GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
Last week we learned that Clara King, our Associate Priest, will be leaving us to become the Incumbent of her own parish—St. George’s Anglican Church in Northwest Calgary—effective October 1st. While we are saddened by her departure, it was inevitable from the start that one day she would leave us to take up a ministry of her own.
Clara came to us as a recent graduate of the Vancouver School of Theology … and as a church member sitting in the pews. She was uncertain at that point whether she would be ordained. But Clara’s abundant gifts and exuberant personality could not be hidden under a bushel basket and it was not long before the Bishop of Calgary ordained her first, in 2012, a deacon and then, in 2013, a priest and appointed her as Assistant Curate at St. Stephen’s.
A curacy in modern times is like an apprenticeship, where a new ordinand applies his or her theological education to a supervised ministry in a parish church. It is understood that, as the ordinand grows in skill and in confidence, they will one day be given the responsibility of a ministry on their own, either in another parish or in a clinical pastoral setting like a hospital or nursing home.
We will have the opportunity to express our thanks to Clara on her last Sunday, September 27th. We have been well blessed by her ministry in our midst and she will go with our love and our prayers.