The Diocese of Quincy currently has SIX church plants. In the last two newsletters, we introduced St. Mary’s in Chatham, Grace Anglican in Collinsville and Grace Anglican in Lake Forest, IL. This newsletter will acquaint you with St. Barnabas in Oconomowoc, WI and Saint Francis Mission in Harvester, MO.
Saint Barnabas – Rev. Canon Eric T. Raskopf and Rev. Andrew P. Johnson Obl., SB
In July of 2016, after much prayer and discernment, a group of about 30 people gathered to share in the Eucharist and launch Saint Barnabas, a community rooted in scripture, missional in our approach to our community and compassionate to all of God’s children.
Our patron saint is known as the “son of encouragement.” We feel called to carry on his legacy in all that we do reaching out to a broken world with the saving love of Jesus Christ. We come together to know God through His Word in the Scriptures and to experience Jesus Christ in the sacrament of His body and blood. Once nurtured by this experience, we journey out into the world to live into the promises we made in baptism.
St. Francis Mission – Fr. Dan Kinkead (pictured with wife Miki)
Fr. Dan Kinkead and St. Francis Missioncelebrated their first Mass on Sunday, October 11th, 2015 as a church plant in downtown St. Louis.
Fr. Kinkead recently stated: “We are SO blessed to worship in the Christ the King Catholic parish chapel in St. Charles / Harvester, MO. The dear brothers & sisters there came to our aid after we lost our space in Downtown St. Louis. So we have, in many ways, started over and we are re-building in our new community. Yet, we are close enough for folks in St. Louis & St. Charles counties.”
It is their mission to be “hands-on” in bringing love, grace and hope to everyone God places in their path of following and lifting up the name of Jesus. They have an active ministry to the homeless and those marginalized in their community. They sponsor the “Dennis Project” which is an outreach to the LGBTQ community with the gospel and the love of Jesus.