A major donor has stepped forward to provide the first gift in a $200,000 campaign to cover costs for the second floor renovations at the Episcopal Church Center in Ocean Beach. That floor will accordingly be named The Carroll Center in honor of the Very Rev. James E. Carroll, dean emeritus of St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego.
Some may ask: who is Dean Carroll? Here’s a brief biography in his own words.
“I became the rector of St. Paul’s in 1978, my boyhood parish. We pointed our life and ministry toward being the Cathedral Church of the Diocese, which it was destined to be back in 1949. St. Paul’s became the official cathedral on January 25, 1985 and I was installed as the first dean. When the diocese started in 1973, the Great Hall at St. Paul’s Cathedral served as the worship space. We also had a bookstore and a pastoral office. In February 1983, the Queen of England visited the Cathedral. We had the FBI, the CIA and the police throughout the buildings, checking everything. On the morning of the royal visit, police dogs went through the Cathedral and sniffed every row. Just before the queen pulled up, I heard one security guard say to another security guard, ‘Did you check the mailbox?’ They had to stop everything and search the mail box on the corner of Fifth and Nutmeg. There was no bomb; the queen arrived and worshiped with us. We had Scottish dancers and a young girl presented a nosegay to the queen. The royal visit was a highpoint of my career.”
I have always known myself to be an encourager, helping people recognize the hope and love of God in their lives, as He had shown me. During seminary and later in a hospital residency Clinical Pastoral Education clarified that call for me. I discovered I was at ease talking to new people, offering prayer and […]
On Sunday, September 18, 2022, 52 young people from 7 congregations gathered for an afternoon of fun and games celebrating the kick-off of the youth ministry program year. The article below was written by Nicholas Alcorn, a member of the EDSD Youth Leadership Council and of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church.The Youth Group Games was a […]
As the autumn season begins, many church—and personal—schedules begin to fill up. Days grow shorter and the list of to-do’s only increase as we inch towards forthcoming holidays. Costumes to be made, goodies to bake, presents to be purchased and so on. Considering the busy-ness of the next few months as we approach Advent, here […]