The diocese’s annual observance of the feast of Absalom Jones, postponed because of the early February blizzard, is now scheduled for May 1st.

The springtime celebration will offer everything the snowed-out day had promised, including a Holy Eucharist and sermon preached by the Rev. John C. Welch of Pittsburgh the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the naming of a winner of the Frank E. Bolden Literary Contest 2010, a luncheon, and The Legacy of Absalom Jones, a dramatic presentation created for the occasion by Dr. Vernell Lillie and the Kuntu Repertory Theatre.

It will also take place at the same location and time: 10:30 a.m., Church of the Holy Cross, 7507 Kelly Street at Collier, Homewood.

The Rev. Absalom Jones (1746-1818) was the first African-American priest ordained in the Episcopal Church. The celebration honors his qualities of faithfulness, courage, and persistence.

The diocesan office will continue to hold and honor any registration and payment already submitted for the original February 6th date. Anyone wishing to cancel or obtain a refund should contact office@episcopalpgh.org or 412-721-0853.

New registrations for May 1 may also be submitted. The cost is $8.00 per person or $15 for a family. For additional information, call Nancy Bolden at 412-683-8888.