Telling Our Stories
Bishop Lee has called the Rev. Victor H. Conrado as associate for ministries following a national search led by the Rev. Andrea Mysen that began in March. Conrado replaces Mysen, who was promoted to be director of ministries in February.
Conrado is currently associate rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, where he has served since 2011 when he joined that parish as assistant rector for Spanish-language ministries. He was received into the Episcopal Church in 2011 after having served as a Roman Catholic missionary priest in Kenya since 2001.
When Leah Romanelli arrived at Christ Church, Winnetka, in 2014, it seemed that, other than the youth choir, young people existed on the periphery of church life.
“Before I got there, nobody was really paying attention to the kids,” says Romanelli, who was hired as the church’s first formal youth minister. “People kept saying to me, ‘Good luck getting the kids here!’ I looked around at the congregation, and they were there, sitting in the pews, but it’s just that nobody noticed them. A large part of my job has been shining a big spotlight on the congregation and saying, ‘They are here! Notice them! Engage with them!’”
The spring Bishop’s Appeal exceeded its goal of $90,000, Shay Craig, associate for resource development, announced on Wednesday.
The campaign, which began after Easter, and concluded on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, raised $94,425, said Craig. The yearly goal for the appeal is $180,000, and a campaign to reach the total will begin in Advent.
In future years, Craig intends to conduct even more of the appeal’s fundraising during the spring, since many congregations hold stewardship campaigns during the fall.
Brent House, the Episcopal campus ministry at the University of Chicago, has been awarded a grant of $29,300 by the Episcopal Church. The funds will support an initiative at Brent House and several other campus ministries to introduce college students to the spirituality and prayer practices of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. The grant is one of three leadership grants given through the church’s 2017 Young Adult and Campus Ministry grant process.
The Rev. Stacy Alan, Brent House chaplain, says the program, which will include a series of retreats and facilitated small prayer groups, builds on the informal Ignatian programs that Brent House already offers.
Next week, Anglican leaders from across the globe will travel to the Nicholas Center at St. James Commons in Chicago for a meeting of the board of governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome and its American friends group.
On Friday at 5:30 pm, St. James Cathedral will host a choral Evensong for the visitors. The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, bishop of Chicago, will officiate at the service, which is open to the public, and a reception in the Kyle’s Place gallery at St. James Commons will follow. (All are welcome to attend, please RSVP online.)