RIP - The Reverend Jae Wook Chung, 42

December 16, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is with profound sorrow that I write to tell you that the Rev. Jae Wook Chung, Priest Associate at Saint Ann's in Sayville, died early this morning at Stony Brook Medical Center.

Jae's recurrence of cancer and the swiftness with which it overtook him has shocked us all. We join his family, his parish family, and all those whose lives he touched in their overwhelming grief. And I thank you for the many prayers, visits, and messages of comfort that you have extended to Jae and his family in these last days.

Jae will be missed for all his many gifts, his deep love and faith in Jesus, but most especially for his prayerful, holy manner in all aspects of life.

Every encounter with him made me want to be a better person and a better bishop to the people we serve together. His abiding love and gentle care for all people is an example to us all.

Your prayers and presence are invited as we gather to lay our brother to rest.

Vigil Watch
Friday, December 18 from 4 pm to 9 pm
Formal vigil prayers will be held at 7 pm
at St. Ann's Episcopal Church
257 Middle Road
Sayville, NY  11782

Requiem Eucharist
Saturday, December 19 at 11 am
at the Cathedral of the Incarnation
50 Cathedral Avenue
Garden City, NY  11530

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano will preside
Burial will follow at St. Ann's Church Cemetery, Sayville

Cards and messages of condolence may be sent to Shin, Jae's wife, and their four children, Ian, Emma, Leo, and Lucas at 59 Pine Street, Sayville, NY  11782.

Please pray for God's consoling presence with them and Jae's wider family, the clergy and people of Saint Ann's, and all those who grieve.

Please also remember our brother Jae in your prayers and at your altar. May he rest in the loving, gentle arms of the Lord he loved and served.

Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano
Bishop of Long Island

The Rev. Jae Wook Chung

July 15, 1973 - December 16, 2015

Jae Wook Chung was ordained deacon in January 2014 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. A Korean American, he was born in Seoul in 1973, and immigrated to the United States at age 27 after finishing two years of required military service. He graduated from Korea's Dankook University with a B.S. in Economics.

In the United States, Jae founded a web agency for Global 500 companies with his wife, Shin Kang, a graphic designer.

He was an active parishioner of Great Neck Episcopal Ministry and served as a youth director for six years until he entered the General Theological Seminary as a postulant of the Diocese of Long Island in 2011.

Jae also served as a member of the Diocesan Bishop Search Committee.  He and his wife lived at Camp DeWolfe as resident staff members in 2007, where they also created the camp's first website.

Father Jae Chung with Mother Diane Britt,

rector of St. Ann's Church, Sayville.

In February, 2014, Jae began his journey as deacon in St. Ann's, Sayville.

After his ordination as priest, he continued his ministry at St. Ann's, as Priest Associate.

Father Jae with his wife, Shin, at his side at his
ordination to the priesthood on July 19, 2014

Fr. Jae also served as the co-convener, with Fr. Paul Lai, of the Diocese of Long Island's Episcopal Asian American Ministry Commission, which was formed by a resolution at the Diocese of Long Island convention in 2009.

In an article in St. Ann's Parish Journal, Fr. Jae, wrote:

"As a Korean-American who is not a native English speaker, I never imagined that I would be coming to a program-sized parish as a full time minister in Suffolk County. However, it really happened to me when I answered "Amen" (yes) to applying for the curacy position at St. Ann's.

For the last five months, my experiences to magnify (enlarge) God and the Body of Christ here at St. Ann's have "enlarged" priesthood in me. There is astonishing joy seeing all the parishioners who are happily expecting my ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, July 19th, 2014. The ordination is not only for me, but also for all parishioners as well as all people in this Diocese.

I hope and pray that I can keep happily walking this sacramental journey as a priest to magnify the Lord with the people of God in the Diocese of Long Island and beyond."

Ordination to the diaconate, January 11, 2014



New York Times: Asian Advantage

Click on the web link below to see a New York Times article:

Asian Advantage

October 10, 2015

"THIS is an awkward question, but here goes: Why are Asian-Americans so successful in America?"




ENS - Complete Coverage of the International EAM Conference

ENS - Episcopal News Service has complete coverage of the recent International Episcopal Asian American Ministry Conference and Consultation convened in Seoul, South Korea.

Click on the web link below to see all of the ENS news reports from the EAM conferecne.


The link includes, among several news articles,  a VIDEO of the Presiding Bishop discussing the future of Asian America partnerships.



Visit EAM Long Island on Facebook

from the EAM Co-Conveners:

EAM Long Island information is now being posted on Facebook.  

Here is the link to the private Facebook Group page of EAM Long Island:




RIP - The Rt. Rev. Dr. A. George Ninan

June 23, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

With deep sorrow, I write to inform you that the Rt. Rev. Dr. A. George Ninan, my brother bishop and friend, passed into the greater life on Sunday after a very recent diagnosis of pneumonia and a brief hospitalization. Bishop Ninan was both a leader for Asian Indian Christians globally and a faithful minister in our diocese, serving several of our parishes after his retirement from episcopal ministry and making confirmation visitations to many others. This is a hard loss for friends and admirers across the world, in our diocese, and may I say, for me, too.

Funeral Liturgy

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 9:30 a.m.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Pearl River

The Rt. Rev. Andrew R. St. John, Presiding

The Rt. Rev. Johncy Itty, Preaching 

Visiting Clergy: Cassock, Surplice, Tippet

Public Viewing
Friday, June 26, 2015
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
St. Stephen's, Pearl River

Born on August 4, 1934 in Kerala, India, Bishop Ninan was raised an Anglican. After studies at Leonard Theological College in Jabalpur, he was ordained in 1964 as an Anglican priest and began what became a ministry of global significance, serving in India, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Canada.

His ministry especially focused on the poor. During the 1970s, his leadership in the Bombay Urban Industrial League for Development (BUILD) and the innovative programmes he initiated to help people living in the slums of Mumbai manifested Christ's own mission to the poor. He encouraged committed Christians to minister in rural and urban situations of poverty and exploitation, and he urged the churches of India to advocate for the poor and participate in the struggle for social justice. From 1979 to 1985, Bishop Ninan served as Executive Secretary of the Urban Rural Mission of the Christian Conference of Asia, and the programs he developed to support pastors and church workers were at the forefront of the human rights movements in Asia. These programs aided church workers and human rights activists imprisoned by dictatorships, as well as leaders and activists of trade union movements working with the slum dwellers in many parts of Asia.

His gifts as a visionary, organizer, and practical theologian eventually led him to higher office within the churches of Asia. From 1985 to 1990, he served as the Associate General Secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia. In 1994, he began his ministry as the Bishop of Nasik, a diocese of the Church of North India, a united church of several Protestant denominations that is a successor to the Church of England.

Bishop Ninan and his wife Rachel, whom he married in 1961, first came to the United States during the 1970s for his doctoral studies at Phillips University in Oklahoma. They returned in 2004 to be near their three adult children and their grandchildren, making their home in our diocese. In the decade of his ministry among us, Bishop Ninan served as Vicar of All Saints' in Valley Cottage, Interim at St. Mary's, Scarborough, and Pastor of St. Andrew's, Brewster. He was also a beloved preacher and spiritual leader for Asian Indian Christians throughout the United States.

When he first came to the Diocese of New York, I was introduced to Bishop Ninan by two of our Indian priests with the words, "We would like you to meet a hero of human rights." A warm friendship quickly grew between us. Over time spent across the table from one another and in our common life in this diocese, I came to know and understand more of the courage and faith with which he advocated for Dalits in India and witnessed to justice and reconciliation within the wider Anglican Communion and Church.

I also came to know Bishop Ninan as he helped to build the Malayalam-speaking membership of All Saints', Valley Cottage, culminating in this congregation of the Church of South India choosing to accept the jurisdiction of the Bishop of New York and join The Episcopal Church. Today, All Saints' is a beautifully harmonious community of long-time Episcopalians and Malayalam-speaking Indian Christians. Just last April, we held a memorial service for the Reverend John Fredenburgh in our cathedral, and Bishop Ninan was present. On that occasion, he shared with me his memories of the holy partnership between that priest and this bishop in bringing to fulfillment the vision of the community which All Saints has become. I express my condolences to the Reverend Jacob Nanthicattu, a newly ordained priest in our diocese who now leads All Saints', for whom Bishop Ninan was a dear mentor and friend, and to all of our sisters and brothers in Christ in that good parish.

Bishop Ninan's funeral is expected to draw many Asian Indian clergy and will be a truly cross-cultural liturgy. Because of my responsibilities at General Convention, including the election that same day of The Episcopal Church's next Presiding Bishop, I profoundly regret that I will not be able to participate. To Bishop Andrew St. John, who will represent me, to Bishop Johncy Itty, who will preach, I extend my gratitude. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Episcopal Charities, in honor of Bishop Ninan's care for the poor.

Please remember our brother George in your prayers and at your altars, and please pray for God's consoling presence with Rachel, the children Reny, Reena and Rajive, their wider family, and all who mourn. With every good wish, I remain


The Rt. Rev. Andrew M. L. Dietsche
Bishop of New York 


The General Theological Seminary will confer the Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, on the Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin, at its 193rd Commencement ceremonies on May 20, 2015

Bishop Shin

The Rt. Rev. Allen Kunho Shin is Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of New York.

Born in South Korea, Shin and his family moved to Washington, D.C., in 1972, where he attended Gonzaga College High School, a Jesuit school for boys.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1983, majoring in Music/Vocal Performance. He then spent four years in New York City working as a professional singer, before taking up a position as the choir director at a Korean Episcopal church in Chicago.

Having gone through the discernment process in Chicago, Shin studied for his Master of Divinity degree at The General Theological Seminary in New York City, graduating in 1996. He was ordained to the diaconate in the Diocese of Chicago in June of that year, and to the priesthood in the Diocese of New York that December. Also in 1996, he was called as Curate/Assistant to the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in New York City, where he remained until 2001, at the same time taking up the position of Assistant Officer, Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry at the Episcopal Church Center, which he held until 1999.

In 2001, he earned the degree of Master of Sacred Theology from The General Theological Seminary. He then went to England where, from 2002 to 2005, he pursued post-graduate work in Patristic Studies at the University of Oxford. During the course of his studies, he also held the position of Honorary Assistant Priest at All Saints Church, Margaret Street, London. He remained at the University of Oxford from 2005 to 2010 as Fellow and Chaplain of Keble College.

Shin returned from England to the United States in 2010, to take up the position of Rector of St. John’s Church, Huntington, New York, in the Diocese of Long Island.