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Fall Newsletter 2011

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  • Fall

    Rector Elected at St. Thomas Episcopal Parish

    The Vestry of St. Thomas Episcopal Parish in Coral Gables recently announced that the Rev. Mario E. Milian, 34, was appointed Rector. Milian, who is the youngest person ever to be called as Rector of St. Thomas, brings a rich background of life experience, education, mission, and diversity to the Parish's leadership position.

    Milian, who came to St. Thomas three years ago as Associate Rector, is a native of Cuba. His theological training for the priesthood began in Matanzas, Cuba, immediately after highschool and continued in Honduras. He completed a B.I.S. at Arizona State University, summa cum laude and received his Master of Divinity degree in Berkeley, CA, at Church Divin-ity School (CDSP). He served Episcopal churches in Arizona and California in positions of Associate Rector and Rector prior to coming to St. Thomas Episcopal Parish.

    Active in the Diocese, Milian hosts the Diocesan radio show Fe y Vida. The Search Committee, appointed last December by the Vestry, undertook a national search under the guide-lines of the Diocese. After an extended search, the Committee recommended Milian. The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, Bishop of the Diocese of Southeast Florida, issued the formal invitation toto Milian to serve as the new Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Parish.

    To say that St. Thomas Parish is fortunate to have Fr. Mario as our Rector is a huge understatement, said Meg Kerr,

    Senior Warden. After nearly a year-long search, it is excit-ing and wonderful to report that he was unanimously recom-mended by the Search Committee and elected by the Vestry and then approved by Bishop Frade.

    Milian summarizes his goals as a priest: "to lead Christ's Church in love and without fear so that it continually grows spiritually and intellectually in its mission in an increasingly diverse world.

    Experienced with missions, Milian worked as the Overseer for reconstruction after Hurricane Mitch for the Diocese of Honduras. At Good Shepherd Church in Arizona, he estab-lished a Day Labor Worker Program. At St. Thomas, he immediately assumed the clergy leadership of the largest outreach program in the history of the parish: a partnership between St. Thomas Church and School with the community ministries of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in little Havana.

    St. Thomas is a church with a 60-year history and the school with a history almost that long. Consistent with Anglican tradition, spiritual formation and education of young minds go hand in hand.

    Milian is married and he and his wife Julie are expecting a baby boy in December. The family will be moving to the church rectory in Coral Gables.

    Auction Chair Christy Veloso, Outreach Members Jane de Cardenas & Massiel Pena with Senior Warden Elect Nikki Suarez & Rector Mario Milian

  • FROM OUR HEAD OF SCHOOLKris Charlton Honored at Parish School Sunday

    Parish School Sunday, celebrated every October, honored Kris Charlton this year for her 10 years of service as head of school at St. Thomas. As a surprise for Mrs. Charlton, the service featured not only the unity of church and school but also enthusiastic expressions of gratitude for the exceptional leadership that she has provided for the last decade as head of school.

    After the processional which included clergy, choirs, altar servers, acolytes, school administration and faculty, Vestry, and School Board, students from St. Thomas School gave the readings and led the responses in the liturgy. From the loft, the voices of the children in St. Thomass special Chapel Choir joined the adult voices of the Parish Choir to create beautiful service music. Throughout the congregation, students in their dress uniforms sat with their parents in the sanctuary where they begin each school day in morning chapel.

    In addition to those features, which are present every year at Parish School Sunday, was the special honoring of Kris Char-lton. Tom Bales, recently retired chair of the School Board, spoke about the extraordinary work that Mrs. Charlton has done at St. Thomas, referring to her as my teacher, in the same way that the faculty are the essence of the learning experience for the students. Following Tom, gifts were presented to Mrs. Charlton by Meg Kerr on behalf of the Vestry, Beth Johnson on behalf of the School Board, and Victoria Hegewisch on behalf of the Parents Association. A citation was read from the Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, Bishop of the Diocese of Southeast Florida, complimenting the fine work

    TOP LEFT: Rector Mario Millian with Head of School Kris Matteson Charlton and her daughter Alison Charlton; TOP RIGHT: ; BOTTOM: Kris Matteson Charlton with Board Chair Beth Johnson and Past Board Chair Tom Bales

    of the school under the administrative leadership of Kris Charlton.

    This part of the ceremony climaxed by each St. Thomas student bringing a rose up to the altar where Mrs. Charlton was seated, creating a bouquet of several hundred roses to surround her. At the very end of the service, the Chapel Choir of children and the Parish Choir of adults stood in a semi-circle at the altar rail and sang the Celtic Blessing as Mrs. Charlton knelt at the altar with her daughter Alison Charlton to be blessed by the Rt. Rev. Calvin Schofield, Jr., retired bishop. The tribute to Kris Charlton was followed by a recep-tion in Rantz Hall.

  • On Friday, October 21, 2011, as part of our previous capi-tal campaign, Realizing the Covenant, the Admission Office was dedicated to Valerie Douberley, Director of Admission for over 25 years. This room was dedicated with love in memory of Caroline Brumbaugh by the Brumbaugh, Newcomm, and Shelfer families.

    Student Council at St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School is made up of student officers from the fifth grade whose mission is to promote service to the community, enhance school spirit and raise money for their outreach projects.

    With great enthusiasm and poise, 32 candidates delivered unique speeches where they each presented their uniquely individual platforms to the third and fourth grade student-body, faculty and parents. The final decision was a very diffi-cult one, as all candidates excelled in the content and deliv-ery of their speeches. It was very obvious that each and everyone of them had what it takes to be a true leader. We thank all of the candidates who ran for office and congratu-late our newly elected 2011-2012 Student Council officers.


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    Student Council Elections

    President: Grant Dill Girls Vice President Amanda Roberts Boys Vice Presdent Justin Lopez Treasurer JoJo Bolduc Secretary Connor Bass Sergeant at Arms John Whiting Chaplain Jacob Murphy Historian Julia Irvin Advisor Fran Rosen

    from the University of Padova, Italy with further studies in Computer hardware and software and computer networking. He was a software engineer/system engineer for ten years and an IT Director for the following ten. He worked in Rome for 7 years for Vitrociset, providing services for the Italian Air Traffic Control, Italian airports, Italian Airforce and the Euro-pean Space Agency. Daniel worked as a contractor for the European Space Agency at the European Space operations Centre (ESOC), participating in the development of space-craft control operating systems for several missions. He speaks Italian, English and Spanish.

    New Technology DirectorSt. Thomas welcomes Daniel Peca as our new Director of Technology. Daniel and his wife Stefania are both from Rome. Married for 18 years, they have a daughter Susanna, age twelve, in the seventh grade at Divine Savior Academy in Doral. They moved to Miami from Darmstadt, Germany in April 2001. Daniel has a degree in Mathematics from


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    Dear St. Thomas Parents, How exciting it is to write as President of The Parent Association and welcome you to our new school year. It is amazing that only 5 years ago my family joined the St. Thomas school community when my daughter Victoria started Sr PK in Ms. Nobles class at only 4 years old. Now she is a year shy of being a Senior! Time

    Carnival Chairs, Associate Head of School Kitty Finneran, and Art Teacher Evans Crews join Carolina Alegrett, winner of the Carnival T-Shirt Design Contest and her family

    Carnival Chairs Carolina Cisneros, Silvia Luna and Carola Mato

    their beautiful home. Thanks to Violeta Perla and Ana Cris-tina Chiossone, Hospitality chairs, for planning all these Wonderful Coffees, STEPS General Meeting/Volunteer Fair and Alumni Day which were huge success as well. We continue with our Wonderful Wednesdays with Cherie Cole coordinating our committees and parents to sponsor the yummy breakfast.

    The STEPS PA is an integral part of the school and an excel-lent source of support to the teachers and administrators. I am so blessed to be working with an amazing group of current and new moms and dads that volunteer to plan, coordinate, execute and staff events and fundraisers that help us fund school programs that provide the best educational experience for our children.

    Erin Bauer, Ana Bru, Jessica Leyva and Laura Marandino put together an amazing Book Fair enjoyed by our students and community (all proceeds going to our St. Thomas library). Over fifty vendors participated in our Fall Bazaar chaired by Katy de Leon and Michelle Canto. Thanks to their hard work we were able to raise $7000 for for Holy Comforter Church and the School/ Homeless Assistance Program.

    Please support our upcoming events