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"
Growing up as a child, whenever I heard my mom say “Lord, come for your world…” I knew that one of her children was in deep trouble. It was usually a good idea and time for the offending child to seek a self-imposed exile in his/her bedroom and read a book. I thoroughly believed then that any other choice could have had painful consequences. After all, I remembered what I learned in Sunday school – “…The day of the LORD will bring darkness and not light; it will be a day of gloom, without any brightness” – Amos 5:20. I sure did not want my mom to put out my life’s light. Well, I grew up and realized that my mom’s bluster was intended only to get her children’s attention and have us do the right thing, just as Amos’ warning to the people of Israel was his calling them to a life of righteousness and dignity.
Today, now that I am much older and a little wiser, I have come to learn that the world’s yearning for the coming of the Lord is not about averting any impending catastrophe or even the mythical ruination of our human existence, but rather the prayer that God’s presence, grace and love would own their home in our lives so that the Kingdom of God may be known to us on earth as it is in heaven.
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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