New Curate!

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve called Anne Emry to serve as curate (assistant priest) at my parish, St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Massachusetts, starting in August. 

“Mother Anne,” as she’ll be known, brings enthusiasm for collaborative ministry, a gift for preaching, and a passion for youth to St. John’s. She’ll soon graduate from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Episcopal seminary in Berkeley, California, and will be ordained deacon in Grace Cathedral on June 5, 2010. Oddly enough, though we went to different seminaries, we both shared the same academic advisor: liturgics guru Ruth Meyers who was then at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.

As we were working on the 2010 budget and adding a line item for “curate search” I said to someone “It’s not as if we’ll call someone from California.” Oops. The Bible does say “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.” I obviously needed a reminder. Again.

Anne and her husband of nearly 22 years, Steve, have lived in the San Francisco Bay area for the past 20 years, most recently in San Mateo. She graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and worked in sales and sales management in the stationery and gift industry. Anne has a strong arts and design background, and has had her own staging business, working with homeowners to prepare their properties for sale.

She’s a cook (even has her own cooking blog), a gardener, a trained mezzo-soprano, and has done a lot of work with liturgical art. In other words, everything I’m not — which is precisely the point.

Anne thinks she is prepared for New England winters – she was born and raised in Connecticut. But I have my doubts. There’s a reason St. John’s seems to conduct all their searches in the spring; that’s certainly how I got suckered in. We may have to do a coat drive when she gets here!

The rest of the family includes Zack, the solar-collecting cat, and Fiona, a two-year-old golden retriever who is always happy to greet people. I’m sure Fiona and Delilah will become fast friends. Not so sure how Delilah will react to a 17-year-old cat, however.

The real reason this call was destined to happen? Anne’s middle name is “St. John.”


2 Comments on “New Curate!”

  1. Barbara Baxter says:

    Congratulations! Surely this was “providential,” and Mother Ann will be a great asset to St. John’s. Does she pronounce her middle name as the Brits do? She must have a great sense of humour — after all, she must be able to carry on with you! Very happy for all of you!

  2. Father Tim says:

    Thanks, Barbara. “Put up with” might be a better term than “carry on with” but it should be a lot of fun.

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