February 2nd, 20178:10 pm
The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, Bishop Provisional of Bethlehem, has appointed the Rev. Fran Hlavacek, Deacon, to Trinity Church, Easton effective February 1, 2017.
Previously, Fran served her home parish Good Shepherd/St. John’s in Milford, Pennsylvania since her ordination on November 1, 2011. Prior to that she interned at Grace Church, Honesdale.
She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work through Briar Cliff University. She is also completing a program in spiritual direction through a program called Oasis. Fran says, “I find both topics very interesting, satisfying and needed.”
When she is not studying, she enjoys cooking (baking not so much!), yoga, hiking and kayaking. She says she also looks forward to the day “that I can read books on which I will not be tested.”
In describing herself she says, “I like to think of myself as an environmentalist, and several parishioners in my previous parish called me the ‘tree-hugger hippie deacon.’ I wore that title with pride!”
A deacon exercises “a special ministry of servanthood” directly under the bishop, serving all people and especially those in need (BCP, p. 543). This definition reflects the practice of the early church, in which deacons were ordained “not to the priesthood but to the servanthood [diakonia] of the bishop” (Hippolytus, Apostolic Tradition).
In the liturgy, deacons proclaim the gospel, lead (or introduce) intercessions, and prepares the Eucharistic table. The recent revival of the order of deacons as a full and equal order of ministry has emphasized the Biblical and Early Church’s emphasis on their particular ministry of care and service to the poor, the outcast, the sick, and those in special need. A deacon also has a teaching and prophetic role because they bring to the attention to all members of the Church the needs, hopes, and concerns of the world.
Deacon Fran will work with the Mission and Outreach Committee, the Ark Soup Kitchen, and share in the liturgy and preaching. Her dog Hailey lives with her in Forks Township. “I’m inspired and happy to meet the fine folks here at Trinity,” Fran says.
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