Clergy News

Register for Clergy Lent Quiet Days

January 20, 2015

The Clergy Lent Quiet Day will be offered twice this year in hopes of accommodating the schedules of all who wish to participate. We'll gather Tuesday, February 24 and Saturday, March 7, from 9:30 am - 2 pm at St. James Commons. The same program will be presented on both days.

Bishop Lee has invited the Rev. Brian C. Taylor to join us for our Lenten retreat (see profile below).

Please register online using the links below:

Here's an introduction to the retreat theme and our facilitator:

When you Find Yourself in the Thick of It: Prayerfulness and Ministry

Here’s a well-kept secret: clergy often struggle to remain connected with the very source of vitality in their vocation. We make ourselves too busy to pray, or we get bored with how we pray, and so we don’t. And then when we’re in the thick of it - answering endless emails, listening patiently to a dissatisfied parishioner, enduring a conflicted meeting over money - we wonder where that ephemeral “peace of mind that passes all understanding” went. 

This retreat will employ several means to go beyond what we do in ministry to the critical question of how we are in ministry: a model of different spirituality temperaments; a practice of bringing contemplative awareness into everyday situations and thereby transforming them; and times for silence or conversation with colleagues.

Retreat Leader: The Rev. Brian C. Taylor

Brian is the author of several books and numerous articles on faith and practice, and served as the Rector of an Episcopal parish in Albuquerque for 30 years.  He is an experienced leader of retreats, diocesan clergy conferences, and CREDO conferences. Brian is a graduate of the Shalem program for spiritual directors, and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific for contributions to the field of spirituality. He and his wife Susanna moved to Chicago last summer and participate in worship at the Church of the Atonement.

Please contact Vicki Garvey for more information. 

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Memorial Service for the Rev. Alex Seabrook

January 13, 2015

The Rev. Alexander E. Seabrook, age 88, passed away on November 22, 2014. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, several grandchildren and two step-children.  He was born in Vienna, Austria, ordained as an Episcopal Priest in 1954, and served at Christ Episcopal Church in Joliet from 1982-1992. He was a veteran of the U.S. AAF. Learn more.

A memorial service will be held at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Lockport, IL, on Saturday, January 24 at 4 pm.
Category: Transitions

Memorial Service for Bishop William Wiedrich

January 13, 2015

Bishop William Wiedrich, suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chicago from 1991 to 1997, died on November 26, 2014 at his home in an assisted living facility in Michigan. He was 83 and had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for some time. 

Bishop Wiedrich spent the first twenty-five years of his ministry in the Diocese of Northern Michigan. In 1981, he became rector of the historic Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, Wisconsin, and in October of 1990, he was elected bishop suffragan here in Chicago. He was much loved during his time with us.

We give thanks for his service to our diocese and pray for the repose of his soul. We also pray for comfort for his wife, Tress, and his sons, Tom and Bill. Tom and his family are members of Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth.

A memorial service for the  Bishop Wiedrich will be held at St. James Cathedral on February 14 at 11 am.  The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold will preach and preside.

Category: Transitions

Celebration of New Ministry for Kevin Caruso

January 13, 2015

A celebration of new ministry and welcoming of the Rev. Kevin Caruso, the sixteenth rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wheaton, will take place on Thursday February 5 at 7pm. Bishop Jeffery D. Lee will preside and Clare Nolan Long will preach.  There will be a reception to follow in Trinity’s Millett Hall.  No need to RSVP.  If you have any questions please call the parish office at 630-665-1101.  Clergy are invited to vest and process and the festal color is white.

Save the Dates: Clergy Lent Quiet Days

January 07, 2015

The Clergy Lent Quiet Day will be offered twice this year in hopes of accommodating the schedules of all who wish to participate. We'll gather Tuesday, February 24 and Saturday, March 7, at St. James Commons. The same program will be presented on both days.

Bishop Lee has invited the Rev. Brian C. Taylor to join us for our Lenten retreat. He was a longtime priest of the diocese of New Mexico and is the author of several books on spirituality including Spirituality for Everyday Living: An Adaptation of the Rule of St. Benedict and Becoming Human: Core Teachings of Jesus.

Registration information to come soon. Please contact Vicki Garvey for more information.

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