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St. Thomas Hires the Rev. Kathleen Bean as Associate Rector
I am pleased to announce that the vestry and I, in consultation with Bishop Brian, have called the Rev. Kathleen Bean to serve as Associate Rector of St. Thomas Church effective June 30, 2019. Kathleen has served as an intern at St. Thomas for the past six months and joyfully accepts this new call. Kathleen’s photo and bio are attached.
The vestry and I have discussed hiring an Associate Rector for years and those conversations intensified in recent months, well before I announced I was leaving. It has become clear to the vestry that St. Thomas has grown to a point that hiring an Associate Rector will not only be helpful for the next Rector, but will also strengthen the many ministries currently underway.
Kathleen is a mature presence in the parish and an articulate writer and preacher. Kathleen is also an excellent listener and a sensitive pastor. She has particular gifts in the areas of retreat facilitation and small group development that will deepen the spiritual life of the parish. As an added bonus, now that I am leaving, Kathleen will be able to offer consistency for the parish as an Interim Priest comes on board later in the summer and a search is undertaken for a new Rector.
Kathleen will be working 30 hours per week and will serve at the direction of the Rector, Interim Priest, or Vestry in the absence of a clergy leader. Kathleen will not play a role in the search for a new Rector, nor will she be eligible to be considered for the roles of Interim Priest or Rector. In addition, once a new Rector is hired, that person will have the freedom and responsibility to structure the staff as she or he sees fit; Kathleen understands this process and is looking forward to partnering with clergy and lay leaders to advance the strategic vision of the parish.
Kathleen is having outpatient back surgery on May 9 and may not be present in the parish until her work begins in late June. The Bishop of California has given Bishop Brian permission to ordain Kathleen to the priesthood, probably at the same time that Wayne is ordained (God willing and the people consenting), so watch for upcoming ordination announcements.
In accepting this call, Kathleen writes, “I answer this sacred call with joy, excitement, gratitude and humility. I’ve come to know the people of St. Thomas as deeply faithful. What a gift to begin my priestly ministry among you, especially at this time of discerning what new thing God has in store! I look forward to journeying with you, with a strong back and open heart.”
The vestry and I are so pleased to welcome Kathleen to her new role and we can’t wait for you to get to know her better in the months and years ahead.