On Thursday morning, June 11, we celebrated the Feast of St. Barnabas, Apostle and Martyr. Father Jon Robbins celebrated while I gave a reflection on the patron saint of the day, Barnabas, the Son of Encouragement, the Son of Consolation. During the week, our biblical readings have been focusing on the marks of mission. However, on this day, the readings for the Feast of St. Barnabas were used. I remarked that though this was not the original intention, it is a joy that during the week that we are always engaged in missionary work, we celebrate the Feast of one of the church’s greatest missionaries, St. Barnabas. Knowing what it meant to be a missionary, Barnabas was the one who was instrumental in going to Tarsus to find Paul, once called Saul, and brought him to Antioch where they both taught a great many “Christians,” a name that was first given to them at Antioch (Acts 11:19-30).
Belize Mission 2015 – Day 6
About the Author: The Reverend Dr. Anthony B. Holder
The Rev. Dr. Anthony B. Holder is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Southeast Florida, serving as the Third Rector of Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church, Pembroke Pines, Florida. Born in Barbados, Father Tony, as he is commonly called, has served as a priest in Barbados, Illinois and now Florida. Prior to entering seminary, he was a graphic artist and an Art Teacher at a high school in Barbados. While in the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, he served in a number of positions including as Spiritual Director of Happening and Church Camp, Regional Dean, Standing Committee President, and a Clerical Deputy to General Convention. In the Diocese of Southeast Florida, he served as a member of the Commission of Social Justice and Immigration, and a member of the Search Committee for the Bishop Coadjutor and Fourth Bishop of Southeast Florida. Dr. Holder and his wife have two children. They enjoy traveling, spending time together, and being with family and friends. Personally, Father Tony enjoys Art, reading, tennis, and physical exercise.