DDG Board Members Attend 56th Dominican Diocesan Convention
By Julius Ariail
Posted March 5, 2014
Several representatives of the Dominican Development Group (DDG) from the United States attended the 56th annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic from February 14-16, 2014 in Santo Domingo. Among the representatives were David Morrow, DDG President; Bill Kunkle, DDG Executive Director; the Rt. Rev. J. Scott Barker, representing the Diocese of Nebraska; the Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer (Diocese of Northwest Texas); the Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley (Diocese of Eastern Michigan); the Rev. Tar Drazdowski (Diocese of Georgia); and Julia and Julius Ariail, DDG newsletter and social media editors. The Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguín, Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, is also a DDG board member, as are the Rev. Milton Amparo (Vicar, Iglesia San Andrés), Canon Virginia Norman (diocesan registrar), and Karen Carroll, a resident missionary who works on the staff of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic as the coordinator of incoming mission teams from the United States.
During the convention, all of the visiting DDG representatives were invited to make brief remarks to the delegates. The Rev. Drazdowski, who had been in residence at the Episcopal seminary in Santo Domingo for the past several weeks studying Spanish during her sabbatical leave from Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta, GA, spoke in Spanish as she brought greetings from the Diocese of Georgia. Bishop Barker preached during the Morning Prayer service in Epiphany Cathedral on Saturday, February 15, and all of the DDG representatives participated in the Convention’s closing Eucharist on Sunday, February 16th.For more detailed information on the events of this convention, including the Diocese’s plan for financial self-sustainability by 2016 and Bishop Holguín’s call for the election of a bishop coadjutor, see this article written by Lynette Wilson and posted by the Episcopal News Service here.