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September 10, 2010 - 4:12pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, Churches, Anglican Community Church, mission.

Pictured above is a recent mission trip in which Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists and Non-Denominationalists helped out the residents of a small Peruvian village suffering from severe poverty.

This missionary group included Fr. Gus Calvo -- second from left in front -- the pastor of Batavia's Anglican Community Church (see January article on his first service).

Having recently returned from this trip, Calvo was happy to share the experience with The Batavian and extend information about the program to anyone in the area who might be interested in next year's trip.

Calvo has been going on these missionary trips -- most of which last about 12 to 14 days -- on an annual basis for the past seven years. It all started when he was working in Honduras under the supervision of another missionary leader.

"My friend and ministry colleague Jeff Miller and I met in Honduras," Calvo said. "Our leader later left that area, so we got together and decided to put together a team each year for mission trips."

They then contacted SAMS -- the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders -- an organization that sponsors various projects in needful areas. All of the missions Calvo has been involved in these last seven years have been acquired through them.

March 12, 2010 - 1:40pm
posted by Karen Clement in batavia, church, Anglican Community Church.
Event Date and Time: 
March 12, 2010 - 1:30pm to March 14, 2010 - 1:30pm

                        Anglican Community Church Formally Welcomes New Priest

 

On Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Bishop David Bena will officiate at  the Institution

of Rev. Gus Calvo at Anglican Community Church. The community is welcome to

attend the service. There will be a reception following the service. Please join us

as we celebrate this joyous occasion. Any questions please call 343-1847 or 344-

January 24, 2010 - 7:00pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in religion, Anglican Community Church.

Fr. Gus Calvo has been all over the place. He was born in Cuba, lived in Spain and Puerto Rico after his parents fled Cuba's Communist dictatorship, and finally settled with his family in Long Island as a child. He has done missionary work in countries like Argentina, Bolivia, Honduras, Nigeria, Peru and Sudan. And now his journey has led him to the Anglican Community Church in Batavia!

Fr. Gus was assigned to the 101 Richmond Ave. church after having served at St. John's Episcopal Church in Stockport. He is no stranger to the area, having lived in Buffalo for two years in the early 1990s and having spent time in Brockport, where he met his wife, Noel.

At the opening of his first sermon this morning, Fr. Gus told the congregation how happy he was to be a part of their community and how much he looked forward to the "good things that God has in store for us."

Fr. Gus said that his overall mission and hope for his pastorate and for the ACC reflects today's gospel reading, Luke 4:14-21.

"Our mission as Christians," Fr. Gus said, "is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, to bring hope to people, to really live out our call as people of faith and to discern our identity as children of God."

His lively, enthusiastic and highly personal first sermon made a clear impression on the parishioners, one of whom called him "a welcome addition to our community."

Fr. Gus attributes his worship and life styles - including how he relates to others - to what he calls a "sacramental" view of the world.

"My faith helps me to see God's presence in the world and in other people," he said. "To me people are not just beings who exist for no reason -- they matter. And my goal is to reflect the inward grace of God to them in my life."

Anyone interested in the mission and activities of the ACC may visit their website by clicking on the ad featured on the left-hand margin of The Batavian's home page.

January 16, 2010 - 2:49pm
posted by Karen Clement in batavia, Churches, Anglican Community Church.
Event Date and Time: 
January 16, 2010 - 2:35pm to January 24, 2010 - 10:00am

Anglicans Welcome New Priest and Family

The Anglican Community Church in Batavia will welcome Rev.

Gus Calvo as their new priest. Father Gus' first service will be

on Sunday, January 24th, at 10:00 a.m. Please join us and

get to know this great man and his family. 

The service is held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church

January 16, 2010 - 2:46pm
posted by Karen Clement in batavia, Announcements, Churches, Anglican Community Church.
Event Date and Time: 
January 20, 2010 - 12:00pm to January 24, 2010 - 10:00am

Anglicans Welcome New Priest and Family

The Anglican Community Church in Batavia will welcome Rev. Gus Calvo

as their new priest. Father Gus' first service will be on Sunday, January 24th,

at 10:00 a.m. Please join us and get to know this great man and his family. 

The service is held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 101 Richmond Ave.

October 9, 2009 - 9:30am
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, religion, Anglican Community Church.

bishop_bena.jpgIt's been a good year for the Anglican Community Church in Batavia. Several months ago, the congregation was accepted as a member of the Convocation of Anglicans of North America (CANA), and to top it off, this month the church is hosting a VIP.

That would be Bishop David Bena.

The local Anglican church was established in 2004 and since then, its goal has been to become a member of CANA. And so sanctioned, it now has oversight by bishops, much to the Anglicans' delight.

"After being in sort of limbo, to become members of CANA, it is a great joy to have Bishop Bena come so far to meet us," said parishioner Onolee Grower. "It is a strong visible sign of our inclusion into a wonderful church. Knowing there is a real person --  not just a name at some distant place -- to turn to for guidance and help is a real comfort."

Parishioner Terrey Lee agrees that Bena's visit marks a milestone.

"It is a great pleasure as well as a great honor to have his presence known in our church," Lee said. "This visit marks, for us, an inclusion into a large family of Anglicans across North America.

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