Farewell to our Dean, The Very Rev. Dr. William Stomski
As many may know Father William has accepted a call to return to parish ministry where he will serve as Rector at Trinity Church, Reno, Nevada. Reno is far away, but he will long remain in our minds and hearts after having served the Diocesan School for five years as Dean, and many more years as an instructor of Liturgics, Homiletics, Pastoral Theology, and Church History. While serving as Dean he developed Diaconal Formation Retreats with a particular favorite being the Advent Prayer Retreat held in December. Father William has been greatly admired and trusted by all who knew him. Everyone he met and looked to him for guidance received the benefit of his kindness and generosity. When one was with Father William, one knew they were the most important person in the world to him. We prayerfully send him on his way out to ‘cowboy country’ where he will make his mark of love and goodness as strongly as he has done for all whose lives he has touched at the Diocesan School.
Please Welcome With Joy
Our New Interim Director, Mr. Jay Fradet
It is with great pleasure and thanksgiving that The Diocesan School for Christian Studies announces the appointment of Mr. Jay Fradet as Interim Director of The Diocesan School for Christian Studies. Jay has taught at the Diocesan School for 4 years. He has taught Spiritual Journey, Discernment for Ministry, Christology, and several New Testament classes over the years. He has worked closely with Father William Stomski, our former Dean, in developing and leading Diaconal Formation Retreats for our students and Deacons from around the Diocese.
Jay is a longtime and active Episcopalian and is a member of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Pompano Beach, where he has served as a member of the Vestry and as Lector and Lay Reader. Jay studied for the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD where he received an S.T.B and S.T.M. in Moral Theology. He holds an S.T.L. in Liturgical Theology from Institut Catholique de Paris and is A.B.D. for a joint doctorate in Religious Anthropology / History of Religions from Université de Paris IV – Sorbonne and Institut Catholique de Paris.
After his ordination in May 1995, he was Parochial Vicar, then Temporary Administrator at Prince of Peace Parish, Ormond Beach, FL. before becoming Director of the Office of Liturgy and Diocesan Master of Ceremonies for the Diocese of Orlando prior to pursuing further studies. He was an Associate Professor and Director of Liturgy at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary, Boynton Beach, FL from 1991-1995. He has served as Chair of the Theology Departments at Chaminade-Madonna Preparatory School and Cardinal Gibbons High School. Jay’s day job is as Director of Information Technology at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Ft. Lauderdale. Jay and Sheryl and their two girls live in Lighthouse Point.
We welcome Jay with open arms!
We extend a hearty welcome to the Rev. Robyn M. Neville who will join our Diocesan School faculty this Fall to teach Church History to our Year One Students.
Rev. Neville was formerly a professor of church history at General Theological Seminary. She has a BA in religion from William and Mary, an MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a ThM from Harvard Divinity School, with special research concentrations in Irish studies, medieval spirituality and psychoanalytic theory. Rev. Neville did doctoral research and taught at Emory University on medieval Irish church history and gender, and taught at Virginia Theological Seminary. She has won several research awards, including a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval Jewish-Christian relations at Oxford University. Rev. Neville has two articles on the Eucharist in medieval Irish narrative in the anthology titled Treasures of Irish Christianity: People and Places, Images and Texts (Veritas, 2012). Her chapter on the history and development of the Anglican Church of Ireland is included in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion (Wiley, 2013), a definitive, scholarly guide to Anglican history, identity and legacy.
Rev. Neville was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2003. Since her ordination, she has served as Assistant Rector, Pastoral Associate, and Assisting Priest at parishes in Georgia, Massachusetts, and Virginia. She was elected recently to the board of directors of The Historical Society of The Episcopal Church, and she has also served as co-chair of the Women’s Caucus of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion.
Robyn has recently moved to South Florida, where she currently serves as a part-time hospice chaplain, a counselor to at-risk youth in Fort Lauderdale, and as a port chaplain at Seafarers’ House in Port Everglades. In Fort Lauderdale, she serves as a board member for H.O.M.E.S., Inc., a local program that transitions youth from the foster care system to healthy, productive and independent living, and she teaches classes at St. Mark’s Episcopal School, where she is designing and implementing a new Religious Studies curriculum for junior-high-school age young learners.
Rev. Neville is married to Damian Reeder, who was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale. She enjoys running, stand-up paddle boarding, and travel, especially to areas of Europe that allow her to continue her historical research into medieval Christian spirituality.
TEXTS: The faculty refers all students to the required texts listing in the School Manual. Students must provide their own texts for study and are encouraged to feel free to purchase used books as noted in the Texts Listing to save on cost. You can purchase books via Amazon at our online bookstore.