Barbara Willis

Posted by on August 1, 2019 in Member Profiles | Comments Off on Barbara Willis

Barbara Willis

Episcopal Women answering God’s call to live out our Baptismal Covenant
Barbara Willis attended the Diocesan Episcopal Church Women annual meeting last November where she learned about “The Rule of St. Benedict.” The workshop was facilitated by Patti Joy Posan, National Vice Pres­ident and Nancy Young, National President, both of the Episcopal Community. The purpose of the workshop was to learn how a Benedictine focus can change how we think about ourselves, how we treat one another and how we spend our time. Basically, a Benedictine focus can help us to live into our Baptismal Covenant -to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom and to respond to human need by love and service. This workshop piqued her interest and of course she became very interested in the idea of the “reaffirmation” of our Baptismal ·covenant. This led to an extensive journey of study and discernment of membership which in­cludes two stages: (1) Inquirer for the first three months; and (2) Novitiate for the remainder of the discernment study period. One may ask why engage in such a pursuit. It gives a unique opportunity for personal spiritu­al growth as we serve our church and all of God’s people. We support our clergy parishes and diocese with our prayers and service. Each Novitiate is assigned a mentor to help with their spiritual disciplines and aid their spiritual growth and transformation.

Resources and study guides are The Benedict’s Toolbox, 10th Anniversary Edi­tion by Jane Tomaine, the Bible, and The Book of Common Prayer. Barbara’s installation was held at St. Mark’s on Sunday, August 10, followed by a reception in Gray Hall her story is below.
“Living into our Baptismal covenant with the Rule of St. Benedict!”

Patti Joy Posan, Barbara Willis and Becky Taylor Scott

I have been a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Venice over 20 years and served on various boards: Vestry, for three years; very active Lay Eucharist minister and lay reader, serving communicants not only at Church but also while visiting   members at home. 

My ministries have included Diocesan Coordinator for UTO for 3 yrs. in South West Florida, Delegate to the National Convention in 2008 in California, and President of ECW (local)   for many years. 

I have been on mission trips to Dominican Republic– painting buildings or whatever is needed as well. I coordinate a team that makes sun dresses form pillowcases for needy children. I also coordinated a shoe drive where over 400 pair of shoes were collected for the needy.  Some of our fund raisers include a fashion show, dinner dance, and co-manager for our gift shop.   It is good to be able to give back as much as possible. Yes, we are our brothers’ keepers.

Since I’ve become a part of the Episcopal Community, it is without a doubt, I’ve made the right decision.   This is new in our area, but I hope to continue to also encourage others to be a part of this Community.

I was born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies. My husband Hubert and I reside in South Venice, FL. We are both retirees. Our daughter Lisa and her husband live in South Venice, and our son and his family live in Gainesville, Florida.

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