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Fr. Doyle installation is Sunday at Trinity

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Fr. Doyle installation is Sunday at Trinity
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Father Doyle Turner will be installed Sunday as a quarter-time priest-in-charge/vicar of Trinity Church in Park Rapids.

The appointment ends a decade with no resident priest, the church using supply clergy, explained church warden Ellis Jones.


Fr. Turner's preliminary schedule calls for arriving Wednesdays for pastoral care and other church functions. He will continue his current schedule of delivering sermons the first and third Sundays of the month.

Until now, Turner held no status other than guest preacher, Jones explained. "He is now a leader, holding a formal position."

"It's a step forward for us," said Frank Moody, church moderator. "It's a great statement of commitment to the community."

The Episcopal-Presbyterian partnership is "very unique," he said. Just three other churches in the country have the distinction.

The Presbytery of Northern Waters "enthusiastically endorsed" the appointment.

"I know that God will richly bless this new partnership between the Trinity Church and Fr. Doyle," Rev. Dr. Dana Knapp stated.

The Episcopal Church of Minnesota also approved the appointment.

"Fr. Doyle is a man of great talents and vision and I know he will help Trinity engage God's mission in Park Rapids," Episcopal Bishop Right Rev. Brian Prior wrote.

Turner was ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church in 1986. He graduated from Moorhead State University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in personnel psychology and from Seabury Western Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree.

He has served on the staff of the Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota as Canon Missioner for Indian work and as executive directory of the Indigenous Training Institute.

In "retirement," Turner serves Trinity in Park Rapids and Lake Grove Lutheran Church (ELCA) of rural Waubun.

He and wife Mary are parents of three children and have four grandchildren.

"The congregation is excited and supportive," Moody said. "It's something we've been praying for. We couldn't have done this without congregational support.

"It's the best thing that's happened to us in 10 years."

Jean Ruzicka
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