Resolutions - Results

CR-1: The Rev. Dr. Robert D. Friend
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas, the Rev. Dr. Robert D. Friend announced his retirement from parish ministry, effective September 30 2011; and

Whereas, Dr. Friend graduated from the University of Virginia in 1973 and entered Virginia Theological Seminary, being ordained priest on December 18; 1976; and

Whereas, he left the Diocese of Virginia for the next 10 years to serve at Eastern Shore Chapel in Virginia Beach, where he met and married Susan and he was then called to serve at St. Anne's Parish in Annapolis, Maryland, leading their ministry to the midshipmen of the U. S. Naval Academy; and

Whereas, Dr. Friend returned to the Diocese of Virginia in 1987, spending the next 14 years as rector of St. Francis’, Great Falls, developing the parish from a small church to a program-sized parish, and during his time at St. Francis', completed the requirements for doctor of ministry from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1998; and

Whereas, the Rev. Dr. Robert D. Friend was called to All Saints’, Richmond in May 2001, and among his successes was revitalizing the parish's overseas mission ministry, invigorating the youth of the parish to take on mission programs and increasing Christian education opportunities within the parish, and through his leadership All Saints’ continues to be known for its premiere music program; and

Whereas, Dr. Friend was instrumental in continuing the healing services at All Saints’, having experienced this himself, working with parishioners and others from outside the parish, to convey a deeper knowledge of God and his presence; and

Whereas, he has served in numerous capacities within the Diocese of Virginia, serving on the Executive Board from 1990-1993, elected to the Standing Committee in 2002, serving as dean of Region XII from 2004 to 2007, serving on the board at Roslyn and was a founding member of the River Road Clergy Association; and

Whereas, the Rev. Dr. Robert Friend exemplifies the attributes of a good shepherd, demonstrating a generosity of spirit, of drawing people closer to God through their lives; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 217th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia joins with the clergy, laity and staff of the Diocese of Virginia, of Region XII and the vestry and congregation of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Richmond, in expressing their sincere appreciation to the Rev. Dr. Robert D. Friend's 35 years in parish ministry, upon the occasion of his retirement; and now it be further

Resolved, that the secretary of the 217th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia send a framed copy of this resolution to Dr. Friend and his family and that this resolution be printed in the minutes of the 217th Annual Council.

CR-2: The Rev. Dr. Anne Gavin Ritchie
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas, the Rev. Dr. Anne Gavin Ritchie, a graduate of Adelphi University and Virginia Theological Seminary, sponsored for Holy Orders by Christ Church, Georgetown in Washington, D.C., was ordained a priest in 1978; and

Whereas, she served as priest at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., at Emery Chapel on U.S. Army Emery Barracks in Würzburg, Germany, at Saint John’s Church, Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.; and

Whereas, she was called as rector to Church of the Resurrection in Alexandria, Virginia in 1995; and

Whereas, she earned a doctor of ministry in congregational development from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 2005; and

Whereas, she served as member ex officio on the Board of Trustees of Goodwin House, Inc., as a member of the Executive Board of the Virginia Theological Seminary Alumni Association and as a member of the Executive Board of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia; and

Whereas, she continues to serve as steward for the Virginia Theological Seminary Class of 1978, as member of the Council of Friends of Canterbury Cathedral; and

Whereas, she retired from Church of the Resurrection in July 2011 after 16 years of faithful and loving service and ministry as rector; now therefore be it

Resolved, that this 217th Annual Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia joins the parish family of the Church of the Resurrection in expressing heartfelt thanks to the Rev. Dr. Anne Gavin Ritchie for sharing her priestly gifts and life with us; and be it further

Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Rev. Dr. Anne Gavin Ritchie and included in the minutes of the 217th Annual Council.

CR-3: Mr. John Cameron Hoppe
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas, John Cameron Hoppe moved into the Diocese of Virginia from the Diocese of Southern Virginia nearly a quarter century ago; and

Whereas, John immediately immersed himself in the mission and ministry of this diocese; and

Whereas, John worshipped regularly at St. John’s, West Point, where he also served as lector, lay Eucharistic minister, leader of the acolyte corps, organizer of countless stewardship campaigns, Bible study leader and as “minister of lights”; and

Whereas, John regularly served as St. John’s alternate delegate to Annual Council (which he attends every year just for the fun of it!); and

Whereas, John also served faithfully and for many years as St. John’s representative to Region II, traveling regularly across the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck to visit all 22 churches in the Region, where he is now known as the sage voice of regional history; and

Whereas, John served for more than 20 years on the Diocesan Committee on Congregational Missions, where he worked diligently on behalf of St. Paul’s, West Point; Immanuel Church, King & Queen; St. Paul’s, Nomini Grove; and Grace Church, Millers Tavern to help them live into their missional calling; and

Whereas, John joyfully and enthusiastically took on the additional service of lay delegate to the Provincial Synod from the Diocese of Virginia for the term of 2008 until 2011; and

Whereas, John has recently married his beloved Jo Anna and the newlyweds make their home in Williamsburg (in the Diocese of Southern Virginia); now therefore be it

Resolved, that this 217th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia does hereby offer thanks to God for the faithful ministry of John Cameron Hoppe in our midst; and be it further

Resolved, that we wish Godspeed to John in his return to our sister diocese to the south; and be it further

Resolved, that this 217th Annual Council asks the Secretary to provide a copy of this resolution to our dear friend in Christ, Mr. John Cameron Hoppe.

CR-4: The Rev. Deacon Dana Evenson Buchanan
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas, the Rev. Deacon Dana Evenson Buchanan passed from this life much too soon on September 15, 2011 at the age of 51; and

Whereas, she was ordained to the diaconate on February 5, 2011 by the Rt. Rev. Shannon Sherwood Johnston as one of the first vocational deacons in the Diocese of Virginia; and

Whereas, she served as a deacon at St. Francis' in Great Falls where she proclaimed the Gospel with passion, reached out to those in need of pastoral care and lovingly held the congregation accountable to their baptismal promises; and

Whereas, she was a founding member of St. Gabriel’s Church in Leesburg, where she served as an integral member of the initial launch team, served as registrar, sang in the choir, composed music and played flute, shepherded small groups in her home, served as a Eucharistic minister and Eucharistic visitor, helped to rebuild homes in West Virginia, and engaged in numerous other ministries, most especially outreach ministries serving those in need; and

Whereas, she was a faithful participant in Daughters of the King; and

Whereas, Dana exemplified diaconal ministry, articulating to the Church the needs and concerns of the world, reflecting God’s inclusive love for each and every person, and inspiring active engagement by the Church in the world; and

Whereas, she brought intentional ministry and joy into all aspects of her daily life, including her job as a deputy clerk of the court in Loudon County, her friendships and every random interaction; and

Whereas, on May 19, 2001, she married her husband Rob Buchanan, who shared many of Dana’s ministries with her, and who continues active and faithful ministry with St. Gabriel’s and St. James’, Leesburg; and

Whereas, Dana remained a courageous witness of unwavering faith and devotion to God during her valiant and prolonged battle with cancer; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 217th Council of the Diocese of Virginia give abundant thanks for the life and ministry of the Rev. Deacon Dana Evenson Buchanan; and be it further

Resolved, that the secretary of the Diocese of Virginia should provide a copy of this resolution to her husband, Rob.

CR-5: Mrs. Katherine Farmar
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas, Katherine Farmar (Mrs. Richard A. Farmar, Jr.), past president of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Virginia, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2011; and

Whereas, Katherine was a faithful member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Warsaw, VA and served as its altar guild chairman and ECW president, and participated in numerous church retreats with her husband at Roslyn; and

Whereas, Katherine was active in the Episcopal Church Women and altar guild activities and helped create a handsome needlepoint UTO stole for the Rt. Rev. Robert Bruce Hall, XI Bishop of Virginia, and for use at diocesan ECW Annual Meeting United Thank Offering Ingatherings; and

Whereas, during Katherine’s administration the first diocesan ECW newsletter was published and distributed throughout the Diocese of Virginia; and

Whereas, under Katherine’s leadership, the United Thank Offering became a family project, not just for women only, when, “gifts are given in thankfulness for everyday blessings of life”; now be it therefore

Resolved, that the 217th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia celebrate and give thanks for Katherine’s life and her commitment, dedication and Christian service; and be it further

Resolved, that the secretary of this Annual Council send condolences and a copy of this resolution to Katherine’s family.

CR-6: The Rev. Edward King Jr.
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas, the late Rev. Edward King Jr. was a graduate of University of Miami School of Business and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta; and

Whereas, the Rev. Mr. King served as assistant minister at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church and often led services at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville; and

Whereas, the Rev. Mr. King had an active 18-year career in philanthropy, culminating in a 16-year career with the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, which touched the lives of many in the Diocese of Virginia; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 217th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia celebrate and give thanks for the dedication, support and life of the Rev. Edward King, Jr.; Mr. King worked tirelessly to enable the 15 organizations in the Diocese of Virginia, supported by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, to follow their call at all times and in all places to do God’s work in the world; and be it further

Resolved, that the secretary of this Annual Council send a copy of this resolution to the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Rev. Mr. King’s surviving wife, Cerrito, and their four children: Vanessa King, Edward King III, Michae’l King and Justin King.

CR-7: Mr. Paul Brockman
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas, Paul Robert Brockman ably served the Episcopal Church as an active lay leader and Christ’s faithful servant in the Diocese of Virginia for 40 years; and

Whereas, Paul had been a member of Christ Church, Alexandria; The Falls Church, Falls Church; and St. Paul’s Memorial Church, Charlottesville; and

Whereas, Paul served faithfully as a member of the Standing Committee in the class of 2013; and

Whereas; Paul served as an alternate deputy to General Convention in 2009; and

Whereas, Paul served as a delegate to Diocesan Council from 2005 to 2011; and

Whereas, Paul lived out his Baptismal Covenant as a resolute voice for justice and peace and for dignity for every human being; and

Whereas, Paul was fearless in proclaiming views founded on his dedication to Christian principles, including the stewardship of God’s abundant gifts; and

Whereas, his final illness did not deter him from continuing as “Christ’s faithful servant unto his life’s end”; and

Whereas, Paul departed this life to be in God’s greater glory on May 11, 2011; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 217th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia give thanks to God for the life of Paul Robert Brockman, and asks the secretary to provide a copy of this resolution to his widow, Nancy Brockman.

CR-8: Mr. Russell V. Palmore Jr.
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas, Russell V. Palmore Jr., beloved Chancellor of the Diocese of Virginia and Parliamentarian of this Council since 1987, departed this life on April 7, 2011, to make his home with the saints at rest; and

Whereas, Russ Palmore had spent his entire life in service to God as a member of the Episcopal Church in this diocese, to wit:

  • As a baptized infant member of the church of St. James the Less in Ashland;
  • As a chorister and acolyte at that church;
  • As a camper and counselor in the diocesan camps at Roslyn and Shrine Mont, and assistant director of St. George’s Camp;
  • As acolyte master, vestryman, senior warden and captain of the softball team of St. Paul’s, Richmond;
  • As Memorial Trustee of Roslyn, Trustee of the Church Schools, a member of the St. Christopher’s School Foundation, a member of the Board of the Forward Movement and a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese;
  • As a deputy from Virginia to eight consecutive triennial General Conventions of the Episcopal Church from 1988-2009, elected to serve a ninth time as deputy to the 2012 Convention;
  • As a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget & Finance of the General Convention;
  • As a member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church and chair of its Standing Committee on Administration and Finance; and

Whereas, Russ Palmore graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Virginia Law School before joining the bar and becoming a member of the Richmond firm of Mays Valentine, later Troutman Sanders; served as president of the Richmond Bar Association and as president of the Virginia Law Foundation; and in 2008 was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, by the Virginia Theological Seminary; and

Whereas, Russ Palmore advised the Bishop of Virginia as his Chancellor for 25 years, through many difficult and challenging times, giving support as well to the Catholic Bishop of Richmond and the Bishop of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church on issues of clergy discipline and church policy; and served as a trusted and careful adviser on the legal issues of dissident congregations; also chairing a special committee that dealt with property issues with congregations in which the majority of laity and clergy decided to leave the Episcopal Church; and

Whereas, Russ Palmore is survived by his wife, Susan Armstrong, by his daughters, Annie Witthoefft of Richmond and Jessie Yancey of Nashville, by his sisters Conde Hopkins and Lelia Wehman, and by his grandchildren Charles Russell Witthoefft and Russell Vaughan Palmore Yancey; and

Whereas, Russ Palmore was a gentleman fair and knowledgeable, full of graciousness and wisdom, humor and faithfulness, passion and conviction, attentive, generous, a trustworthy friend and ally; and

Whereas, Russ Palmore loved baseball, knew Casey at the Bat by heart, was one of the best friends of dozens of people in this room, and through more than half a century of service helped to shape and anchor the spirit and quality of life of this Council, the City of Richmond, the Diocese of Virginia and the entire Episcopal Church; now therefore be it

Resolved, that this 217th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia expresses its heartfelt gratitude to God for the life, ministry, witness and friendship of Russell V. Palmore Jr., beloved Chancellor and Parliamentarian; and be it further

Resolved, that we extend to his wife and family, his parish and his law partners, his colleagues and his friends, continued love, sympathy and prayers; and be it further

Resolved, that this 217th Annual Council acknowledges the marked absence of our friend and Parliamentarian in body, even while we affirm our sure confidence that he is present with us this day in spirit; and be it further

Resolved, that this Council directs the secretary of the Diocese to forward to Susan Armstrong, Annie Witthoefft and Jessie Yancey a copy of this resolution.

CR-9: The Rt. Rev. David Colin Jones
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas, David Colin Jones, with the unfailing support and assistance of his wife Kay, has served as Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Virginia since June 24, 1995; and

Whereas, Bishop Jones served as both deacon and priest in the Diocese of West Virginia, and then as rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Burke in this Diocese; and

Whereas, in more than 40 years of ordained ministry, both in the mountainous heights of West Virginia and in the sunny vales of Virginia, in parish work, on numerous judicatory bodies, and in ecumenical relationships, he has always boldly proclaimed and interpreted the Gospel of Christ, enlightening the minds and stirring up the conscience of the people; and

Whereas, in church planting and overseas mission, he has ceaselessly encouraged and supported all baptized people, nourishing them from the riches of God's grace, showing compassion to the poor and strangers, and defending those who have no helper; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 217th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia gives humble and hearty thanks to God for the lives, the witness and the abiding friendship of David and Kay Jones; and be it further

Resolved, that this Council commends them both to God's never-failing care, that the years to come may be a time of rest and delight in each other, and of delight and continued growth in our Lord's service; and be it further

Resolved, that this Council directs the secretary to forward to Bishop and Mrs. Jones a copy of this resolution.

CR-10: The Rev. Dr. Cynthia A. Gilliatt
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas, the Rev. Dr. Cynthia A. Gilliatt was an active and energetic member of the Diocese of Virginia; and

Whereas, she was deeply steeped in the realities of her baptismal ministry and worked tirelessly for the justice of all, especially lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people; and

Whereas, she lived out her ordination vows with obedience, loyalty and grace toward the Diocese of Virginia and her bishops; and

Whereas, she was a founding member of Integrity Virginia and Safe Zones at James Madison University; and

Whereas, she dedicated her life to educate the young adults of Virginia and teach them to love the English language and literature; and

Whereas, Cynthia’s sharp wit and keen sense of humor kept her colleagues and friends laughing; and

Whereas, she could often be found on the links of the local golf course and supporting First Tee in Harrisonburg; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 217th Council of the Diocese of Virginia, meeting in Reston Virginia, give thanks for the life and witness of the Rev. Dr. Cynthia A. Gilliatt. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

CR-11: Mr. Joseph Paxton
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas, Joe Paxton has been and remains a faithful member of the body of Christ, serving the Church in many ways, both formally and informally; and

Whereas, his service in the Diocese of Virginia has included membership on the vestry of Emmanuel Church, Harrisonburg, serving at various times as a member of the vestry, as senior and junior warden, as that church’s representative to Region XIV, where he was elected to the Executive Board of the Diocese of Virginia and as a delegate to the Annual Council of the Diocese; and

Whereas, in his capacity as a representative to the Executive Board, he served faithfully as chair of the Budget Committee of the Executive Board and again as chair of the Budget Committee of Annual Council; and

Whereas he served on two ad hoc committees to further assist the Diocese and its related organizations with new auditor selection processes in 2005 and 2011, helping to maintain the highest possible accounting standards; and

Whereas, he served the Shrine Mont Board from 1998 to 2011, during most of which time he was named as vice president of the Board and chair of the Finance Committee. His love of Shrine Mont instilled in all known to him a passion to further enhance Shrine Mont as “a place apart,” increase its financial stability and set it on a path for further success; and

Whereas, he served the Diocesan Missionary Society from 2003 through 2012, during which time he was appointed both vice president and then later president. In his DMS duties, he worked closely not only with diocesan churches and institutions, but also with the Standing Committee and the Office of the Bishop in arranging loans for the expansion of the diocese in spreading the Gospel; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 217th Council of the Diocese of Virginia expresses its sincere appreciation to Joseph Paxton, for his loyal and dedicated service to Shrine Mont, the Diocesan Missionary Society and to the Diocese of Virginia as a whole, and does hereby recognize and express sincere gratitude to him for his leadership and gifts freely offered to enrich the quality of spiritual life in the Diocese of Virginia.

CR-12: Mr. Charles Edward McMurdo
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas, Charles Edward McMurdo departed this life on December 31, 2011 at the age of one hundred and five and a half, to be welcomed at the heavenly banquet table; and

Whereas, Charles McMurdo was born on July 31, 1906 on his family’s ranch, Sagemore, in Wilsall, Montana; and

Whereas, “Mr. Mac” came east to attend the University of Virginia in 1925, completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering in 1930, and was at his passing the oldest living alumnus of the University of Virginia; and

Whereas, he was a faithful and active Episcopalian and a member of the Church of the Epiphany, both at its Hanes Avenue location and its present location in Lakeside in Henrico for 81 years, the parish where he met and married his wife Louise and where he raised his family; and

Whereas, he served as superintendent of the Sunday school, vestryman, warden and trustee of the parish as well as delegate to Region XI; and

Whereas, he served as the first president of Region XI; and

Whereas, he was the first layperson to serve as a chalice-bearer in the parish; and

Whereas, he attended church every Sunday without fail until the last few weeks of his life, walking up to the altar rail to receive the Holy Eucharist; and

Whereas, his faithful witness in worship and in service inspired and formed several generations of parishioners at the Church of the Epiphany; now therefore be it

Resolved, that this 217th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia expresses its heartfelt gratitude to God for the life, ministry, witness and friendship of Charles Edward McMurdo, beloved teacher, wise counselor, and friend and mentor to generations of members of the Church of the Epiphany; and be it further

Resolved, that we extend to his family, his parish and his friends, our love, sympathy and prayers; and be it further

Resolved, that this Council directs the Secretary of the Diocese to forward to Sarah McMurdo Fore, Keith McMurdo and Mary McMurdo Griffith a copy of this resolution.

CR-13: Mrs. Mary Elton Saum Jenks
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas,Mary Elton Saum Jenks died July 7, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona; and

Whereas, Mary Jenks was born in Alexandria, Virginia, graduated from Duke University, married Stuart C. Jenks Sr., and they lived for a number of years in North Carolina where she as active in the Episcopal Church; and

Whereas, Mary Jenks and her husband moved to Virginia and became members of St. Mary’s Whitechapel Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Virginia; and

Whereas, Mary Jenks was active in the life of St. Mary’s Whitechapel and in Region II serving at St. Mary’s Whitechapel as a lector, lay Eucharistic minister, as the church’s volunteer choir director for many years, as a member of the St. Mary’s Whitechapel Vestry for several terms, as a lay delegate to Annual Council and as president of Region II for two terms; and

Whereas, she was active in the life of the Diocese of Virginia serving in the following capacities: as a member of the Standing Committee, as a member of the Executive Board for two terms, as a chair of the Church Status Committee, as a member of the Commission for Congregational Mission, and for many years as historian of the Episcopal Church Women for the Diocese; and

Whereas, she displayed great love, dedication and passionate commitment to the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia, giving generously and faithfully of her time and leadership talents to its work and mission; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 217th Annual Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia joins the parish family of St. Mary’s Whitechapel in expressing gratitude for the life and work of Mary Elton Saum Jenks at the parish, regional and diocesan levels of the Episcopal Church she do dearly loved; and be it further

Resolved, that the secretary of the Diocese of Virginia provide a copy of this resolution to her son, Stuart C. Jenks Jr.

CR-14: Mrs. Mary Hedrick Causey
Adopted by Council, text pending final approval.

Whereas, Mary Hedrick Causey departed this life on the Eve of the Epiphany, January 5, 2012 to enter into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of all the saints; and

Whereas, Mary devoted her life in faithful service to her Lord by living fully into her baptismal covenant; and

Whereas, Mary loved her husband, J.P. Causey Jr., to whom she was married for 45 years and unfailingly supported his ministry to the Diocese of Virginia and to the wider Church; and

Whereas, Mary took daily delight in the lives of her two daughters, Beth and Lyn, their spouses, and her two grandchildren; and

Whereas, Mary consistently demonstrated her deep passion for social justice, the environment and peace among all people; and

Whereas, Mary particularly realized her compassion for at-risk children by being a founder of the Parent-Child Development Center in West Point; and

Whereas, Mary carried out her lay ministry at St. John’s, West Point for over 40 years by serving on the altar guild, playing as a substitute organist and coordinating the church’s program to provide meals to the sick; and

Whereas, Mary was prompted to serve on the Committee for Human Sexuality by her utmost respect for the dignity of every human being; and

Whereas, Mary’s ineffable joy and wonder in the splendor of the whole creation and in the beauty of this world inspired her to paint the glory of God’s handiwork; and

Whereas, Mary’s sharp wit and firm resolve caused her to take seriously St. Paul’s admonition in his second epistle to the people of Corinth “not to suffer fools gladly”; and

Whereas, Mary’s tremendous courage and steadfast faith allowed her to end her battle with Lou Gerhig’s disease bravely and gallantly; and

Whereas, Mary’s heart was filed with gratitude for the blessing of family, friends and loving care-givers who surrounded her on every side at the end of her life; now therefore be it.

Resolved, that this 217th Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia extends to her husband, family and friends our thanksgiving for a life well lived as well as our continued love, sympathy, prayers and support; and be it further

Resolved, that this Council directs the secretary to forward to J.P. Causey and his two daughters a copy of this resolution.