2016 ECM Mission Trip to Costa Rica — Painting & Playing Power!

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Blessings to all in Easter Week! Here is the latest update with pictures of our ECM students with working hands & hearts at the school in Costa Rica as they are making resurrection happen in being the blessing of Christ, and being blessed by the same in the children, teachers & hosts. Thanks to Hannah for the latest news from sunny and warmer Costa Rica!


With gratefulness, in peace always,
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+

Dear Father Paul & St. Thomas,

Hola! Day 3 in Costa Rica is complete, and today we wrapped up our work at the Escuela Hogar Episcopal.  We finished some painting jobs and disassembled a flowerless flower bed, giving the children some more color and space to play in their home away from home. We’ve discussed as a group that it’s been very satisfying to have sore muscles and paint-covered hands after a long day of work with such visible results. We also got to enjoy one of the teacher’s grateful smiles seeing her newly-painted classroom, and more of us played with some of the children today. As we tossed balls and shared smiles the language barriers diminished and it was not long before a class of students shared their English singing songs for us!

No need to worry about us being comfortable and well-fed. It’s Costa Rica’s “dry season” here, so we’ve been avoiding any rain, and the highest the temperature climbs is around 80 degrees, but always with a breeze. We’re fed beautifully-seasoned, generously-portioned meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we’re always surrounded by the good company of each other, the Bishop, or Sarah and Kate (our guides here).

I’ve attached some of the pictures we snapped today. Tomorrow we’re off to another school with similar-aged children, and I’m looking forward to be meeting some new people and serving a new community. Please continue to pray for us and especially for the people we’re serving, that we may know how to best support them and show them God’s love!

Abroazos y Besos (Hugs & Kisses),
Hannah Watts

2016 ECM Mission Trip to Costa Rica

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Blessings to all in Eastertide days, our resurrection happening living!

2016 ECM Mission Trip to Costa Rica
ECM has landed safely in Costa Rica, and has begun their work with the people of the diocese and schools in San Jose! The following is first report from ECM President Catherine Morse, along with pictures of their Easter Day celebrations at Church of the Ascension, and then out to the fresh air market for natural cocktails!!! Continue to hold them all in your daily prayers that God’s lovely work in the world, people together, will be a blessing through them and a blessing to them!


With gratefulness, your servant in Christ,

Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+


Hi Father Paul,

Just keeping you updated! ECM had a great day yesterday. We went to the market first thing in the morning for some breakfast that included coconuts, mangos, and other tropical foods. We then went to Ascension Church for Easter service which was very nice. We then went to downtown San Jose to have a late lunch, which was quite delicious, followed by some shopping in the artisan market, and we finished our trip with churros. We were all extremely tired when we got back such that we went to bed before 10 pm haha but that was good because we got up early this morning to start work which you will be hearing about from Hannah (I believe). Hope all is well with you and St. Thomas back home and looking forward to seeing you all again.


Ann Urinoski ordained as Deacon

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Deacon Cecily, Deacon Ann, Father Paul

Father Paul and Deacon Cecily attended the ordination of Deacon Ann Urinoski. Ann was an active member of ECM while a student at the University of Delaware. She was the president of ECM her junior and senior year. Ann is in her last year of seminary at The General Theological Seminary, in New York

Ann spent a year in South Africa with the Episcopal Service Youth Corp. She was ordained at the Cathedral in Trenton, New Jersey on December 16, 2015