A Message from the Rt Revd Chip Edgar, Bishop of the ADOSC
For everything there is a season, and the SC Anglican Fourth Day Cursillo is no exception. Brenda Gonnella served faithfully with excellence for an extended tenure during the pandemic, and last October she rotated out of her role as Diocesan Lay Coordinator. I want to thank Brenda for her perseverance during the severe Covid restrictions in keeping the light burning so that Cursillo could resume as soon as possible.
I have asked Jim Huntley to step into the role of Diocesan Lay Coordinator. Jim has served in many capacities with Cursillo for 17 years, including as Lay Rector, and I’m confident that he will fill the position well. After serving as the Bishop’s Clergy Representative for eight years, Fr. Tom Woodle has decided to retire at the end of this month. He, too, has steadily navigated SC Anglican Fourth Day Cursillo through the years of litigation and the pandemic, always cheering the Cursillo Community on to build up the saints by proclaiming the powerful working of the Holy Spirit within the Cursillo Movement. He has my thanks for his fixed and dependable leadership. In his place, I have appointed Fr. Bill Oldland as the new Bishop’s Clergy Representative. Like Jim, Bill brings years of experience serving with Cursillo in North Carolina as Diocesan Lay Coordinator there, and building up our diocese through numerous roles in this vital ministry, and I look forward to working with him.
With the loss of the St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center, I have asked Fr. Bill and Jim to work with the Secretariat to begin looking for a temporary new site to hold future Cursillo weekends until the Diocese can establish our own camp and conference center. Along with the change of site, I would like the leadership to provide a thorough review of the structure of Three-Day Weekends, and, prayerfully led by the Holy Spirit, to be open to a refreshment of the ministry that will still maintain the core mission of Cursillo to grow Christ-centered leaders. I pray that the Holy Spirit is poised to bring a new season to SC Anglican Fourth Day Cursillo to build upon the fine Kingdom work carried out by Cursillistas for the past 25 years in our diocese. Pray with me for the Secretariat as they wrestle with this task. May God grant them grace, direction, and power in this new season.
The following message from Bishop Chip Edgar was sent out in the Cursillo newsletter July 1, 2023.