Father Kyle Bennett has announced that he will be leaving St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at the end of the year.
Father Kyle has has been a tremendous asset to the Marco Island community for the past 12½ years. While serving St. Mark’s, Father Kyle brought the community in to the church not just for worship, but for activities, education and entertainment. One of his many accomplishments was bringing Camp Able to St. Mark’s, a camp dedicated solely to special needs campers.
Marco Island has been home to Father Kyle and his wife Dody; it is where they raised daughters Callie and Ellie. The move will bring them closer to where their girls are now living. “The sadness of leaving our home on Marco Island is tempered by the blessing Dody and I feel by the opportunity to be closer to where our children will make their home,” he says.
On January 1, 2018, Father Kyle will start the New Year as the Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Pass Christian, Mississippi. The parish was completely destroyed by two hurricanes and Father Kyle is answering the call to help. The parish averages 55 people between two services on Sunday. “It is a call to mission for which I will strive to be faithful,” says Father Kyle.
Coastal Breeze News wishes Father Kyle and his family all the best in their move to Mississippi, and thanks them for their many contributions to Marco Island.