E-mail we received before Christmas from a member of the class of '72. Congrats Wendell! Happy retirement!
I am writing today for two reasons: first, to thank you for posting the information about the honor I received from Mariners Inn here in Detroit, naming their new campus after me. "Mariners Inn serves as an anchor for those struggling to navigate the treacherous waters of homelessness and substance abuse through a wide range of social service programs that achieve the best possible outcomes for adults, families and youth affected by addiction."
Throughout my tenure as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, we have continued a long standing relationship with the Inn and are now engaged in helping the facilities to be refurbished and rebuilt to offer more services and shelter to those who need it most. We believe that recovery is possible and real...and begins at Mariners Inn.
The second reason I am writing is to give testimony to the quality education of DeMatha. Many men have come through the doors of this fine institution - some Catholic and some not! One thing I have noticed is that there have been more than a few men who have embraced ordained ministry as their life's vocation.
I did, and am now coming to the end of 32 ½ years of ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church; twenty of those years I have served as a Bishop, serving in the Diocese of Michigan. Effective January 1, 2020, I will step down as the 10th Bishop of this Diocese and begin the new adventure of retirement.
The years of confirmations, ordinations, administrative duties, parish visitations and advocating for justice for all people in Southeast Michigan has been a great joy. I firmly believe that my preparation as a student at DeMatha prepared me well for this ministry and I give thanks to God for that opportunity; faith and knowledge do indeed complement each other. May God continue to bless the mission and ministry of DeMatha and the Trinitarians.
Thanks for keeping us all informed about life at DeMatha. I continue to be humbled and honored to have been formed to be a "Faith-Filled Gentlemen and Scholar."
The Rt. Rev'd Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr.
10th Bishop of Michigan