Samuel Talabi was ordained to the Diaconate on Saturday, September 19, 2020 by The Rt. Rev. Blair W. Schultz, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of the Atlantic States, on behalf of the Most Rev. Dr. John E. Upham, Jr., the Archbishop of the Anglican Church, who could not attend the Ordination due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Deacon Talabi started attending All Saints Anglican Church, with his family, in 2017, as a layman. He became a member of the choir, a lay reader, an acolyte, and a member of the Vestry. In 2018, he became a postulant after being admitted into the Seminary at St. Joseph of Arimathea Theological College in Berkeley California. He studied for and passed the Diaconate examination in March 2020 and is now pursuing courses that would lead to the Priesthood.
On Sunday, following the ordination, Deacon Talabi was presented with a special stole and communion accessories by Bishop Schultz, that will be used to take the Holy Sacraments to the sick; and a License to preach the Word of God.
Deacon Talabi emigrated from Nigeria to the United States of America with his family, in September 1988. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos, Nigeria (1980), and a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management (Devry University), 2012. He is married with three children and three grandchildren.
We are grateful to Almighty God for bringing Deacon Samuel to this important office in our parish.