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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Congratulations to Canon Leroy Lyons

Fr. Lyons was honored for his contributions to ministry among Anglicans
of Caribbean descent at a conference organized by St. Stephen's Church, Toronto.
Congratulations to Plainfield's longest-serving pastor, the Rev. Canon Leroy Lyons of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

Fr. Lyons has had an exciting ministry over the last four decades, with St. Mark's, under his leadership, becoming a leading parish in the Plainfield community and in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey.

I first came to know Fr. Lyons about twenty-five years ago, when helping coordinate the efforts of our two parishes (I was at Grace Church) to house the homeless of the Plainfield area in our church buildings for a week at a time on a rotating basis in the days before HomeFirst was formed.

St. Mark's parish has prospered and grown under his dedicated leadership, for which we all give thanks as he enters his 41st year as its rector.

His ministry will be honored at a special Mass at St. Mark's at 10:30 this morning.

You can read a profile by Courier reporter Mark Spivey

Congratulations, Fr. Lyons, and every best wish for the future!

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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