The early Easter of 2016 means an abbreviated Epiphany season, which for us here in downtown Mobile means an early Mardi Gras season with much activity and many events here on Parade Route A. By now you will have noticed the beginnings of construction on the Mardi Gras Park on the empty green space in front of Christ Church Cathedral. This welcome addition to an increasingly vibrant downtown will provide us with a new “front yard,” along with possibilities for exciting developments in our ministry as a downtown presence. We will begin to consider some of these opportunities in our annual meeting on January 31.
Our ministry as the Cathedral of the diocese will be active during January. At the Bay Lights fundraising weekend for Beckwith Camp and Conference Center, one of the silent auction offerings was a parade party for fifty people here at the Cathedral. One generous Cursillo group will be enjoying our hospitality for the year’s first parade, the Conde Cavaliers, on Friday, January 22. On Sunday, January 24, we will host a Regional Diocesan Pre-Convention meeting in the afternoon. And then on Sunday, January 31, the Cathedral EYC will host a Diocesan Youth Event during the Neptune’s Daughters parade.
You will see a full month of Cathedral Music Epiphany Season Concert Series offerings, as well as a busy schedule of youth activities and more in this Messenger. You will also find a comprehensive listing of the many events and activities that will be occurring here on campus during the next two months. These ministries are supported by your positive response to our 2016 stewardship campaign, for which I am thankful.
As you will hear at our annual meeting later this month, 2015 was an exceptionally exciting year of activity and growth here at Christ Church Cathedral. Your February Messenger will contain the full texts of the annual reports given at this meeting. 2016 promises to be equally exciting—in new ways! Your prayers, presence, and active support will be more important than ever in this New Year. I thank God every day for the Cathedral Family and pray for His blessing on our ministry in His Name. I hope that each of you will do the same.
The Very Reverend Beverly F. Gibson, Ph.D., Dean