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"
In the gospel of Mark, the evangelist’s rendering of the Resurrection story of Jesus goes way beyond a mere historical documentation of a mysterious empty tomb. The challenge issued in his message to those ‘Jesus Seekers’ who came to bewail and moan his crucifixion, was urging them to look beyond His tomb to a new life of hope and freedom. He assured them that though life in the service of this Risen Christ would have its moments of pain and grief, that the joy and reward of being his co-workers in the market place of life would be both fulfilling and life giving. Mark couched this message in the ominous but prophetic voice of a ‘young man’ who stood guard at the tomb of our Lord; “… you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him” – Mk. 16:6b. He then enlivened hope and enthusiasm with the words; “… he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you." Vs.7. In short, Mark’s message to all ‘would-be seekers of the Christ’ is that He does not reside in the lost past of history, but in the current day of our unfolding lives.
I am sure that, like me, you have heard the laments about our changing times; and perhaps have even sometimes joined in with the despairing chorus as we throw our hands up in the air with a downcast spirit. Yet the message of Easter is not about what used to be; it is about what could be, if only we would dwell in its hope. Our Lord reminds us that it is in the very dungeons and grunge of life that He awaits us and seeks our help, for God has no hands but ours. Our Lord reminds us that … "The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few” – Matthew 9:37.
GOD NEEDS YOU!! …A joyous and blessed Easter to you.
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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