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The Bishop's Letter: Reflections on our life together in light of Grow The Vision

Letter  Letter
  • Author: The Rt. Rev. Charles E. Jenkins
    Tenth Bishop of Louisiana
  • Updated: 03/20/2008
  • Copyright: The Rt. Rev. Charles E. Jenkins

A quote from Bishop Jenkins:
"Louise and I have made what is for us a sacrificial pledge which shall take us five years to fulfill it would have taken longer but we started two years early. Let me tell you what we have found about attempting to be generous beyond anything we have ever attempted before. We have been tithers and a bit more for years. How could we do more? We discovered new means to fulfill the stewardship for which we prayed. I am not suggesting a quid pro quo or a necessary cause and effect. Rather, I am saying that not too long ago I wondered how on earth we might make a generous pledge."


Diocesan Family,

Our diocesan capital campaign, Grow The Vision, is in full swing as I write to you. Surely all in our diocesan family know of the three major goals which we seek to enable the mission of the Episcopal Church in Louisiana: 1. A Youth Conference Center at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center in Robert; 2. The construction of the Chapel of the Holy Comforter to serve UNO and SUNO; 3. The founding and planting of three new congregations in the Diocese of Louisiana.

In addition, there are several smaller projects around these larger goals, not the least of which is the purchase of additional property adjacent to the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. I think the goals are well known and worthy of support. Now, as we come to the asking of support from our diocesan family, we come to a time of waiting and prayer. Indeed, this entire project has been part of my daily prayer since I became your bishop and spent that first year of my episcopate listening to the needs, hopes, and dreams of our diocese.

This diocesan effort has met several challenges along the way, most noticeably the horror of Sept. 11 and the ensuing recession. Another challenge, the enormity of which has been a surprise to me, is the distance and perception of our diocese in the hearts and minds of Louisiana Episcopalians.

I now ask for your pledges of support. Louise and I have made what is for us a sacrificial pledge which shall take us five years to fulfill it would have taken longer but we started two years early. Let me tell you what we have found about attempting to be generous beyond anything we have ever attempted before. We have been tithers and a bit more for years. How could we do more? We discovered new means to fulfill the stewardship for which we prayed. I am not suggesting a quid pro quo or a necessary cause and effect. Rather, I am saying that not too long ago I wondered how on earth we might make a generous pledge. We felt 'tapped out' by the many worthy causes who sought our support. In praying about this we found not only the will but also the means to what is for us a generous and sacrificial pledge. Now, our pledge is not going to build a college center or a dorm at the Youth Facility. But that is the point. In the great scheme of things, ours is a modest amount of money but there is more here than dollars. 'When I consider all that my Lord has done for me, how can I consider extreme anything that I might give in return,' taught Bishop Iveson B. Noland.

The point is that we have done our best and a good bit more than we thought possible. It is not the amount of the pledge that matters, but the love in which I hope it is given. The widow¹s mite means as much in the Kingdom of Heaven as does the big gift of a captain of industry.

So, I am filled with hope and gratitude as your support is earnestly asked.

Yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Charles E. Jenkins

Tenth Bishop of Louisiana

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