4 April 2020 

Dear People of St. Paul’s,

           I’m delighted to announce that the Rev. Katie Holicky has accepted the position at St. Paul’s as assistant rector for children and youth. Pastor Katie was ordained to the priesthood in St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland in February this year and has been working as an assistant to the Rev. Larry Weeks, rector of Trinity and St. Peter’s in Portland. Previously, Katie worked as Christian Formation Director at St. Alban’s in Cape Elizabeth.

            Katie received her Masters of Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has been working in the area of Christian Formation her entire career since graduating with a degree in Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She grew up in Richmond and has been passionate about justice issues and racial equality throughout her entire life. Her spouse Phil is also from Richmond. 

            The Rev. Katie Holicky will be sharing her farewell with Trinity and St. Peter’s on Easter Sunday in an electronic leave-taking ceremony, and will return for an in-person “good-bye” after the “Stay-at-Home” directive from Governor Mills is lifted.

In the meantime, Katie will be joining St. Paul’s on Monday, April 27, 2020 in an electronic introduction on line. As we will still be under mandated “Stay-at-Home” orders, please stay tuned for more on how we will be connecting with Katie electronically to welcome her. Her first Sunday with us will be May 3.

            My deepest gratitude goes to the vision of our Vestry as they have discerned God’s call and our desire for a full-time assistant rector position for children and youth. Thank you to the congregation for your unflinching commitment to our future formation of families and children by making sure this position is funded. Thank you to the committee that helped interview our candidates, Johanna Wigg, Katy Rivera, Ellen Ranen, Linda Ashe-Ford and Susan Martens. Finally, thanks go to Bishop Brown for his support of our vision and help to fund a portion of this three-year assistant position for St. Paul’s.

            May we all shout, “Alleluia!” And give thanks to God “…from whom all blessings flow…”and whose “….light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” Welcome to Katie and her spouse Phil!

Yours in the love of Christ,

Carolyn+