l Our Rector
The Season of Lent

From Fr. Israel's pen .... 

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.

St. Philip's Episcopal/Anglican Church
334 MacDonough Street ~ Brooklyn, N.Y.  11233 - 718-778-8700
The Venerable Carver W. Israel, Rector
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"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mine is stayed on thee"

Isaiah 26:3

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.

    Each year as the season of Lent rolls around, I am reminded of the
 old maxim which says, “You’ll never miss the water ‘til the well runs
 dry”. This saying took on special significance for me a few short 
years after I left seminary and became the solo priest in a parish. It 
was not long before I felt the drain of parish ministry, and longed
 for those past years of quietude. I was now up well before daybreak to face a day scintillated with a mixture of pastoral visits, meetings, office work, bible studies, and the daily Eucharist. Most of my days ended late at nights, with me getting home too tired to cook, and exhausted to sleep; and as if I had not learned a lesson, I would get up the next morning only to do the same thing all over again. How I longed for the days of seminary when I would find time for quiet reflection, and the occasional retreats!!! I found it amazing that the very quiet that I spurned back at seminary became the thing for which I yearned most. I ask myself oftentimes these days, “What has changed”?
   You and I have found ourselves caught up in a fast-pace world that demands our constant thoughts and involvement. We have been trained to understand that such is the only route to career advancement and a secured future. This dream-chasing approach to life not only sabotages our social skills, but misaligns the core of our being also. We are troubled by the guilt of stillness and regeneration. My baby brother has a way of admonishing me by saying, “…..You need to stop and smell the roses”.
   The season of Lent calls us to do just that; to stop, to take time for introspection and reflection, to get in touch with our inner being, and to seek to align our souls with the soul of our Creator. Let this be a time when we journey to the desert of our souls to hear the voice of our Divine Creator saying to us, “You are my son/daughter, and with you I am well pleased”. Remember to stop and smell the roses, at least for these forty days of Lent.

God's richest blessings,
Fr. C.