Subsequent Sunday, June 20, in a dramatic and solemn late afternoon service, the Establishment of a brand new Rector and Dean of St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral on Thomasville Street will happen.
With the entire pomp and circumstance for which the Anglican Church is understood, The Very Reverend Marcus Kaiser, Sr. will tackle the twin roles of Dean of the Cathedral, in addition to the duties of a parish Rector.
Presiding over the ceremony can be: The Most Reverend Foley Seaside, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America; Bishop of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese, the Proper Reverend, Neil LeBhar; and the interim Dean of St. Peter’s for the final two years, Archbishop Emeritus, the Most Reverend Robert Duncan. With acolytes and clergy in purple vestments, hovering music, together with a trumpeting brass ensemble, the cathedral will start a brand new chapter in its life.
In 2005, when a small nucleus of believers cut up away from St. John’s Episcopal Church, they usual a imaginative and prescient of a grand cathedral. By way of donations and willpower, a 30,000-square-foot Gothic edifice rose up alongside busy Thomasville Street.
Consecrated in 2018, St. Peter’s is now unimaginable to overlook with its 24 spires, 5 Celtic crosses, hovering stained glass panels and a triumphant bell tower that demonstrated the dedication of the cathedral’s parishioners.
However there can be hassle forward for the management of the church.
The then-Rector of St. Peter’s, Eric Dudley, was accused of sexual misconduct with younger males. He finally resigned his place, and was defrocked by the Anglican Church in 2019. Retired Archbishop Bob Duncan has stuffed the function on an interim foundation ever since.
New dean at St. Peter’s conscious of difficulties at church
Wishing to be known as, “Father Marcus,” the soon-to-be invested Dean, Marcus Kaiser, who has really been serving St. Peter’s as Rector since November, says he’s cognizant of the trials by means of which St. Peter’s has come.
“Is the church healed?” Kaiser responds to a query. “No one is ever really healed. It was troublesome, however truthfully, COVID has been a much bigger problem.” Kaiser admits that the removing of the previous Rector from the parish affected the numbers of congregants for a time. “However attendance is clearly up now, and we are going to certainly proceed to heal.”
Now, following the two-year seek for simply the proper priest, Kaiser is trying ahead to introducing himself to the neighborhood.
He was born in mid-Florida, a Roman Catholic, although he says the church and religion had been by no means a giant a part of his adolescence. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Nuclear engineering program, for the following 8 years, Kaiser would serve aboard the united statesFitzgerald and the united statesEnterprise, lead as much as 120 sailors as a Floor Warfare Officer, and amongst different assignments, sit on the Command Employees of the Nuclear Energy Coaching Unit in Charleston, S.C.
However God had come calling. And although Kaiser’s spouse, Kimberly, was raised within the Pentecostal Church, and he was a fallen-away Roman Catholic, collectively they discovered that the Anglican Church was the house for which they’d been looking.
Two years after leaving the Navy, Kaiser would graduate with a Grasp of Divinity diploma from Nashotah Home Theological Seminary, having heard a transparent calling to function an Anglican priest.
As he had executed within the army, Kaiser rose rapidly within the church. “I consider there’s a correlation between management within the Navy and serving because the rector of a church or parish,” he stated.
Kaiser has been rector at three church buildings in each Sumter, and Eutawville, S.C. “Working nicely along with your employees, listening to what the individuals with whom you’re employed, and whom you serve is how good management is developed. And also you’d higher be listening to God too.”
Kaiser is humorous and pleasant, and because the father of 4 sons, 18, 16, 9, and eight, doesn’t appear to take himself too critically.
“I feel that for now, getting by means of the COVID interval is the best problem for everybody. I’ve buried individuals with the sickness in South Carolina. Folks stay frightened. In some methods, the pandemic has prompted a form of diaspora of churchgoers,” Kaiser stated.
He cites individuals who have determined to remain house, separated from each other, and “watch church” on-line. “It’s form of turned us clergy into “televangelists from a broadcast company,” he jokes. However he appears ahead to a time parishioners can really feel the “great thing about holiness” that’s current inside a bodily church.
As to his imaginative and prescient for the following interval in St. Peter’s life, Kaiser says, “I can’t be the one man with a “imaginative and prescient.” That’s the reason I’ll do a whole lot of listening. It is a huge cathedral, however we should ensure that we’re serving outdoors its partitions as nicely… each right here, and overseas.”
Kaiser has been concerned in a number of missions to Honduras, Kenya, and Myanmar. However he does have a aim he wish to institute earlier than Christmas.
“I need to set up prayer groups that attain out to these whose lives might really feel lengthy and arduous. We’re a giant church, however it’s for naught, if we aren’t prayerful collectively,” Kaiser stated.
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