The Episco-Bulletin

from St Anselms Chapel Center @ USF


My name is Alisa Carmichael.  I have been thus far in my life: an English teacher, a librarian, an aspiring writer, an accompanist, and a lifelong church musician.  In recent years I have been in the discernment process for the Episcopal diaconate.  I was ordained a deacon in December 2013.

I started this blog while I was in field experience at the St Anselm’s Episcopal Chapel Center, a campus ministry of the Episcopal diocese of Southwest Florida on the campus of the University of South Florida.   Originally, I hoped to to chronicle our work with campus ministry and to organize my own thoughts and experiences about my deacon training.

In December 2013, I was ordained as a vocational deacon, serving as a chaplain at the USF Chapel Center and at St John’s Episcopal Day School as well as continuing my work as a church musician at St Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Temple Terrace.   This blog served as as an archive of my sermon and homily writing for these various positions and a virtual desk for resources I have found useful on the journey.

I am now serving as part-time chaplain at St Anselm’s.  I continue my role as church organist at St Catherine’s and sometimes preach there.  I am updating the Episco-bulletin once again to reflect my current freelance work in online content management.  I hope this will serve as an online portfolio of my past and current projects.

As always, I welcome comments and questions.  Thanks for stopping by!




6 comments on “About

  1. Joan Kaywell
    March 10, 2011

    Hi. My name is Joan Kaywell and I am a faculty here at USF in the Department of Secondary Educaiton in the College of Educaiton. I would post a picture here, but I do not see a way that I may do so. You can visit my website, but it’s very outdated.

  2. Simonetta
    April 22, 2012

    Hi. I would like to know where you found the picture of Anselm of Canterbury included in your blog. I am looking for pictures for a book for children. Thank you.

    • Alisa
      April 23, 2012

      Hi there–thanks for writing. The picture is actually a photo taken of an icon of St Anselm that hangs in our chapel. I don’t know the story behind the work but I’m actually working on our 50th anniversary history, digging through old Chapel records. Hopefully I’ll be able to find out more about its origin. Would you like me to send you more info if I find it?

  3. Josh Thomas
    April 21, 2015

    Deacon Alisa, this photo of the St. Anselm icon in the chapel will appear on on April 21, 2015, St. Anselm Day. Besides being a lovely thing, we’ve never mentioned the Chapel Center at USF before, so this will give us a chance to do that. If you find out who made the icon, post it here and I’ll get notified. Thanks.

    • Alisa
      April 21, 2015

      Thanks so much! I am a big fan of and particularly enjoy the photos you include. It was quite a thrill to see our picture posted today! Unfortunately I don’t have any information about the origin of the icon. When we were preparing for our 50th anniversary in 2012, I tried to pull together as much Chapel Center history as I could but there was no documentation about that particular piece. Perhaps your post will uncover more for us! Thanks again and thanks for the great work you are doing!

  4. Josh Thomas
    April 21, 2015

    Alisa, I hope we reach someone who can identify the iconographer. We have several who are members of ours, and every now and then one will write and say, “That icon of St. Swithin you wondered about was done by my friend… I’d know her work anywhere.” I’ll let you know if I hear anything. I love the mini-icons in the corners, too – an angel, a bird, a cow and a camel (I think) all holding up a book, which I take to be Anselm’s writing, plus the ship carved into his cathedra.

    Somebody knows who painted that piece, somebody left records of it. But college chaplaincies are the worst about sustaining a collective memory; the congregation has 100% turnover every four years. If we never find out who made the icon, we’ll have to let it speak for itself – which it does beautifully.

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