Six of the “more seasoned” members of our diocese were inducted into the Society of St. Simeon and St. Anna in an online ceremony on September 15. Each year, the diocese recognizes and honors the exemplary ministries of our older members through induction into the Society, which celebrates the wisdom, experience, maturity, and achievements of persons who are at least 60 years of age and Episcopalians for 15 or more years.

Plans for the annual spring induction ceremony and luncheon were thwarted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but diocesan Affirmative Aging liaisons, the Revs. Greg and Margaret Sammons and Bishop Breidenthal’s executive assistant, Ann Sabo, were determined to give the 2020 honorees some sort of special celebration of the recognition. The honorees, Society members, friends and family gathered in a Zoom meeting that began with a slide show compiled by diocesan IT Director Tammie Vanoss, followed by Morning Prayer led by Bishop Price. The Revs. Sammons then introduced each inductee and shared a bit of their nominations, submitted by people from their congregations or elsewhere in the diocese. Official certificates and Society pins were mailed to each recipient.

The newest members of the Society of St. Simeon and St. Anna (Class of 2020) are Cathy Bagot of Trinity, Newark; Lissa Barker and Roy Barker of St. Patrick’s, Dublin; Joanne Earley and Ruth Hazel of Christ Church, Xenia; and Randy Young of St. Paul’s, Dayton. Congratulations to all of the inductees, and a heartfelt thank you for your years of ministry among us!