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St. John's Episcopal Church
1190 N. Forbes St.
Sunday Services 10 a.m.
St. John's is a visible, welcoming family of Christ,
resolved to deepen our relationship with God.
The presence and ministry of The Episcopal Church in Lake County since 1877.
Fr. Leo M. Joseph, O.S.F., celebrates his 40th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood Easter Sunday, April 20.The community is invited to celebrate with Fr. Leo, his friends, and church parishioners following 10 a.m. services Sunday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1190 N. Forbes Street in Lakeport.
A native of New York, Fr. Leo entered a Mariavite Old Catholic Franciscan religious order in New York City in 1970 and received his Franciscan habit two years later.
After studying for the priesthood in the Franciscan order in New York and Canada, Fr. Leo was ordained priest in Montreal by Reverend Thomas J. Fehervary, the Mariavite Old Catholic bishop of Budapest living in exile.
Fr. Leo relocated to San Francisco in 1979 and, after several months on a teaching project in Nigeria, began working with elderly shut-ins under the auspice of a Syro-Chaldean monastic community. At this time, he studied the theological and liturgical traditions of that branch of Christianity.
In 1985, he arranged to purchase property in Kelseyville, which is now Little Portion Hermitage. He and two lay Franciscan brothers relocated to the property in 1989, where Fr. Leo designed and built the Oratory of Saint Georges.
His first formal contact with St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lakeport was 1990. This led to his being received into the Episcopal Church as a life professed religious in 1995 and then as a priest in 1997. He was named St. John’s priest-in-charge in 2009.
Fr. Leo has nurtured his love of art, architecture, history and good food by extensive travel in Europe where he has many close friendships. He maintains close ties with the Old Catholic Church in the Netherlands and made two pilgrimages to Assisi, the city of St. Francis, and to Plock, Poland, the location of the original Mariavite monastery.
For the past three and a half years, Fr. Leo has been living with an incurable cancer. Originally given three months to live, he has been in the loving care of Hospice Services of Lake County. Now as one of their longest lived patients, Hospice has enabled Fr. Leo to continue to minister to his devoted parishioners, despite his increasing disability. This Sunday's celebration of gratitude marks both the completion of 40 years ministry and the fact that he is still here to celebrate with us.
Opportunity to serve St. John’s: If you’re friendly and frequent thrift stores, perhaps you’re just the person to volunteer in the Basement Boutique Thrift Shop. Volunteers are needed, especially to help sort the overstock. Even an hour or two would be appreciated. If you’re interested, leave a message for Ginger Ingersol, manager, at (707) 245-3147.
A new Tuesday Pilates class at 1 p.m. is added to St. John’s Episcopal Church wellness program. Classes will be held every week except for the last Tuesday of the month. Ongoing Thursday classes are at 9 a.m. in Carey Hall, 1190 N. Forbes Street, Lakeport.
Pilates instructor Tina Woelbling-Hamner focuses on re-educating movement patterns for efficient and functional everyday movements.
Additionally, movement classes with yoga instructor Michelle Duguay are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30-11:45.
All classes are offered on a donation basis. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Students are encouraged to bring their own mats.