Greetings! I have good news to share with you today.
Last month I sent you the first transition newsletter update in which I shared information about the vestry meeting with the Rev. Canon Stuart Wright, Canon for Transitions and Human Resources of the Diocese of Maryland. The purpose of this meeting was for Canon Wright to review the processes that we could use to select our next Priest. Your vestry decided to pursue the priest-in-charge (PIC) process and we communicated our decision to Canon Wright. Several days later, Canon Wright called and recommended a candidate for our consideration.
In mid-September your vestry met the candidate and conducted a discussion to determine if a potential match existed between the candidate and our parish. We then spent several days in prayer and reflection on the decision we had to make. Last Sunday afternoon, the vestry unanimously and enthusiastically agreed to issue a call to the candidate to become our new priest-in-charge. I contacted the candidate Monday morning and delivered the good news of our call, and after several days of discernment, the candidate notified me last Thursday she has accepted our call. Thanks be to God!
This is an exciting development for our parish. We will have a young and dynamic new priest who grew up in Western Maryland. I am currently not at liberty to reveal the identity of our new priest, pending appropriate notifications to the leadership of her current parish. And while there are details of the transition and compensation package left to finalize, I am at liberty to state that her first Sunday will likely be the first Sunday in December if not sooner; and I am confident her compensation package will be fair to the candidate as well as consistent with our parish budgets of the past several years. Finally, I expect to able to reveal the name of our new priest next Sunday, October 1st. We can celebrate this good news with Bishop Knudsen!
Thank you for your prayers for your vestry and our new priest. Also, please continue to pray for Anjel+ during this important time of transition in her life and ministry.
May God's peace be with you.