ANNAPOLIS, MD - The eastern parishes of the Central Diocese (Maryland, DC and Virginia) were recently designated as a new Missionary District under the canonical provisions of the CEC.
Fr. Martin Eppard was appointed Canon Missioner of the Missionary District by Bp. Michael Davidson, Ordinary of the Central Diocese. The parishes in the district are Holy Apostles, Westminster, MD., Church of Reconciliation, Bel Air, MD., St. Andrews, Petersburg, VA. and Good Shepherd, Catonsville, MD. In addition to the parishes several other clergy families are part of the missionary district.
Bp. Michael Davidson, the Bishop of the Diocese, as well as the Bishop’s Council, believe that the formation of the new missionary district will allow the parishes to really move forward in discerning the Lord’s will for the Mid-Atlantic region. The clergy and parishes are eager to begin working together to help strengthen the work of the Lord and reach out to the lost. A joint multi-parish men’s retreat is planned for February in Gettysburg, PA and The Baltimore Healing Service, which is held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Pikeville Doubletree in Baltimore, is already proving to be a unifying and truly anointed joint outreach. Additionally, all of the parishes of the newly formed missionary district participated in the March for Life in Washington DC.
Clergy families from the new district met together near Annapolis—a central location—to pray, fellowship and discuss the future of the missionary district. The day proved to be informative and productive. Good things are happening in the Mid-Atlantic Missionary District; Church of the Good Shepherd is preparing to move into its newly purchased facility, Holy Apostles will soon break ground on a new and larger building, Reconciliation is leading the upcoming men’s retreat and plans are in process for an outreach mission at St. Andrews.
It is wonderful to see the Lord’s hand at work in the CEC in this region, and we are all excited as we anticipate a time of revival and renewal.