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Making my way to Emmaus
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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"
Isaiah 26:3

There is a finality associated with death that has always troubled me. A popular understanding of death is that once the deceased person has been laid in the tomb, that the act of interment not only closes the chapter on the person’s life; but concludes the book on that person. The expectation is that the rest of life must now go on seamlessly, while the deceased becomes a faded memory. Cleopas and his friend knew the drill, and so they left Mount Calvary to make their way back home to Emmaus – Luke 24:13-32. Did anyone notice their pain of loss? Did anyone care? Dare they speak about it? Although the pragmatism surrounding death and dying has softened over the years, our cultures and societies still seek to determine the duration of our grief.

The very appearance of Jesus to these two men on their way home to Emmaus cemented for them that Jesus was not a fading memory, but rather someone who is alive, and still has the power to touch and transform the lives of humankind. The experiential encounter with their post resurrected Lord and Friend propelled them back to the place of his execution where they unabashedly boasted that even though his body was destroyed, the power of his Spirit reigned. It was their powerful testimony, and those of others who had like encounters with this living Lord, that gave birth and life to the witnessing Church.

Today, as the faithful people of The Resurrection, the Church finds itself being bombarded by the pressures of secularism. The thirst of society to commercialize our religious traditions, and cliché our faith, sometimes puts us on the road to Emmaus with a downcast spirit. These things however, must never herald the demise of our faith journey, but instead be seen as God’s personal invitation to us for a faithful encounter with the risen and ascended Lord. It is only after we have made our way into this holy presence of God that we will be able to proclaim joyfully and confidently, “The Lord is risen indeed. Come let us adore Him”

May the joy and blessings of this holy Easter be yours forever.

  Fr. C.
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