@ The Diocese of Southeast Florida 


The Episcopal Diocese 

of Southeast Florida 

Welcome to Rev. Thornell
Father Thornell is one of the most respected and experienced leaders of our Church. Having trained at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, he was ordained a deacon in 1972 and a priest in 1973.  Over a lengthy and multi-faceted ministry, he has served as a parish priest, a cathedral canon, a diocesan staff member, and a seminary teacher. He was instrumental in founding the Bishop John Walker School for Boys in Washington, DC, in 2007, and he was Vice President (1984-1988) and then President (1988-1990) of the National Union of Black Episcopalians. He served on the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church from 2000 to 2006.  With the addition of Father Thornell, we will increase the vital work and focus of building the Beloved Community where there is dignity and justice for all of God's people.  
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.  Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.  

This series is open to all. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.