Christian Basel Named Curate
I’m so pleased to announce that we have called Christian Basel to be our next Curate. Traditionally, a curate is a newly ordained clergyperson who spends time assisting more experienced priests in the work of a parish. In this role, Christian will gain wide experience across all ministry areas including Formation, Worship and Liturgy, Mission and Outreach, and particularly Pastoral Care. We expect him to arrive in early June.
Christian comes from a military family, and having been born in Aberdeen, Scotland, he spent most of his formative years at the US Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This upbringing gave him an appreciation for experiencing and learning about other cultures that he has carried with him to this day. He attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, and then continued with studies at the Citadel Graduate College in Charleston where he received an MA in Latin American & Caribbean History. A sense of service led him to join the South Carolina Highway Patrol in 2011 where he served for four years. Being a Trooper was a rewarding experience, with many experiences, big and small, of helping others in a time of need and crisis. This same sense of service led him back to studies at the Graduate School at the College of Charleston, receiving an MA in Middle Grades Teaching. It was during this time that he also served as Assistant for Youth and Communications at Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston for three and a half years and where he discerned his call to ordained ministry.
Earlier this month, Christian received his Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and, God willing, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate on May 30. Please join me in a giving thanks for our future, and please keep Christian in your prayers as he begins a new chapter of his ministry with us!
With great hope,
The Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata
Dear Saint Michael and All Angels,
I am excited to join you this June and look forward to getting to know you and be part of your wonderful community. Texas will be a new experience for me, and I bring with me a love of the outdoors and exploring natural areas, historical sites, and a love of the arts, especially brushing up on up on classical piano and painting religious icons. After spending twelve amazing years in Charleston, SC, I am eager to learn what Texas BBQ is all about and all that Dallas has to offer. I hope to grow and learn in ministry as Curate and give God thanks for the ability to do so at Saint Michael and All Angels with you all. You are in my prayers as and I look forward to seeing you soon!
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