Dear St. Mary's Family,
The Episcopal Church is so named, in part, because we value the ministry of bishops (episcopal means "of or relating to a bishop"). Bishop Diane Bruce, our new Bishop Provisional, has asked me to serve the Diocese as Vocations Missioner, and having received the consent of our Vestry, I have accepted. In this role, I will provide oversight to the ordination process of the Diocese, working closely with the Bishop and Commission on Ministry in the recruitment, discernment, and formation of those called to vocational ministry in the Church, both lay and ordained.
This work will be above and beyond my full-time ministry at St. Mary's. In other words, I'm not going anywhere! Rather than increasing my compensation, at my request, the Diocese will reimburse St. Mary's for one-fourth of my compensation, giving the Vestry the ability to spend the money as it wishes. Last night, the Vestry approved my request to use some of these funds for a quarter-time (approx. 10 hours per week) Associate Rector position.
It is with delight that I announce the promotion of Fr. Sean Kim to Associate Rector of St. Mary's Church. Fr. Sean has been a faithful priest on the clergy staff at our parish since April 2019, serving in a non-stipendiary capacity. We will see a bit more of Fr. Sean in his new role as he will no longer serve at other parishes one Sunday per month, and he will be taking on more ministry responsibility in various areas slowly over time. Please join me in congratulating him!
Don't hesitate to reach out to me or either of the Wardens if you have any questions or concerns. See you soon in church!
Fr. Charles Everson's love for music and liturgy led him to a suburban parish as a simple chorister, and as of late, to St. Mary's as a priest. He feels called to share the love of Jesus Christ with a broken world in desperate need of hope and reconciliation.