Iglesia Episcopal Santo Tomas Apostol
Iglesia Episcopal Santo Tomas Apostol
Bo. Martin Gonzalez Carr. 860 Km. 1 Apartado 757, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00630
Rdo. P. Jorge J. Rivero, Vicario
To the riembers of Christ' s Body, the Church, in the Miss ionary District
of Puerto Rico, Greeting:-Grace,
Mercy and Peace be mu tiplied
To- da y marks an era of progress
in our work , Ive are assernb ed in
convocation for the first time" to perfect the organization of our for=
ces; not only for the sake of further advance, but a so for the sake
of carrying out the law and principle of ecclesiastical
ife in virtue
of wh i.chwe are not a llere group of individuals, but a family;
mere cluster~of segregated parishes and missions, having no mor0 cohe~
sion than the dead timbers and fragments of wood that happen to have
been piled up or thrown together haphazard;
but as "a tree planted by
the wat er-s Lde? , wherof each Parish and Mission is a living br-anch , some
larger~ some smallerp each made up of individuals who are as the twigs
that bear the fruit all deriving their life throul"2:thhe trunk which is
the Holy Church, through which we are joined to
David: and that Root and Stem is Christ.
ween dead timber and the living tree; that the
fruit in due season", as the Psa Lrnlst :says, and
er", as he further observes.
the Root and Stern of
is this difference het~
tree "bringeth forth her
"its eaf sha 1 not wh i t h-
In the Church thus organized every part is interested in every
ther part. T'Tobranch can prosper without adding to the beauty and fruitfulness of the who Le tree, no new twig can be added w Lthout; en t st Lng
the sympathetic interest of all the existing branches.
~'o part can suffer through misfortune or through the lack of vita connection with
the Root, without
in so far forth enfeebling
the tv-holet ree .
ich we sha 1 i here adopt, it must be inventIn
the Church in Puerto ~icop we are not pc arbered, we are not creat ing
He are s irnp
. ~ . v'e eXl·Rted from the day
, Wl1lCll na
ing the principles which already
the Laws or canons
a feeble mission was p l.ant e
in the r own of Ponce f some
~other C urch of :::ngland;
pr i nc i.p es \;'J ri.ch 'Tlav have
gr'owt h , the
I know ful
but a sacrifice
need anel opportunity
months in the
IT'yse f from the
pr tnc lo e
and co onial
has heen generous,
of t t e work have now to be rev tevert'tlay GOr]
who have he Lperl me, and have not
of my appeal.
ar- o s serrt t a
from one en
and from city
'""he r hr-ee "i8s-
Goo , aDO ask Him to
to whose fi-
aye g:Lm.;ni'1 sr r=r-e 'rt ,
w i Ll.Lng , and the results
to which I have been appointed,
go from parish
, in the
in making known to people
has made it
t h 1.S
wor-k was e nt r'us i
which no one man alone
and zr owth , T thank
have hecome ten
'lot have happened
whi ch we f i.nd ou se Lve s to-day
h ar8 thp
in acknov Iedg i.ng my ob l.i gati0n.
of many -nernbe r s .
and on y two,
whi.ch I found here
to do two things
an amount of rietail
not ha e been reached
years _ _s i (1Ce t he ca re-:
has been necessary
essent La I of f'ut ure progress.
and a half
wa s a suff" cient
1, at t.e cost
r urn=o away
of a w l Tl i ng sacrifice
een enabled to do the
hut a s a cr i«
fo lowing ne-
out wi t
t he rof
I L not
and make public
ado re s se s in the
va i.ous ip>arish-
of a total
of wh i ch has
Board of \1is8 ions
my habit never under any ircumswithout
some such safeguard,
Lnc Ludi nc the
I i.co , not
f'o Tl ows r
:::quipme'1t Fund has
Board of Missions
and on my own notes,
ced by the
C. Thomas of Philadelphia,
gat ne re d , every
f i gure s , some $12,000.
I came to
of r'a t
summer, more than
and s of the
IKept a strict
have made, each
had no vacation
has made it
cu Lar-s , publish
of $4, 000
ot he rwi.se des ignated.
J he 1Leve there
that form of ex~inguishmpnt
of some $1,500.
summer I succeeded
in. paying from the i::quipment Fund $2,oon
of 'l1Y persona
from a generous
to me by the
in San Juan,
or wh i ch I harrowed
as a legacy
which was loaned
many of lTIypersonal
in t ,le States
have heen the donors.
r h i.s bu i Ldi.ng its architect
ire and details,
were the su ject
t t i.ns
the t'o-vo''learv years \v L e ''Ie V\
stu d y durLng
t the respon"
p i re on t he house \'lh l l'
it be i na
and the criticisms
whi ch this
due to the Vestry
not im accordance
ed to its erection
to state that the type of architecture
with the w i she
of the majority,
hav i ng conSAnt"under protest and in deference to my wi.shes .
Thus, to continue the history of the Equipment Fund, we re expended
toward the casto of the erection of this curch a out $12,000.
In necessary repairs of All Saints Church, Vieques, and in t"he ptIrchase of a building that wa s being erected on land adjacent to the church,
For the purchase of a lot adjoining Church property in Ponce, which
will forever prevent the shutting out of light and ventilation, by making
the Church property face on three streets w i t h a park on the sou h side.
the Equipment Fund has supplied $4,000.
In the purchase of land and erection
Rio Piedras, about $7,000.
In the cost of raising the money of the 'Squipment Fund, I have
spent some $1,500.
There is on hand an unexpended balance,
of the Board of Hissions1 of about $2,500. -
i~ith this ba lanee I am in possess ion of a be z i nn i.nz towar a numher
of enterprises 0 rrference to wh i.chv7i11 be made later on.
have at the present time t"he f o l LowLng points at wh i ch we are
holding services f either in the form of Parish organizations, or as
the order of their ages)
(1 try to falla,,,,
Rev. vm. 1\fatson,Rector;
Ponce, Church of the Holy Trinity.
Re. Leonard Read, Assistant.
Bean, Minister in cnarae
Vieques, All Saints Church.
ev . T'alter 'Aitchel ,
San Juan, Church of St; John
Puerta de Tierra,
P'Laya , St.
Fonce , ('ivest e nd
ter in Charge;
Rev. Wm. l~7atson
Geo. L. 'Te son.
a s s Ls t Lns; ,
1'101. \ryatson, Minister
fv1iss tv!.· L. Fordham, Teaching
Mayaguez, St. Andrew's !'-.lission.
Rev. Ivm. fatson,
a s s Ls r anr ,
David .rJ. Band,
lJe have tree
':i5S ion Schoo Is,
ar t sh Schoo Is,
Teache r , nSS Ls t ed hy Do ores
of 75 chi dren.
In the parish
of t e Holy Trinity,
Qui fione s
and ~1iss Sarh Davidson,
having 50 pupils.
Mi.ss Minnie 1,. Fordham, Teacher,
wi r h an
of 30 children.
point a night school
has also been held the past wintPr wit"h some 25
makes an appropriation
of a litle
founds of the Board being insufficient
to the payment of sa arips,
for the acquirement
by us in Puerto
more t an $10,000 a year.
is the reason why it is necessary
for the Bishop
in quest of funds for the equipment and extension
work in Puerto
to RO north each
of the (;"1urch.
ve sr ed in the
e use of the
-6The funds of the Board of ~issions
of ~he Parishes,
its ability an
to an esti ate of
For the first time, this Missionary
into a share of this privilege,
from the selera
I see by a recent
wi~h a sys~em of apoortionment,
is asked to contrihute
is asked th"s year to coroe
are d8rived main y from the con-
thc items of appropriation
Dishop a discretionary
and to.mak~ a
s, of $50.
report of the Board, has nearly a.
for the work here, t e Board grants to the
fund of $400 a year.
With this fund various
of the Hissions and Schools have
Under the Bishop's house at
Rf'o Pedras, I have ha
wha t I call an Episcopal carpenter shop.
carpenter there has made, from des igns w ieh I gave him the pas r w lnter ,
some fourteen art icles of Churc
f'u r-t i.t.u.re
, t nc Iu iog a tars, Iccr erns I
Prayer desks. etc. The cost has been about seventy co lars, and ~he valuE"
i1<e S2()O, effecting thus a saving to t he l'~issionsan the Bishop's d t screr Lonar'y fun
v i.ew of the fact that the Boar
in its revenues
of \:i8sions is fa 1.rg
to about $ 25,00
are raised by contibutions
of Paris ies wh i have
the larger Par" shes of the Church do not contri~lte
it is incumbent
as r ne fact r ha+
, as we I
for and in view of the further
h , t he buLk o-F the revenue
a d<..-f ~ Le ncy
fa t that somp
on us who enjoy the benefits
t te i r own
of thpir saeriftce1
work along toward a mesure of self-fupport as radidly as eircu~stances
will a t low.
I an happy to believe that this is be i.r
g done in some of t he
Iuan i and I 1,-/01 ri not
ions and Par1.snes j
nus one J In
be thought to ignore it in reminding you that the sooner Ne c9ase.to ~e
OC tho oour.t y of the
hurch.J t ,e sooner ,\"i .•.l other pa rr s 01
the f i.eLd be reached that are qu i t e as needy as we , ar-o that the +oac
that leads to self-support
e road to 5e1f-r spec .
be as. ed to
an En owmerrt Funf
.tioard· s annual
of a _i.shop ,
Ar pr=se nt
e xpe nd i t ur= s
J ven ure
you as a
ove r a mi.Ll Lon
f'r aerne nt , ret .rr ns to
r he annua
of a litt
e nr e r-s into
w it h
im some small
valua J1.e a vice
$ 50 this
wh i.ch is
pone of his
Board of r:issions,
a pp o iIn t a Commlrtee,
Board of l\Aissions
in some I have made more than
as will be seen from a perusal
of the record of Episcopal
Acts, which will be appended to this address,
when it is pub ished ..
I w i Tl conf i.ne myself to the
ist of Conf Lrmar i.ons subsequent to the latest
entFY in the journal
year, which was clateo
August 31, 1904.
Io Ly Tr-i.n i t y Chur ch ,
"Lnaeapo l t s , for
r he Bis
T at a
• .. _.•••
r row , I will
have an opportunity,
say mo.re than
I know their
work an w i.sh the oth~r members to know it ~t:o~. Iw
t.he i r courage.
and the d i f f Lou
. 11 i.ve s all new
under vrh i.ch they are laboring,
and I am sure i.t W1. !S1.V u
w'th rem and to w1.sh
and new hope to hear them, to sympatl l.ze
1. -' ~
his ~ The Canons of the Church make it the duty of
- Ihe Bishop to reco-d
~piscopal acts,and it is cuslomary to publish
ion wi h h"
suc recora ~n connectt
~s annua Address.
For further detai R of m
Y "lor t t e re f ore ,
er you to the journal, wh i.ch wt l.Ibe published a f rer-th
~ng of Convocation.
A resident Bishop having been chosen and consecrated for Cuba. I am
relieved oft that extremely pleasant addition to my responsibilities, an d
I ask God to bless the new Bishop of Cuba) and those who labor wt t b him
in that most interesting Missionary District.
Turning from this imperfect outline of the past to the propecls of
the future, I ask your attention to the f o l.'l ow i.ng f Lv= places, whe re our
Church serv ices wi 11 be opened as soon as I can find t-he men and the means.
(a) On the Hi.Lt.t ar'y Road, some 7 or ~ miles wesl of- the t own of Bayaman t in the barrio of Cande Lar i.o I whe re I am affered four acres of and 7
on condition that I build a church there w i.t.h i.n one year.
I have visited
the district and arrange
to hold a 'ission Service rhere next Sunday,
and shall probably accept the offer.
(b) At Pueblo Viejo, a similar offer has been made and will prohah y
I am hoping to go there for a similar service on the fo1 owing Sunday; that is, May 21. This might be connected w it.h Candelario as
At Aguas Bue na s , an offer of land has been rnade , w lrh the promise
of ~50 r owa rd the erection of a church.
I hope to be able to acce pr t h i s
(d) At .::>emi
1, an nac i.enda not far from the t own of Juana nfaz, an
urgent request for the ministrations of the Church has come, and I am
hoping to supply the need by making that point a mission in connection
with the ~ission at Aguirre as soon as I can secure a clergy~an
work at the latter point.
(e) At Hormigueros,
Mr. Bland thiks of establishing
soon as his wo rk at Hayaguez will a lIow.
the Church as
Besides these points of growth in the mumbers of our Missions, I am
negotiating for the enlar~ement of the church at Vieques to doub e its
This work ::::
expect w i.Ll. be done at once. Unde r f'.1r.
Hean, the !·1inisterin Charge for the past 26 years, much faithful service
has been rendered at Vieques, which it is a pleasure to recognize.
l'1r.Bean having entirely lost the use of his eyes, I havR obtained for him
a pension which will enable him to retire'~ the Rev, Mr. Leonard Read
taking up the work at that po i nr as soon as I can ordain him to the Priesl~
hood, he having been ordained Deacon by me on the 2d of last February, in
the Church of the Holy Trinity, Ponce.
At La Carmelita, steps have been taken, and land secured on a 99 years'
lease, for the erection of a suitable church, and t R layins.sout of a burial
ground, it bei~g necessary now to carry t e dead from that place to Ponce,
a distance of some 15 miles, most y by mountain trail whe re no whee Led
vehicle can pass, I have made an appropriation of $100 tOHarn this church
building, and am expecting to help along the vork as fast as means at my
disposal will permit, until the whole is completed.
Thanks are due to ~~r.
Van Leenhof and to the Company 0 La Carmelita, and are grateful y ren ered.
On the lot recently acquired by purchase, in Ponce, I am expecting,
with the cooperation of the Rector, Ivardens and Vestrymen, to beg i n the
erection of a suitable School building and Teacher's house, as soon as
plans can be perfected.
The Church building there is sadly out of repair,
and I am hoping soon to get the funds necessary for the erecti.on of a new
But the work which seems most conspicuous in i,s need is the Church
Hos p i t a l..
In the outskirts of the city of Ponce, we have bought four
cuerdas of land, high and we 11 adapted for the purpose whe re it is contemplated to erect the Memorial Hospital of St. Luke, t~e Beloved Fhys'cian,
in "memory of "Jr. Charles Henry Thomas.
Thomas was roy rooro-mate at Ya e
College, many tears ago, and in my senior year, when T fell sick with typhoid fever, he put aside all other duties,and gave himself to the care
and nursing of his sick friend and class:mate.
It is due to his care ~nd
attention, together with the ministrations of other well-remembered f:~e~ds,
that I regained my health, under the providence of Almighty G?d f and i r 1_S
only right that I shoul do what I may be able to perpetua-c8 h~s memory, by
cont inu ing the work of healing the sick, to wht ch he gave the. best ~ears
of his noble, self-sacrificing life. Of the need of good hop~tals ~n
-10that part of Puerto Rico I need not speak at length.
It si planner'!to
make this a hopital of up-to-date features, whose benefirs shall be besrowed on those who need them, regardless-of
r ace , creed, political or any
The plan involves prohably some years of work and
the raising of one hundred thousand dollars, of which half is for rhe
buildings and equipment, and the other half for an endowmenr , the income
to be expended in maintenance of the hospital.
It is expected that the
revenue arising from the fees paid by such as are able to pay, ",71
sufficient to meet he balance of the expenses.
A Committee has been formed, consisting of the Bishop, the Rector of Holy Trinity Church, the P
Physician (Dr. Carl Vogel), and the two lJardens of the said Parish, who
are to serve as the local board of Trustees.
The title to the land is
already vested in the Board of Missions.
Among the things that w i 11 occupy your attention is whar is knO'N11
as the Thank Offering of the rlen of the Church for the 300 years of Church
Life in this we st e rn hemisphere.
This offering w i 11 be made at the next
General Convocation. wh i ch is to be held at Rt.chmond t Va., in Ocr obe r ,
The Women of the Church made their triennial offering for Missions
last October, and it reached the sum of $150,000. They are in the habit
of making such offerings every three years, although this is the largest
amount they have ever given.
It is devoted to the training and support
of women wor'ke r s in the 1'1iss
ion fie Ld . The Chi dren of the Church make
and offering of more than ,$100,000 each Lent. Last year r he Lr- Lenten
offering, for general missionary work, amounted to $117, 000. The
returns for this year are not all in.
granting that what the women and children give is supplied by
the men, (wh i ch is not true ent ire Ly , but has some truth in t t , the
time seems to have come for the men of the Church a"2..so 10 be up and doing
something on the ir own part and of their own free-\'>7l11. II is hoped that
the offering a 1 Richmond w l.11 reach the sum of$ 500 ,000; and there is
nothing sta;ling in that idea, "Then once it is remembered hOH. abun antly
money is spent by the sons of the Church for business ent~rprlses or for
perhaps it may .e
Pleasure. And in case such a hope should r1be relized,
ly t he
rna d e pass Lfr L
.c: : P 1 d
-t-l'1~1 t he l'~iss
t ona rv
needs of the varuous part s ofehe MlSS l.ons .L l~ ~ ,.L.o...
Bishops will not be obliged to leave their prope~. u. and become .L~~an~lal
agents for the solicitation to the funds where w i.t h 1:0 meet the r-equ i.r'e
ments of the advancing frontier line of the Kingdom of God.
ed~ when I became bishop.
West Vt rg i.ni.a to
Bouse of Bisnops
and Canons has
Canons of the
Cano'Ls of the
O'Jr Law , as
or he rwl de order.
now been prepared
A new draft
by me, whi.ch
themse Lve s thus
of men but
nest and faithful
Rico has enjoyed
you w i 1
of God, and that
a mere "clergyman's
which does not
pew, on the
e hy an ear-
e of ev~r - member .
man~ woman and
you may he Lnt e 11i2:ent workers
be in every
I have been pained
ne a Le ct 1:. is means of
eve rv f'aro i Lv
excel ent puh ic-
to know anythin2
how many of our Church people
In a Baptist,
Lonat e ly r'econmenn that
surely anci safely.
The Church in Puerto
of ria ny fe Ll.ow-worke r s J
is within the reach of aIL
Church, Southern Churchman~-some
one of these
$1 a year,
on a minister
no ob igation
of its reponsibilities.
the cooperat ion, as I have said,
whereby it has advanced,
each wi 1
of the appr ova of 'the
not" a pre sent
I se Lect
a r as apolicab
a.nend and adopt I subject
t.o the aptrrova
House of bishops which meets in .TewYork, june
t e sub tef
as a necessity,
f'am l v . a
to know of the
i s efficiency
bear e t h the
and wor sh Lp no lost
socu Ia r
of most vital
Lnf ormed .
to a Churchman to k now
and be Lgnor-arrr
to know of the
Thus ivi 1 your
be not as thp
to a deeper study of the
and YJorship, so much the
t on may
in a starrling
"a cco rd Lne r o knowledge."
w i t.h a zeal
"one t .at
to know r he name of th,"" lVTlerican
i ng of
of pe op e otherwise
to know about
Hare and ~iann;
genera 1 and not even
come when it
cons c i ous ne s s c r a b s or be d from the
in many of our Church faT11ies
be a s surned that
pace with the advancing
to the sum total
of your happiness,
i.e:ious r houehr
that also would
mip:ht make you
aware that the limited
whi ch be l onae
former and more limited
age has been outgrown,
and that there
is a larger
grasp of the
eauty and trut
and power of the ancient
gospel in r he mtn+s
to h i ahe r altitudes,
Nar row and tigoted
in a time
any more than
t ons have
to know and rejoice
is w i.der ann clearer
La rr-e 1y abandoned .
of a we 1-infor-
As you ta-e
of t is
work , may the
An may God's
of f r-ar e t n Lt y ,
P. R. ,
be ~vith us no", and a wavs .
James H. Van nuren.
an~ ad ress
EPI3CO AL ACTS, fro~
SUND. Y AFT",:q TRHTITY.
, L" ~
.hur ch , l"ash ifl?,tOll,
nn , Pre.qrh,o
i 0'18 pari
fer Bishop "dsa 1, at Foly
Chur ch ,
Io l.v Corn-
D. C. Aft.
SU"DAY AF'T'SR:RI TT
Ev a .
3GNDAY AFTER TRINITY. A.~1.~ Pr~acherl
Sa i-vt s ' S irch , 1\To:.thfie1~,
Fari bau 1t ,
hu r s . , A_~::.,.
S, r i.sr
dd re s s ed ',7oman
'. f S • ux i liary
Scr-oo 1 Inst it ute
'::;v., S-;-. au l , "i, n . -r: ig.,
Aux i Lt.a ry ,
::::T ~-DAYA::-,r:::? ~~.L'ITY.
St , , John
Pau 1 • s hur ch , 1"i noria , >'lin'l.
the High Schoo
ddr'e s sed
r he ~iocesan
ZZ, Thur s . , A. ~~. Ad res sed
~'l d . , A.~'·' Addressed
::':Vl2:., St. Jo~~'s ~is~'on C urc "
.os r on , Preached.
3, 1 ~cn., Aft. A dressed the 1re r i• ca Cluh at Providence,
-:vg., . ddressed 1,Toman'sAux i iaryat
St. John's C urch,
5, Wed. Attended opening service of General Convention, at
Trinity Church, Boston, Mass.
S-2~, In daily attendance on Gen. Conven _ion, Boston.
SUN.vAY FT"s~ LII
ITY. _ ,~~., Preached at
Church, Brookline, rv1ass."Cv!2'., ?reachect at Sr. James'
Church, hlest Somerville, Mass.