The Church of the Ascension
la Iglesia de la Ascensión
We hope you will join us for Worship on Sundays
8:00 am English without music
10:00 am English with music
12 noon Spanish
The Vestry has called the Rev. Santiago Rodriguez to serve as the Latino Missioner. Pastor Santiago has been serving and continues to serve as the Pastor to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Churchin Providence. This is also a Spanish and English speaking congregation. He will continue his ministry there while serving 1/2 time at Church of the Ascension. He brings a rich experience of working with a bi-lingual and multi-cultural congregation. He has been a part of a joint ministry to develop leadership in lay ministry among the congregations of Ascension, Gloria Dei, and St. Georges. See his biography on this page.
This spring the parish is participating in the dioscesan wide drive to collect toiletries for people who are new to this country and using the services of the International Institute at Dorcas Place.
The parish is also collecting pledges and donations for Episcopal Charities of Rhode Island. The Episcopal Charities helps many agencies through funding grants.
Also this spring the parish is participating in the United Thank Offering Ingathering of the Episcopal Church Women of Rhode Island. These funds are distributed by The Episcopal Church USA and United Thank Offering throughout the country and the world.
Plans Underway for International Supper On May 14th.
Because we enjoy a beautiful diversity at Ascension, we are planning a supper to celebrate our rich heritage of language, origins, races and sexual orientation.
Enjoy delicious food from many cultures as you join in a celebration of diversity and multi-cultural heritage. Everyone is welcome. Tickets are $12 for Adults and $6 for children under 12. Tickets can be reserved through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/church-of-the-ascension-international-dinner-tickets-24798867079 or through the Parish Office.
Bi-lingual Prize BINGO
on June 4th
Come and join us for an evening of fun and games as we share snacks, fellowship and BINGO. Everyone is a winner, but if you have the lucky BINGO you take home a non-cash prize.
Ascension has a bi-lingual youth group that for young people ages 12 and older. The group meets for fellowship and topical discussions.
Meet Pastor Santiago Rodriguez
Pastor Santiago Rodriguez
(spanish translation follows)
The Rev. Santiago Rodriguez was ordained in Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2003 and became the Senior Pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. But he began his work relationship with Gloria Dei as Outreach Ministry at the 1998.
Previously, before he arrived with his family as a missionary to the United States in 1997, he worked as a community organizer for more of 15 years in his home country, the Dominican Republic and throughout Latin America.
The Pr. Santiago has been married to Keila Rodriguez for 31 years, and they have three children: Santiago Jr. 30, Vimar 28, and Eufradis 23.
Pr. Rodriguez attended to Harvard University, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Ministry and a Master’s Degree in Divinity. He has also completed the program Doctorate in Ministry.
He has received several awards for his contributions to the community by the R.I. Council of Churches, the City of Providence, the Senate, the House and the Office of the Governor.
Currently Santiago is a member of the Steering Committee of the R.I. Interfaith Coalition and the Job with Justice both focused on economic and social justice issues through collaborative involvement of churches in Providence and Rhode Island.
El Rev. Santiago Rodriguez fue ordenado en Palabra y Sacramento en la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América en 2003 y se convirtió en el Pastor Principal de la Iglesia Luterana Gloria Dei. Pero él comenzó su relación de trabajo con Gloria Dei como Coordinador del Ministerio de Alcance en el 1998.
Previamente, antes de venir con su familia como misionero a los Estados Unidos en 1997, trabajó como Organizador Comunitario por más de 15 años en su país de origen, la República Dominicana y en toda América Latina.
El Pr. Santiago ha estado casado con Keila Rodríguez por 31 años, y tienen tres hijos: Santiago Jr. 30, Vimar 28 y 23 Eufradis.
El Pr. Rodríguez asistió a la Universidad de Harvard, el Seminario Teológico Gordon Conwell, y el Seminario Teológico Luterano de Filadelfia. Posee una Maestría en Ministerio Urbano y una Maestría en Divinidades. También ha completado el programa de Doctorado en Ministerio.
El ha recibido varios reconocimientos por sus contribuciones a la comunidad por parte del Consejo de Iglesias de R. I., la Ciudad de Providence, el Senado, la Casa de Representantes y la Oficina del Gobernador. Actualmente Santiago es miembro del Comité Directivo de la Coalición Interreligiosa de R. I. y de Trabajo con la Justicia ambos centrados en temas de justicia económica y social a través de la participación colaborativa de las iglesias en la ciudad de Providencia y todo Rhode Island.