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Father Mark Michael’s Installation Service

Bishop Mariann Budde calls Father Mark to St. Francis.






Barbara Heywood and Chris Rigaux present the Book of Common Prayer.
This was the first time Bishop Mariann Budde had installed a rector at St. Francis.







The St. Francis Choir performed Judica Me, Deus, an original work by Gary Davison.
Congregants filled the pews for the ceremony.
A special edition of the church bulletin was made for the occasion.
The wardens, David Tozer and Dexter Ewel, recommend Father Mark to the Bishop.
David Heywood read the daily lesson from Joshua 1:7-9: “…You may be careful to do according to all that is written…”
Allison Michael, seen at Fr. Mark’s right, is also an ordained minister.
Rev. Stuart Dunnan of St. James School, who gave Fr. Mark his first calling, gave the sermon.
Father Mark was joined by (left to right) Bishop Mariann Budde, Father Ted Lewis, and Seminarian Taylor Devine.
Father Mark and Allison have two playful boys.
Bishop Mariann presents a flagon of water to Father Mark, to help her to baptize in the name of the Lord.
Gary Davison (right), as much as anyone, was responsible for the beautiful service.
Father Mark is silhouetted by radiant light from the renovated church.
Gail Feagles read the Epistle from Ephesians 4:7,11-16: “Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”
Many church members presented Father Mark with gifts to help him in his ministry.
At the reception, Karen Schneider, Renita Ford and Missy Beall enjoyed the company as much as the food.
Search Committee Chair, Kathleen Alexander, presents Father Mark with a Bible.
Norma Young and Cherry Smith presented Father Mark with oil to heal us.
The newly renovated church added to the glory of the day.
A  delicious, catered dinner was served in St. Francis Hall immediately following the ceremony.
Seminarian Taylor Devine joined Ellen Tozer, Laurel Behar, and Chris Rigaux for food and fellowship.

On January 8, 2017, Father Mark Michael was installed as the 6th rector, or head, of St. Francis Church.  The Right Reverend Mariann Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC, celebrated the service, joined by esteemed colleagues of Father Mark’s from all walks of his religious life.  To always remember, reflect, and enjoy, here are photos taken by John Troha on the occasion.