A Celebration of the Ministry of the Right Rev. Catherine M. Waynick, 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis


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The Right Rev. Catherine Waynick, Bishop

The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop Elect
Bishopelect@indydio.org (begins February 1)

1100 W. 42nd Street
Indianapolis IN 46208

Diocesan office phone numbers
317 926-5454
800 669-5786


February 28, 2017
Shrove Tuesday

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we begin the holy season of Lent it is important to remember who we are and what we are meant to do as followers of Jesus.

Lent is a time of self-reflection and growing self-awareness aided by spiritual disciplines which help us to ‘get real’ about ourselves. Spiritual disciplines come in lots of shapes and sizes, but they all have the same purpose – to form us into the image of God we are created to be, and as faithful disciples of our Lord.

Abstinence from certain kinds of food or beverages can often approximate, in some small way, the reality of daily life for those who live in constant need, and to reflect on the experience. How do I feel when I’m hungry? How do I treat others when I'm preoccupied about food? How willing am I to forego some part of my usual food intake? What might I do with the money I would generally spend on food and drink? How well do I function when I know my next meal is many hours away and will be very small? Does my attitude change toward others who are not engaging in this experiment?

We can also abstain from other things – gossip, speculation, procrastination, inactivity, resentment…….what effect would abstaining from any of these things have in my life and my relationships?

Lent is also a time when we can experiment with new disciplines; prayer, journaling, study, volunteering at a shelter or some other community ministry….and faithful Sunday worship. Such disciplines can remind us that there is never a time when God is absent from us, and that everything we say and do either reflects God’s love to the world, or it does not. Every word, every action, can be an intentional communication of God’s love, or it can convey something very different....

The Bible is very clear in communicating God’s commandments to love, and we have the special teaching of Jesus that we are to love others not only as we love ourselves, but as he loves. Jesus was very clear in teaching that there is no one we can faithfully describe as ‘not my neighbor.’ Every other human being is the image of God. Every person is beloved by God. Every person is to be sought out and served as Christ. And that means everyone.

In his sermon on the mount, Jesus spoke of the danger of carrying anger and condemned it as murderous. He taught that non-violent means are to be used even when injustice is being challenged. Our own baptismal covenant commits us to striving for justice and peace among all people, and respect for the dignity of every person.

So let’s be clear - threats against brothers and sisters whose skin color is different, whose sexuality is different, whose religious practice is different, will never be acceptable among faithful followers of Jesus. When confronted with something we don’t understand, or trust, or appreciate, we always have the option to become curious about it, rather than condemning it out of hand. The Bible consistently praises those who seek wisdom….and wisdom never has to resort to vile threats and menacing behaviors.

During this Lenten season, I urge that we all abstain from the things which cause fear and division and take up those spiritual disciplines which can bring us to a better understanding of ourselves and our world. Let us all pray that our hearts and minds become open to the working of the Holy Spirit and that we grow in the love which can transfigure both us and the world.








Anglican Evensong in St Peter’s Basilica

The Anglican Communion News Service reports another milestone in relations between Canterbury and Rome took place in the Vatican on Monday, March 13, as a traditional Anglican Choral Evensong was celebrated for the first time in St Peter’s Basilica. Bishop Cate reports this was accomplished in part, through the ministry of the Anglican Centre in Rome.  You can read the full article with details about the service on their website.  ...
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A Waycross Camp Wish List

Summer is coming and camp season at Waycross will soon be upon us. Victoria Hoppes, Waycross Program Director and Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries with and for Youth and other Waycross staff have been busy planning for summer camp there, including a wish list of items they hope to have on hand during summer camp. This wish list is available at this link: http://a.co/ej1DHqs. You can purchase items through Amazon (even using Amazon Prime!) and they will be shipped directly to Waycross. Don’t forget to shop using Amazon Smile ( www.smile.amazon.com ) and designate Waycross to receive a donation for each qualifying purchase!

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Choirs to Participate in the Consecration of our Bishop-Elect

An invitation from Michael Messina, Director of Music at Trinity, Indianapolis: I invite you and your choirs to participate in the Consecration of our Bishop-elect, the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, on Saturday 29 April, at 11 a.m., at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University. Michael Boney, Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral; Brad Hughley, Director of Music at St. Paul's, Indianapolis; our Bishop-elect and I have chosen the music and we hope that singers and choirs from all corners of the diocese will participate as The Consecration Choir in this historic service. The choir will rehearse Friday, April 28, from 7-9 p.m., in Clowes Hall. We will also warm up and rehearse the morning of the consecration, from 8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Singers must attend BOTH of these rehearsals in order to participate. The repertoire is:
  • Vaughan Williams, O Clap Your Hands ($2.25/copy)
  • Richard Smallwood, arr. Doreen ...
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Pathways’ Pilot Parishes Announced

Bishop Catherine Waynick and Canon to the Ordinary, Bruce Gray, recently announced the appointment of Good Samaritan (Brownsburg), St. Alban’s (Indianapolis), St. John’s (Speedway) and Trinity (Lawrenceburg) as the Pathways to Vitality Pilot Parishes. The goal of the Pathways’ Pilot Parish initiative is to assist these congregations in achieving enhanced sustainability by identifying their unique ministries, building vital congregational teams and developing practical financial and administrative skills. Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., representatives from the Pilot Parishes will have an immersive learning experience consisting of an opening retreat, a series of workshops and small group meetings over the course of 18 months starting this summer.
“This peer-learning model is based upon action and reflection providing participants with the opportunity to intentionally integrate lessons into their congregational lives,” according to Rev. Dr. Carol Pinkham Oak, Pathways Curricula Consultant. The central-Indiana Pilot Parishes also will host a curate residency program for Diocesan ...
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Bulletin Inserts

We are publishing a series of bulletin inserts that can be used to keep parishioners informed during the transition period in April. These can be used to publicize the events connected to the retirement celebration of Bishop Waynick and the seating and consecration of Bishop-Elect Baskerville-Burrows, Format
  • We are providing these as PDF files that can be printed and copied on both sides of 8.5" x 11" paper and then cut in half to provide two inserts per page.  
  • We are providing two versions of each insert. One in color and one in black and white. We have endeavored to optimize both versions so you will be able to produce a good quality product.
  • Insert 1 has images of the two invitations, one for Bishop Waynick and one for Bishop-Elect Baskerville-Burrows, one on each side of the bulletin. 
  • Insert 2 has the invitation for Bishop-Elect Baskerville-Burrows ...
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Bishop-Elect Announces Initial Parish Visits

Bishop-elect, the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, has begun scheduling her Parish Visits for the upcoming year. Here is what we have so far with more to come.
  • March 19 - St. James, Vincennes and St. John’s, Washington
  • March 26 - St. Christopher's Carmel
  • April 02 - Trinity, Bloomington
  • April 09 - St. Francis-in-the-Field, Zionsville
  • April 16 (Easter Sunday) - St. John’s, Bedford
We will be updating this list as more dates are confirmed. These will also be posted on the Diocesan Calendar ...
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New Service for Parishes: Digital Sleuth

So, here's the idea. An Episcopalian from a city/state outside of our diocese receives a parish's name and the name of that parish's city or town here in the Diocese of Indianapolis. From there, the skilled, trained Digital Sleuth goes to work, with the assignment of figuring out what your parish is really like simply from your digital imprint. The Digital Sleuth writes a report to share with your parish leadership about what he or she has learned about you, making a guess about what your parish is really like without ever having visited you. You get to compare what you ARE like with what the Digital Sleuth THINKS you are like and perhaps work to reconcile that in your future approach to electronic communication. The ground rules for this program are the same as for our popular Mystery Guest program. The service is free on a first-come, first- served ...
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Remember the Refugees and Migrants

Ash Wednesday message offered by heads of Episcopal Church, Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada [March 1, 2017] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry joined the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in issuing an Ash Wednesday message. The message was issued by
  • The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Episcopal Church
  • The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Primate, Anglican Church of Canada
  • The Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
The text of the message can be read on the Episcopalian Church website. ...
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Ash Wednesday 2017

Bishop-Elect the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows participated in Christ Church Cathedral's Ashes to Go ministry on Monument Circle at noon ...
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Wed 22
Sat 25
Apr 06
Apr 13

Blessing of Oils & Reaffirmation of Vows @ CCC

April 13 @ 12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
Apr 29


April 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
May 13

Epis Women’s Ministries Council

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

180th Diocesan Convention

October 26-28, 2017

Location is Jeffersonville.


Many milestones were celebrated in 2016, including those of several parishes. Do you have an important milestone coming up in your parish? Share it here

179 Years and Still Going

St. Paul's, Richmond, is celebrating 179 years of ministry ...
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September 1976: General Convention Approves the Ordination of Women

Giving thanks for the history of ordained women in The Episcopal Church and in our diocese on the 40 year anniversary this month ...
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180 and Still Going

St. Paul's, Jeffersonville, just celebrated their 180th with a liturgy and reception ...
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St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis Celebrates Its 100th

St. Matthew's, Indianapolis, is celebrating their Centennial with a new Vision Statement and some great t-shirts ...
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St. Peter’s, Lebanon Has Been Very “Bee-sy”

St. Peter's, Lebanon,  just turned 60 and harvested the first honey from their apiary ...
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St. Paul’s, Indianapolis Celebrates their 150th

St. Paul's, Indianapolis, just turned 150 with a Gala and celebration weekend. See more pictures on Facebook ...
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Diocesan Executive Council Ratifies Alcohol Policy

Diocesan Executive Council met via conference call on Saturday, January 14, and ratified a policy on alcohol use related to diocesan and parish events.  View the policy here.


Join Us in Prayer

President Trump has taken office, but much of the tension in our nation continues. You’re invited to continue to light a virtual candle and pray for peace.


Episcopal Relief & Development



Download bulletin inserts here:

  • full page English (PDF) (JPG)
  • half page English (PDF) (JPG)
  • full page Español (PDF) (JPG
  • half page Español (PDF) (JPG

Potable Water Returns to Mithon, Haiti

Joy! Mithon, Haiti once again has potable water, following the destruction by Hurricane Matthew earlier this year. Diocesan Convention voted to allocate 120k in our remaining Haiti funds to help Mithon rebuild.