On sunny February 7th in Quincy, IL, Bishop Morales dedicated St. John’s as the Cathedral of the Diocese of Quincy, restoring that honor and function back to the original cathedral location.
In addition, the bishop ordained to the priesthood Fr. David Byer and Fr. Dan Kinkead in front of a large crowd, including those who traveled from metro St. Louis, the Chicago area, and northern Wisconsin to celebrate the historic and joyful day. See below to read statements from the new priests and get to know them better.
In Their Own Words
Father Dan Kinkead
Miki & I live in St. Louis, MO. I have worked, for the past 22 years, for the State of Missouri Department of Mental Health. Where I have cared for & now fiscally manage living arrangements for people with various developmental disabilities. Miki & I are also House Parents for a man with disabilities (Jamie), in our home.
We began St. Francis Anglican Mission 4 years ago. Our work is truly “Ministry on the Margins”: We have a homeless outreach that collects & distributes “bags of hope” (a gallon sized zip lock bag with toiletries, candy, pop-top foods, like span & Vienna Sausages, soap, toothbrushes & a bible & or a Gospel message handout).
We also minister at a local Homeless Day shelter & we are now doing fundraising projects to help them remodel their restrooms; the ONLY 2 bathrooms, in all of downtown St. Louis, where the homeless men, women & families are freely welcome. I also hold a weekly prayer vigil at the local Abortion Clinic, where we offer help, hope, medical support, housing & prayer to the women & families going into the clinic. We then follow these women to assure they get the support they need to keep their babies alive.
We also have our “Dennis Project” outreach, where we share the hope & peace of the Gospel with the local LGBTQ community; meeting them at local LGBTQ events, “pride” gatherings & areas of town frequented by these dear people. I have been teaching a Friday evening Bible study for the past 4 years where we focus on the “Essentials of the Christian Faith”. That group has grown to 15-20 regular attendees.
Finally, we have been offering Morning or Evening Prayer, but will begin a weekly Mass, starting 2/22 @ 2pm, this will meet in our home, for now.
What did my ordination mean to me personally? Ordination was a humbling experience! Being ordained a Deacon was a call & a confirmation from God to me that “Ministry”, Especially “ministry on the margins” was where my life’s focus was supposed to be. But, to be blessed with ordination to the Priesthood makes my work even richer; in that offering the sacraments, absolution of sin & God’s blessing will help me, even more, “be the hands of Christ”, as Blessed Mother Theresa Said, “stretched out to a lost & hurting World”. My focus lately, has been on study & learning the “practical priest-craft” necessary to be an effective priest. I now get to put that learning & focus into practice, as we work to plant a loving & Gospel-focused Anglican Church, by the power of God & in the name of the diocese of Quincy, in St. Louis.
Father David Byer
Debbie and I live in Troy IL. In ministry, I am starting up St Joseph’s Anglican Mission church in Springfield IL. I assist when needed at Christ Anglican Church in O’Fallon. I provide pastoral care, worship and fellowship at Villas of Holly Brook assisted living facility in Chatham IL. I also assist the chaplain at Memorial Hospital in Belleville IL.
What’s next for me is I plan to continue to grow in my current ministries and especially focus my work on building God’s Kingdom and a flourishing Anglican church in Springfield. Additionally I expect to work hard in my deanery and diocese however Bishop Morales directs me.
My ordination means that God has started me on a new journey with a whole new life and set of new gifts to equip me. Debbie and I felt the hand of God blessing and confirming in us what we have waited our whole lives to begin. Saturday felt like we relived our wedding day. Words cannot express my profound gratitude, praise and awe for the grace God filled me with through my ordination.