Community of the Gospel Announces New Leaders

The Community of the Gospel
Posted Jun 11, 2021

The Community of the Gospel (CG), an ecumenical non-residential religious community in standing with The Episcopal Church, has named three members to top leadership roles.

Br. Michael-Jude Mortimer, CG, of Nassau, Bahamas, is the new CG Deputy Guardian.  Mortimer is a lay minister at Holy Cross Anglican Church, Nassau, where he assists with liturgical, evangelistic and educational activities, including Scouts.  He had prior experience with Benedictine monastic expression.  Expressing satisfaction with Br. Michael-Jude’s appointment, the Rt. Rev. Laish Boyd, Bishop of the Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands remarked:  “I know that he will do well.”  The new Deputy Guardian’s term of service runs until March, 2024.

Joining Mortimer on the Council is Br. Thanasi Stama, CG, of Lancaster, OH.  Stama has been associated with the Community of the Gospel since 2015, having prior experience with Orthodox monastic practice.  He is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster where he is active  in pastoral care, liturgy, and property maintenance.   He maintains active connections with St. Ephrem’s Malankara Orthodox Church in Sunbury, OH.  Stama’s term of office concludes in March of 2024.

Mortimer and Stama replaced Br. John Charles Westaway of Palm Springs, CA and Sr. Margaret Black of Indianapolis, IN.

Dr. Marsha Robinson, Nov/CG, has been named Editor of the Bell Tower, the quarterly publication of the Community of the Gospel.  A member of Christ Episcopal Church, Dayton, OH, Robinson is Assistant Teaching Professor of World History at Miami (OH) University.  She writes and publishes regularly in her field.  Just recently she concluded a term as President of the Ohio Academy of History. Robinson succeeds Br. Julian Ozana Arconti of Stafford, VA as Bell Tower Editor.

Commenting on these new appointments, Br. Daniel-Chad Hoffman, CG Guardian, observed:  “Br. Michael-Jude, Br. Thanasi, and Nov. Marsha are  the right persons to help the Community of the Gospel journey into an exciting future of faithfulness to our charism of prayer, study, and service.  They evidence the best characteristics of traditional monastic expression. They are also attuned to contemporary cultures, trends, and struggles.”

The Community of the Gospel was founded in 2007.  It claims twenty-eight professed, novices and postulants as well as twenty-four Friends of the CG in the United States, the Bahamas, and South Africa.