August 14, 2016
Dear Trinity Family,
Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us that “for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
Regretfully, I write to inform you that effective September 11th, 2016 I will conclude my tenure here at Trinity as your Assistant Rector. This is a decision not made lightly but prayerfully. I love my ministry here and everyone I have had the privilege to accompany on life’s transitions. Yet, I feel called now to step out in faith and lead a congregation myself. Effective October 1st, 2016 I will be appointed the Priest in Charge at Grace Episcopal Church in the Parkville section of Hartford.
Thank you for the opportunity to share in the ministry of Trinity on the Green over the past twenty-one months. During this time, I had the opportunity to truly live into my priesthood, and understand the complexities of a program-sized parish. At times it was difficult to understand the full scope of the ministry of a parish as large and as dynamic as Trinity. Yet, I had the opportunity to pastorally journey with many of you. What a blessing it has been to have this time of training and trying on new things with you in the parish and in the city of New Haven.
Thank you also for the care offered to me during my mother’s unexpected passing just two weeks into my ministry with you. Please know that I will be forever indebted to you for the care offered me.
Again, thank you and may God continue to bless all of you.
From our rector and wardens:
We are writing to inform you of an upcoming transition on our clergy team. Earlier this summer, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bishop Laura Ahrens asked our Trinity Assistant Rector, The Rev. Rowena Kemp, to accept a call to be the Priest in Charge of Grace Episcopal Church in Hartford. With much consideration and thoughtful prayer, Rowena has decided that she is ready for this new challenge in her growth as a priest and has accepted the position. Rowena’s last Sunday at Trinity Church will be Sunday, September 11th and she will begin her ministry at Grace Episcopal Church on October 1st.
Rowena’s ministry at Trinity has been one of inspiration and love. We are sincerely grateful to her for the many opportunities she has provided all of us as we grow in faith, work, and love. We will miss Rowena very much. Her kind presence at so many Trinity functions, her well-delivered sermons, and her generous pastoral care are only some of the testaments to the difference Rowena’s ministry has made in our lives.
We offer heartfelt congratulations to her. Her call to be Priest in Charge is a confirmation of her growing excellence and we wish her all the best as she shares her kind personhood and many talents with her new parishioners at Grace Episcopal Church.
We will celebrate her ministry at our Parish Picnic on September 11th. May God continue to bless Rowena and her compassionate, loving ministry.
Lisa Omark, Senior Warden
Charlotte Rea, Junior Warden
The Rev. Luk De Volder, Rector