DDG Companion News | January 29, 2019

Scholarship Program for 
Dominican Episcopal Students


For a brochure with details about this scholarship program, click this image.
For over 100 years the
Dominican Episcopal Church has
been nourishing the minds and spirits of  Dominican youth. The Diocese currently  operates 26 schools (whether nursery
schools, primary schools, pre-K to 8 or  pre-K to 12) that serve approximately  6,400 students. Over the past 3 years,  major initiatives have been launched to
improve facilities, update programs,  meet new government standards and  offer professional development activities
to teachers.

The Dominican Development Group assists the Dominican Episcopal schools by collecting donations to support a scholarship program and transmitting those donations securely to the Diocesan office in Santo Domingo. The cost of an annual scholarship is US$350, and donations may be made by credit card or PayPal using the link on this webpage:    http://dominicandevelopmentgroup.org/donate/

Dr. Thomas McGowan, a retired Professor of Education from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and a member of the DDG's Board of Directors, is currently serving as a consultant to the Dominican Episcopal schools and conducts several workshops each year for teachers and administrators. He maintains a lively blog on this mission work, and you can access those blog posts here:  https://mcgowandr.wordpress.com

For more information about the DDG's scholarship program, check out this webpage and this three-panel brochure on that topic.

Dominican children at the Episcopal school in Jarabacoa in October, 2018.

Missioners Are Preparing for 2019 Trips

The missioners from St. Luke's in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Editor's note: This is the season where missioners are preparing for their trips to the Dominican Republic later this year. One of those teams is sponsored by St. Luke's Episcopal Church in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and this team will be based at the Episcopal conference center in Jarabacoa for a week in February 2019. St. Luke's has a long history of sending teams to this location, and in 2005 and 2006 the St. Luke's teams participated in the building of the Episcopal church and school on the grounds of the conference center. The text below, reprinted by permission from a post of the St. Luke's Facebook page, was written by Geo Borgia, a member of the St. Luke's congregation whose wife and daughter participated in this trip in previous years. Mr Borgia will be one of the adult missioners on the 2019 trip. To follow this mission team, check out the church's Facebook page here.

In the next couple of weeks some of these young people will be testing themselves on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. While growing up in church they've heard many life changing stories from those who went before them. Now it is their turn to make a difference and improve a little corner of the world. Their faith will become a hands-on experience rather than a sermon, a lesson or a hymn. In their work they will find out the world is not confined to a seven-inch screen tethered to an outlet. Their experience will not be measured in signal strength or random and faceless likes. But rather it will be measured in the ease of a smile, a hug given. Strength will be seen in helping hands building hope, respect and understanding. All of which requires no batteries, or the latest gadgets, or even surprisingly language translations. They will occur instantly and with simply with just an open heart. These young people will put to use lessons learned in the various rooms of this church, home, or school grounds. For a few of them who spent time in the choir loft these lyrics

"Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart" 

will come to life and they will be able to answer it. On their way to this moment of growth they will ask for your help and support.....after all it takes a village.

Global Episcopal Mission Conference
 in Boca Chica on April 3-5, 2019

The Bishop Skilton Conference Center in Boca Chica.
The Bishop William J. Skilton Conference Center in Boca Chica, about 30 minutes east of Santo Domingo, is the site of the next conference of the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN). The dates are April 3-5, 2019, and conference registration is now open. For reduced registration rates, complete your registration by February 21, 2019. The Dominican Development Group is one of GEMN's partner organizations. For more details on this conference and to register, click here

DDG Board of Directors To Meet in Santo Domingo on February 11, 2019

The office of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo.
The members of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Development Group will hold its next meeting in Santo Domingo on Monday, February 11, 2019. This meeting will follow the 61st annual convention of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic on February 8-9 in the city of Haina, which some of the DDG board members will attend to represent both the DDG and their home dioceses. On Sunday, February 10, the board members present will attend the worship service at Iglesia Episcopal La Transfiguración in Baní, which will feature the dedication of a fire truck donated by the family of DDG Treasurer David Morrow for use in this community.  For more information on this meeting, including a preliminary agenda and some of the documents to be distributed and discussed at this meeting,  click here

As a consortium of the Episcopal dioceses with companion relationships with the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Development Group  assists  the Diocese of the Dominican Republic  with project planning, program development, and construction expertise; raises funds for the diocesan endowment; and coordinates the schedules and the work projects of mission teams from the United States working in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. 

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Contact the DDG:
Office: (813) 400-2722 | Fax: (813) 983-5082
Executive Director: Bill Kunkle | bkunkle@dominicandevelopmentgroup.org
PO Box 272261 | Tampa Florida 33688-2261

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