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Episcopal Diocese of Utah

April Newsletter: First Edition

April 14, 2022

Easter Sunday


Liturgical Color is White


People of the Diocese,

We wish you a blessed Holy Week and a most joyous Easter! Please join one of our many churches for your Holy Week and Easter day services, link here to find a church near you!

Additionally, we would like to hear from you about how your community celebrated Easter. Please continue sending any relevant resources or stories to us at communications@episcopal-ut.org

Holy Week around the Diocese 

Bishop Scott B. Hayashi joined The Very Rev. Tyler Dorherty and The Rev. Holly Huff at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark's for Palm Sunday to begin Holy Week. Bishop Hayashi will be attending the Cathedral's Festive Easter Eucharist at 10:30 a.m and All Saints Sudanese Community Easter celebration at 2:00p.m.


Our churches around the Diocese will be holding services throughout Holy Week and on Easter day. To find a church near you to attend, please see our Find a Church page

A Look at Meet & Greet Week 

Last week, the three final candidates for the 12th Bishop of Utah, The Rev. Cn. Dr. Rob Droste, The Rev. Phyllis Spiegel, and The Rev. Cn. Dr. Janet Waggoner, traveled around our state to meet the people of the Diocese.


On Monday, they visited the ECCU to meet the clergy and then the staff. On Tuesday, they hopped on a bus down to St. George to meet and greet the people of Grace Episcopal Church. Wednesday was another travel day to Whiterocks to meet with the people of St. Elizabeth's. Thursday they traveled to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Ogden. They finished the week off at St. Jame's in Midvale. 


A big thank you to our candidates for such a wonderful week! And, of course, a huge thank you to the volunteers that lended a hand to make this week great! 

Adventures on the Bus! 

The Transition Committee made sure the candidates, along with their companions and Shepherds, traveled in both style and comfort! Along for the ride was Standing Committee President The Rev. Lyn Zill Briggs, Kristin Madden and Josie Stone of the Transition Committee, and Craig Wirth and Brianna Lanclos of the Communications Team. 


Special thanks to Nancy Tanner and Russ Pack, co-chairs of the Transition Committee, for the dedicated planning that went into this week. Very special thanks to Kristin and Josie for being gracious bus hosts and ensuring everyone had fun along the way!

Get to Know the Finalists for the 12th Bishop of Utah! 


With just a couple weeks left before Electing Convention, make sure you have gotten to know the finalists, see their profiles at https://utahbishopsearch.org/.

Meet & Greet Video Sessions

The Meet & Greet sessions with the three final candidates for the 12th Bishop of Utah took place around the state of Utah April 4-8. Watch the videos below to see the sessions at each location. Please note, the St. James, Midvale Meet and Greet also has Closed Captioning in both Spanish and English, Los subtítulos en español están disponibles haciendo clic en el botón CC en la parte inferior derecha del vídeo.


Please note, each video has captioning in both Spanish and English. The format for the Meet & Greet sessions was:

  • Four main questions that the candidates knew in advance for preview and reflection. 

  • 1-2 extemporaneous follow up questions per each main question. 

  • All questions (main questions & follow up questions) were different at each location. 

  • For a full list of the main 4 questions, please see here. 


April 6: Session at St. Elizabeth's, Whiterocks



April 7: Session at Good Shepherd, Odgen

(Spanish Translator) 



April 7: Session at Good Shepherd, Ogden



April 8: Session at St. James, Midvale

(Spanish & English Closed Captioning) 


Diocesan Convention & Special Electing Convention 


Diocesan Convention will be held April 29 & Electing Convention will be held April 30. See our convention website for all the details.


Important details and deadlines to note:

  • There are several Diocesan positions open for nomination. Bishop Hayashi and all those who serve our diocesan government deeply appreciate those willing to seek positions that truly do serve in performing God's work. Nominations will remain open until April 22nd. See here to submit a nomination. 

Looking Ahead: The Episcopal Church 80th General Convention


The General Convention of the wider Episcopal Church will take place July 7-14, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. All those attending will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or submit a medical exemption in advance for approval. For full details, read here. Head to generalconvention.org for all the details. 

The Ordination of The Rev. Holly Huff 

Bishop Scott B. Hayashi ordained The Rev. Holly Huff to the Priesthood on Friday, March 25, 2022 at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark. 


As a native Utahn, The Rev. Holly Huff is grateful to serve as a Priest at the Cathedral. She completed her undergraduate studies in sociology and women's studies and then graduated from Yale Divinity School with a Master of Divinity. As well as serving as associate priest, she will assist with the various ministries at the Cathedral. 


The Diocese is honored to have her at the Cathedral and we all look forward to the great ministries she will provide. 

St. Mark's Hospital Celebrates 150 years! 


Craig Wirth, Director of Communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Utah and Kurt Cook, Volunteer Historiographer for the Cathedral Church of St. Mark’s & Episcopal Diocese of Utah discuss what 150 years of caring at St. Mark’s Hospitals means to them, including the immense history of St. Mark’s and a number of interesting historical nuggets.

Learn more about 150 years at St. Mark’s at StMarks150.com.

Join San Esteban/St. Stephen's for a fun celebration of Cinco de Mayo! 


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