony
on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM
at the Riverside Presbyterian Church
849 Park St., Jacksonville, FL 32204
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- Rev. Bill Hoff, Riverside Presbyterian Church, host;
- Bishop Felipe Estevez, Diocese of St. Augustine;
- Bishop Pedro Suarez, ELCA Florida-Bahamas Synod;
- Bishop Samuel Johnson Howard, Episcopal Diocese of Florida;
- Rev. Alexandra Hedrick, Stated Clerk, Presbytery of St. Augustine.
- Deacon David Williams, Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, Diocese of St. Augustine;
- Rev. Russell Meyer, Florida Council of Churches;
- Rev. Joyce Lieberman. Stated Clerk and Executive, South Atlantic Synod, Presbyterian Church (USA);
- Rev. Jay Therrell, North East Superintendent, Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, representing Bishop Kenneth Carter;
- Rev. Nicholas Louh, Pastor, St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church, representing Bishop Emeritus Dimitrios Couchell.
Observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Catholic-Lutheran Common Commemoration
of the Reformation in 2017
at the Basilica of Mary, Queen of the Universe
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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2017 WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2017
Biblical Theme: Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us
(2 Corinthians 5:14-20)
4th Ecumenical Vespers at the Bishop-level in Northeast Florida
Bishop Emeritus Dimitrios Couchell of Xanthos, Metropolis of Atlanta, Greek Orthodox Church
Host: Rev. Dr. Nicholas G. Louh, Protopresbyter, St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church
Date: Tuesday evening, January 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Presider: Bishop Emeritus Dimitrios Couchell of XanthosParticipating Ecclesial Dignitaries
Metropolis of Atlanta, Greek Orthodox Church of America
Host: Rev. Nicholas G. Louh, Protopresbyter,
St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church
Date: Tuesday evening, January 17, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.