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St Clement's Episcopal Church

Alleluia! I was honored and privileged to announce the appointment of our new Priest-in-Charge, The Rev. Kenneth J. Katona, at both services on July 30. Just about everyone who has been involved in this process for the past year, from the Vestry, Profile Committee, and Applicant Review Committee, was able to share in the announcement. Father Kenn is currently vicar of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Casa Grande, Arizona.

While we celebrated on Sunday to hear of his appointment by Bishop Beisner, the people of St. Peter’s were saddened to hear that he is leaving them. Kenn and his wife, Theresa, are moving to Sacramento for her job, a new venture with the McClatchy Company (owner of the Sacramento Bee). Let’s all remember to pray for the people of St. Peter’s and for Kenn and Theresa in their transition. Kenn is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and earned a Master’s of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2014. He felt called to the priesthood for years before he went to seminary, and was director of youth and family ministries at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, Arizona from 2008-2012.

Bishop Beisner reminded us in the process “It’s not about the priest, it’s about our mission.” The Vestry believes Fr. Kenn is the kind of priest who will help us fulfill our mission to know God, to love God, and to make God’s love known.

He has led impressive growth at St. Peter’s and can help us reach out and grow. Last autumn, the Profile Committee listed the gifts and skills essential to the future leaders of St. Clement’s as: dedicated, cooperative, outgoing, enthusiastic, motivated, creative. We believe Kenn is all that and more. He is young, energetic, very outgoing, and looks forward to getting involved in the community. One of his references named his greatest strength as “He really loves Jesus.” It is hard to say much more than that about a spiritual leader.

His first Sunday will be October 1 and he will be three-quarter time. He will probably make changes, but always for a reason. He loves music and was attracted to St. Clement’s by our Ukupalians. We never know where outreach will lead! You will be hearing much more about Fr. Katona in the weeks ahead.

In other Vestry news: Last month, I asked for someone to lead the Founders Day picnic, September 16, and the Daughters of the King stepped forward. Thank you, DOK!

Sign-up clipboards are in the narthex. However, if you don’t sign up, you will still be welcome. So are your friends and relatives.

We did not have a regular Vestry meeting in July; instead we met with Bishop Beisner for discernment about the call. We will have our regular meeting on August 13. Thank you for your continued prayers and support of the Vestry and of St. Clement’s.

See you in church!

Janelle Fallan