View a gallery of photos from the worship service and the reception that followed.
Our bishop, The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, made her first visitation to St. Thomas’ on The Feast of the Epiphany—Sunday, January 5, 2014. One part of her “offering” to us was to baptize, confirm, receive, and renew the Christian commitment of all who desired it. Three children were baptized at this service and five adults were received by the Bishop into official membership in the Episcopal Church.
Bishop Mariann is the spiritual leader in Washington of 40,500 Episcopalians in 89 congregations and 20 Episcopal schools, in the District of Columbia and four Maryland Counties—Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, and St. Mary’s. She also serves as Chair and President of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, which oversees the ministries of the Washington National Cathedral and three Cathedral schools.
According to our diocesan website: “A passionate believer in the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Budde is committed to the revitalization and growth of congregations and core ministries of the diocese, building their capacity to serve Christ’s reconciling mission in the world. Her priority is to develop and strengthen collaborative models of ministry that can meet the needs of a changing world with flexibility, endurance, and grounded faith.”