News & Features
March 04, 2021
With thanksgiving and joy, we welcome two people to diocesan staff this month. Amanda Anderson will serve as Executive Assistant to the Bishops and Hazel Monae comes on board as our Missioner for Equity and Justice. After extensive search processes for both positions, with many strong candidates, we are excited that Hazel and Amanda will bring with their faith, professionalism, and creativity to the diocese as we continue walking the way of love.
Amanda Anderson, Executive Assistant to the Bishops
Amanda joins us with a wealth of executive assistant experience and administrative skills, most recently having served as the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Capitol Heights, Maryland. Amanda will manage the continued smooth functioning of the bishops’ office.
What drew Amanda to us was her desire to more deeply engage her faith with her work. “Throughout my career, I have maintained high performance standards within a diverse range of administration functions. I have proven myself to be solution-oriented, trustworthy, and a person full of initiative.” She is actively engaged in the work of her faith community having served in numerous leadership positions.
Hazel Monae, Missioner for Equity and Justice
Hazel comes to us from Episcopal City Mission where she serves as Senior Manager of Engagement and Leadership Development. She has over 10 years of program development and facilitative leadership experience in the fields of racial equity, education, and community organizing. Hazel’s portfolio as Missioner for Equity and Justice will focus on our strategic plan priority to bravely uncover, understand, reckon with and act to dismantle racism within ourselves, our faith communities, the diocese and our localities. Hazel’s first official day on staff is March 8th.
“I believe that we all must take an ethical approach to developing and engaging our church and society--moving us closer to God’s liberating dream for all people,” Hazel shared in her cover letter. “I am energized by your commitment to address racial injustice and to respond from within the values, ideals and framework of the Episcopal Church.”
“This is an important season in the life of the diocese as we've entered the second year of strategic plan implementation,” says Bishop Mariann. Amanda and Hazel are welcome additions to your faithful, skilled, and passionate diocesan staff. I am honored to serve God and this diocese alongside them.”
January 12, 2021
Well done, good and faithful servant.
At the end of January, we give thanks for the ministries of three remarkable members of the diocesan staff and send them off with our blessings. The Rev. Sarabeth Goodwin, Missioner for Latino Ministries, and Ms. Cheryl Wilburn, Administrative Assistant for the Bishops are both retiring, and the Rev. Paula Clark, Canon to the Ordinary has been elected Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago.
We invite your participation in our collective efforts to celebrate and give thanks for these extraordinary women.
Please send your personal note of thanks to each one individually, either by email
or by mail to:
Attn: Kathleen Hall
Mount St. Alban
Washington DC 20016
On the weekend of Diocesan Convention, we will present all three with a special gift, handcrafted by the Rev. Joe Clark out of the wood harvested from the oak tree that once stood in front of Church House. We will give them all the personal notes we have received.
We are also raising funds for Bishop-elect Paula’s episcopal ring and a liturgical set of cope, chasuble, and mitre. Both will be presented to her, on behalf of her home diocese, at her consecration on April 24. If you would like to contribute, please give online or text paulaclark to 50155.
In addition to the time to honor Sarabeth, Cheryl, and Paula at Diocesan Convention, we invite you to take part in these two events:
Latino Ministry Event to Honor Sarabeth
Join Bishop Mariann and the people of our Latino congregations for a virtual Celebration of Thanksgiving for the Rev. Sarabeth Goodwin’s ministry on Saturday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. The service will be bilingual.
Drive-By Celebration for Cheryl and Paula
Each has blessed so many in their years of ministry. Now is our opportunity to let them know how much we love and appreciate who they are, their faithfulness to Jesus, and their many gifts to us.
December 10, 2020
“But how can you leave us?” -- Diocesan Staff, upon Cheryl Daves Wilburn and the Rev. Sarabeth Goodwin informing us of their plans for retirement.
“Hooray!” -- Diocesan staff, upon the news that Mildred Briones Reyes will serve as the new Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministry and Diocesan Initiatives for the diocese.
Cheryl Daves Wilburn
Cheryl will retire February 1, 2021, after just shy of 50 years of devoted service to the Diocese of Washington. An anchor of calm and care in a too often turbulent world, we give thanks for her pastoral presence among us and her ministry of love. Watch Cheryl’s “exit” interview with Keely Thrall.
For over 16 years, both in her parish ministry work and as the diocesan Missioner for Latino Ministries, Sarabeth has placed a love of God and an understanding of community and the common good of the people she serves at the center of her grace-filled ministry. In advance of her retirement on February 1, 2021, she reflects on her time among us in a video conversation with Mildred Briones Reyes. (En Español)
Mildred Briones Reyes
Bishop Mariann is pleased to announce that Mildred Briones Reyes will serve as the Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministry and Diocesan Initiatives for the Diocese of Washington beginning on February 1, 2021 in addition to continuing to offer her organizational skills to manage and support key diocesan programs and initiatives to advance the diocesan strategic plan. Read the full announcement | Leer en español
Mildred Briones Reyes to Serve as the Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministry and Diocesan Initiatives
December 10, 2020
Bishop Mariann is pleased to announce that Mildred Briones Reyes will serve as the Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministry and Diocesan Initiatives for the Diocese of Washington beginning on February 1, 2021, transitioning from her current role upon the retirement of the Rev. Sarabeth Goodwin.
Since her arrival on the bishop’s staff in January 2018, Mildred has been an invaluable member of the diocesan team, bringing her joy-filled faith, superb organizational skills to every initiative she has tackled, and her passion for helping others. “Given Mildred’s deep ties to Latino Ministry, not only in this diocese but in the wider church,” Canon Paula Clark says, “it felt like a natural evolution in Mildred’s ministry path for us to explore how her gifts might align with our goals for Latino/Hispanic Ministry in the diocese.”
Mildred says, “I am proud to be a product of the Latino Ministry in this diocese that allows mi gente -- mi familia -- and me to journey in God’s transcending love. I look forward to the work ahead."
Mildred will be responsible for advocacy and oversight of Latino/Hispanic ministry in the Diocese of Washington, working with the Bishop, diocesan staff, clergy, congregations and diocesan organizations to advocate, develop, and enhance initiatives among people of Latino/Hispanic cultural backgrounds within their missional contextual communities. In addition, Mildred will continue to offer her organizational skills to manage and support key diocesan programs and initiatives to advance the diocesan strategic plan.
In taking on this position, Mildred will be one of the few Latina lay Missioners for Latino/Hispanic Ministry in The Episcopal Church.
Mildred Briones Reyes servirá como Misionera para el Ministerio Latino/Hispano y las Iniciativas Diocesanas
December 10, 2020
La Obispa Mariann se complace en anunciar que Mildred Briones Reyes servirá como la Misionera para el Ministerio Latino/Hispano para la Diócesis de Washington a partir del 1 de febrero de 2021, pasando de su cargo actual al retiro de la Reverenda Sarabeth Goodwin.
Desde su llegada al personal de la obispa en enero de 2018, Mildred ha sido un miembro inestimable del equipo diocesano, trayendo su fe llena de alegría, sus magníficas habilidades organizativas a cada iniciativa que ha abordado y su pasión por ayudar a los demás. "Dados los profundos vínculos de Mildred con el Ministerio Latino, no solo en esta diócesis sino en la iglesia más amplia", dice la Canóniga Paula Clark, "nos sentimos como una evolución natural en el camino del ministerio de Mildred para que exploremos cómo sus dones podrían alinearse con nuestras metas para el Ministerio Latino/Hispano en la diócesis".
Mildred dice: “Estoy orgullosa de ser un producto del Ministerio Latino en esta diócesis que permite a mi gente -- mi familia -- y a mí viajar en el amor trascendente de Dios. Espero con mucha ilusion el trabajo que vamos a realizar por delante.”
Mildred será responsable de la promoción y supervisión del ministerio latino/hispano en la Diócesis de Washington, trabajando con la Obispa, el personal diocesano, el clero, las congregaciones y las organizaciones diocesanas para abogar, desarrollar y mejorar iniciativas entre personas de origen cultural latino/hispano dentro de sus comunidades contextuales misionales. Además, Mildred continuará ofreciendo sus habilidades organizativas para manejar y apoyar programas e iniciativas diocesanas clave para avanzar en el plan estratégico diocesano.
Al asumir este cargo, Mildred será una de las pocas misioneras laicas latinas del Ministerio Latino/Hispano en la Iglesia Episcopal.