Begun in 1987 with the appointment of the first Diocese of
Florida Committee on Aging by Bishop Frank Cerveny, our Older Adult
Ministry is directed toward offering opportunities for older adults
to strengthen their relationships with others and with God. Two
primary events, offered in alternate years, provide these
opportunities: retreats for older adults and celebrations of
marriages of couples in the diocese who have been wed 50 or more
Programs and Retreats
We have a considerable history of providing programs and retreats
for older adults.
Celebrations of Marriages of 50 or More
We began these celebrations in 2003 to honor those couples in the
Diocese every other year who achieved 50 or more years of married
life . Co-sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Jacksonville
and The Cathedral Foundation, these celebrations consist of a
service of Holy Eucharist and Renewal of Marriage Vows, followed by
a gala reception in the parish hall [complete with finger foods,
live music and cake]. The first celebration occurred at St. John's
Our 2009 celebrations were held at St. John's Cathedral and at
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Tallahassee. Thirty-four
couples participated at the Cathedral and seven in Tallahassee.
The Rt. Rev. Charles Keyser celebrated and The Very Rev. P.
J. Weatherall, Interim Cathedral Dean, gave the sermon at the
Cathedral. The Rev. Dr. Ted Monica preached and celebrated at
2013 Celebration Ceremony and Event
The 6th biannual celebrations for couples in the diocese wed 50
years and more were held concurrently at St. Johns Cathedral in
Jacksonville and Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in
Tallahassee. The events took place April 20, 2013. Bishop
Charles L. Keyser was the celebrant and Dean Kate Moorehead the
homilist at St. John's Cathedral; The Rev. Sudduth Cummings was the
celebrant and homilist at Holy Comforter.
The services of renewal of marriage vows and Holy Eucharist were
followed by receptions in the respective parish halls. A good time
was had by all.
| Older Adult Ministry