Two Dozen

I was ordained to the priesthood twenty-four years ago today, at Christ Church, New Haven. At the time I was still working as chaplain at St Thomas’s Day School on Whitney Ave (Mr Acquavita is still the Head there — hey, Mr. Acquavita!), and second assistant at Christ Church New Haven (under the late Rev. Jerald G. Miner and the Rev. Donnel O’Flynn). Serving as chaplain to the Day School community, and as a colleague to Jerry and Donnel, was a tremendous gift to me in any number of ways. Stressful as that year was — I was taking a full courseload at Yale Divinity while I was working at the two jobs — my colleagues made the stress into something productive. I learned much more than a year’s worth of lessons from them.
Since then I’ve helped out with the campus ministry at Duke University (under the late Earl Brill), with the cathedral ministry at St Peter’s in St Petersburg, with miscellaneous services at DaySpring Episcopal Retreat Center, and as interim vicar at St James, Tampa. After we moved from Florida to New Jersey, I served as an assisting priest at Trinity Church, Princeton; from Princeton to Evanston, at St Luke’s Parish.
I spent the next two years in Princeton, on leave from Seabury, and in Durham, as visiting professor at Duke. I wasn’t rooted in either place, and I didn’t do much parish work (helped out a little at St Joseph’s in Durham).
A little more than a year ago, I moved here to Glasgow. I began helping out at the Cathedral of St Mary and with the Anglican chaplaincy here.
When you count in the many miscellaneous venues of ministry — at the schools at which I taught, at tech conferences, in my guild in WoW, at the places I’ve been invited to preach — my time in ordained ministry has involved many places and innumerable people. Everywhere, I found myself falling in love with the dear souls who came to church, who turned to me, in trust and hope. Sometimes good things come of our time together; sometimes bad things have followed. I wish there’d been more, greater good.
And Margaret, and our very wonderful family Nate, Si, Pippa, and Jennifer, supported me through it all.
I owe all of them so much for the patience with which they’ve borne with me, for the faith with which they’ve trusted me, for the grace we’ve seen together. Thanks, all of you. Thank you so very much. I’ll keep trying, we can keep trying together.

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