The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma’s IONA School of Formation Class of 2018 graduated this past Sunday, June 17th! Congratulations to Ann Murray, Stephen Miller, Michael Clements, Mary Ann Coffman, Lance Schmitz, and the Rev. Canon Dr. Tony Moon!
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The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook, Canon for Church Growth and Development, delivered a powerful sermon reflecting on what it means to have faith as a mustard seed. She also shared some advice on the Call of ordained life and ministry and encouraged the graduates to trust their Call from God and live fully into their vocation. Steve Orwig, Dean of the IONA School of Formation, presented the graduates and those completing their study with their official certificates. The Rev. Canon Dr. Bill Carroll, Canon for Clergy Transitions & Congregational Life, on behalf of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny, offered congratulations and blessings for each graduate. The congregation joined in celebratory applause and congratulations!
Ann Murray, Stephen Miller, Michael Clements, and Mary Ann Coffman are scheduled to be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29th at St. Paul's Cathedral, Oklahoma City. Bishop Ed has announced that the three vocational Deacons will be serving in the following locations: Ann Murray at St. Mary's, Edmond; Michael Clements at St. John's, Durant; and Mary Ann Coffman at St. David's, Oklahoma City. The fourth Deacon to be ordained on June 29th, Stephen Miller, is a transitional Deacon preparing for the bi-vocational Priesthood. Bishop Ed has appointed Steve as Deacon-in-charge at St. Mark’s, Perry.
Lance Schmitz, who was previously ordained in another tradition, continues to complete an individualized course of formation designed in consultation with the Examining Chaplains and has been serving at St. Paul’s Cathedral as a youth minister and field education student.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Tony Moon was recently ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests, and he will continue to serve as Diocesan Canon Advisor and serve as part-time Assisting Priest at St. Augustine of Canterbury, Oklahoma City. The Rev. Beth Bell, who graduated from our IONA School of Formation last year, was also recently ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests, and has been appointed an Assisting Priest at St. David’s, Oklahoma City.
Please join us in congratulating our recent IONA School of Formation graduates!
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