Fr. Israel's Biography
The Reverend Carver W. Israel began serving as Rector of St. Philip’s on Palm Sunday, April 1st, 2007. Prior to coming to New York, he served parishes in Philadelphia, PA., Memphis, TN., Camden, N.J., and parishes in the Caribbean.
Reverend Israel was ordained a Deacon in May, 1983, and to the priesthood in December, 1984. He married his wife Suzette Munroe in July, 1987, and together they have three children.
Reverend Israel embraces his call by God to be a “parish priest”, and sees the pastoral care of all parishioners as of paramount importance. He maintains that God’s mission for the Church lies beyond its four walls of worship space; extending out to the irreligious and the destitute.
"Father C.", as he is fondly called by some parishioners, seeks to draw every parishioner into a profound and discerning relationship with God. At the center of his teaching is earnest Bible Study, Christian Education through Sunday School, and programs which emphasize youth ministries in the Church.
Reverend Israel is always approachable, and makes time for everyone at anytime.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mine is stayed on thee"
Last month’s presidential election of November 8th has left many persons around the world dumbfounded. The questionings of the election’s mind-boggling result run the full gamut of “Why are you surprised”? to “How could such a thing happen”? The election’s consequential emotions are those of jubilation, anger, a sense of triumph, a sense of fear, a sure confidence in tomorrow, but also great doubts about the nation’s future. I have not been around long enough to recall a time in America’s history when two presidential candidates, with very divergent perspectives on our nation’s governance, were able to pit its people, one against the other, with such venomous rhetoric. This in itself has left us all with one common emotion – “Hope”. How do we find our way out of this conundrum?
The expression, ‘… not reinventing the wheel’ holds much significance for me here. I am propelled back to a period in Israel’s history when internal political wrangling and impending international conflicts threatened, and eventually destabilized the nation. The inner political turmoil of the sixth and fifth centuries BCE had increased Israel’s vulnerability among its surrounding nations. The nation that was once strong and powerful had yielded itself to destruction. However, thanks be to God; that was not the end of their story, because concurrent to this vision of hopelessness was the unrelenting message of hope from the prophet Jeremiah.
“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’” - Jeremiah 33:14-16
It was this hope of Jeremiah that became the hope of a people, and called Israel to introspection. It was this expressed hope of the prophet that caused Israel’s leaders to seek the peace of Jerusalem, and concord with its neighbors. It was the collected hope of a nation that taught them to care for the least in their midst, and the well-being of all.
It is not my fear that America has become, or is becoming a vulnerable nation. On the contrary, I am persuaded that this nation is presently experiencing the clarion call of God, sensitizing our people to the common humanity of which we must share with each other – a humanity not lost; but in the process of being fulfilled. May this be the untiring hope for us as a people of God, and the unstinting work of those who are called to lead.
“Come, Lord Jesus”!!!
St. Philip's Episcopal/Anglican Church
(The Diocese of Long Island)
Reverend Carver W. Israel, Rector
The Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano, Diocesan Bishop
St. Philips Episcopal /Anglican Church | 334 MacDonough Street | Brooklyn, NY 11233
Martin Hall/Church Office | 265 Decatur Street | Brooklyn, NY 11233
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