St. Mark’s celebrates New Ministry of the Rev. Jim Dannals
September 18, 2014
A joyful celebration marked of the institution and induction of the Reverend James Clark Dannals as the first Vicar of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Port Royal on Thursday, September 18.
St. Mark’s parishioners were joined by faith and community leaders from the Beaufort area as well as clergy and lay members from across The Episcopal Church in South Carolina as they rejoiced with the Right Reverend Charles vonRosenberg in the Celebration of a New Ministry.
The service was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beaufort to accommodate the crowd of about 200. St. Mark’s holds its Sunday services at the historic Old Union Church, 1004 11th St. in Port Royal.
Giving the homily were the Rev. Carey D. Chirico and The Rev. Edward W. Jones, both Deacons at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, Va., where the Rev. Dannals had served as rector before coming to South Carolina. They spoke of the Rev. Dannals’ love of service and community. In Fredericksburg, he started a feeding ministry that has fed 20,000 people. Rev. Chirico shared that he even convinced the vestry of the very historic church to build a community garden in their graveyard, where George Washington’s father-in-law is buried.
The service included a presentation of symbols of ministry. Acolytes presented a Bible. Parishioners presented water, oil, outreach symbols, a prayer book and keys to the church. Representatives from the ecumenical and inter-faith community presented a Tibetan Prayer Bowl and Soup Bowl. Friends from the wider Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion gave a Compass Rose and a copy of the Canons of the diocese was given by The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.
The service concluded with Eucharist, followed by a lovely reception.
Bishop vonRosenberg announced the appointment in May following a search process, effective August 1. The Rev. Dannals is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. He received his bachelor’s degree at Florida State University and his M.Div from Yale Divinity School. In 2013 he retired as rector of St. George’s, Fredericksburg, and served as sabbatical priest at Grace Church in Waynesville, NC in early 2014. Previously, he served parishes in Massachusetts, North Carolina and Florida. He and his wife Carolyn have three adult sons and one granddaughter.