St. David’s interest in the Episcopal Church of Cuba (ECC) began in October 2017 when several parishioners attended a dinner in honor of Bishop Griselda of Cuba at St. Thomas’ Whitemarsh. It was followed by a pilgrimage to Cuba in February 2018 to visit with the Bishop and learn more about the Episcopal church in Cuba. In January and November 2019, St. David’s traveled to Cuba on two mission trips to help install water purification systems for their church communities and partner with a companion parish.
Cuba was separated from the U.S. Episcopal Church back in the 1960’s after the revolution. In July 2018 at the General Convention in Austin, Texas, the House of Bishops voted unanimously to re-admit Cuba as a diocese of the U.S. Episcopal Church. In March 2019, Presiding Bishop Curry visited Havana and celebrated the formal welcoming of Cuba back to the U.S. Episcopal Church.
About Our Outreach Missions in Cuba
We work in coordination with the Friends of the Episcopal Church of Cuba (FECC) from St. Luke’s in Connecticut. The FECC coordinates all efforts of U.S. churches with the Bishop’s office in Cuba. One of Bishop Griselda’s key visions was to provide purified water for each of the communities where Cuba’s Episcopal churches are located.
St. David’s has been involved in outreach efforts in Guatemala since 1999, as part of the Companion Diocese program of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. During that time we have provided money for education, clean water and building projects, and our parishioners have traveled there several times on mission trips. We began by simply visiting to listen to our Guatemalan companions tell us of their hopes and needs and to share their lives. Later we started sending work groups, first through Habitat for Humanity and then to work with our companions on construction projects and other missions.
About Our Outreach Missions in Guatemala
We work with four parishes: Santiago de Jerusalen (St. James) in Chimaltenango, Santa Cruz del Monte Calvario (Holy Cross of Mount Calvary) in Santa Cruz Balanyá, San Bartolomé (St. Bartholomew) in Chucalibal, and San Andres (St. Andrew’s) in San Andres Itzapa.
Since 1994, St. David’s has had a close relationship with the people of Uganda in Africa. Started through a Companion Diocese relationship, St. David’s involvement over the years has increased exponentially and now we are the largest supporter of two schools in Uganda. There are several buildings, cows and children that bear the names of our church and our generous parishioners.
About Our Outreach Missions in Uganda
April 2012 was an amazing month for Outreach as we continued to grow our relationship with our partners in Uganda. Sometimes growth is hardly discernible, little increments over time but April wasn’t like that; it was a big jump when Romans Serunjogi and his wife Sarah along with Patrick Wakkonyi and his wife Sarah (yes, two Sarahs) visited us.