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Overtown church honors communitys boys, men

admin | 6/21/2012, 5:34 a.m.

On Sunday, June 24th, the Historic Saint Agnes Episcopal Church in Overtown hosted their annual Men and Boys Day Observance. St. Agnes, which is one of oldest churches in Miami, has held an Men and Boys Day Observance service for 28 years, to honor and uplift youth and adult males for their contributions to the church and wider community. The Men and Boys Day Observance is also the kick off for a series of celebrations and events to honor the upcoming retirement of the current rector, Father Richard Livingston Marquess-Barry. Barry, a Miami native who has served as the rector of St. Agnes Episcopal Church for the past 35 years, is set to officially retire on December 1st. In a previous interview with the Miami Times, Barry said that it was the right time for him to retire. I feel that I am slowing down and that it is time for me to do something else with myself. The rector further explained, the time comes when you need to sit down to permit a younger man with a different vision to carry the congregation to a new height, a new level. His successor will be the Reverend Father Denrick Ephriam Rolle. After his retirement, Barry will continue to serve the community and among his service activities will include volunteering for the churchs development corporation. The Men and Boys Day Observance service will be held on Sunday, June 24th at 10 a.m. The Historic Saint Agnes Episcopal Church is located at 1750 NW Third Avenue in Miami. For more information, call 305-573-5330. By Kaila Heard kheard@miamitimesonline.com