Haley Dettra Named Head Sacristan
I’m very excited to welcome Haley Dettra to the staff of Saint Michael and All Angels as our new Head Sacristan.
What, you may ask, is a “head sacristan”? The ministry of sacristans has been recognized in the church for many hundreds of years, and has most often involved oversight of the appurtenances needed for corporate worship. Additionally, sacristans help coordinate the efforts of others whose ministries contribute to corporate worship, including clergy, acolytes, musicians, and all who help enrich the worship of the church.
Who, you may ask, is Haley Dettra? Haley comes to us having served faithfully in a variety of capacities for many years. Her background in liturgical planning, in volunteer recruitment and support, and in event planning and coordination will all be of great service to Saint Michael as we continue to cultivate opportunities for meaningful and transformative worship.
I hope you have an opportunity to meet Haley and welcome her to Saint Michael, and encourage you to contact her or me if you’d like to explore the possibility of being part of the worship ministries at Saint Michael.
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Grosso
Associate for Worship & Liturgy
I'm excited to join the Saint Michael team as Head Sacristan. As a lifelong Episcopalian, I discovered my love for serving in ministry as a teen while participating in my church's Confirmation program. I have served as an acolyte, lay reader, lay Eucharistic minister, on the altar guild, and on several diocesan, provincial, and national church committees.
For the past ten years, I was on the ministry staff at Church of the Incarnation in various roles including coordinating traditional worship services and serving on the leadership team as Director of Resource Management and Special Projects. Prior to that, I spent five years at Washington National Cathedral coordinating worship services, event logistics, and worship volunteers. Fun fact: I met my husband at the National Cathedral while collaborating on the creation of the daily Evensong bulletin.
In the evenings and on weekends, I enjoy spending time with my husband of twelve years and enthusiastically supporting my 9-year-old daughter in her various extracurricular activities.
I look forward to starting this new chapter of ministry and getting to know and work with the dedicated staff and faithful parishioners of Saint Michael.
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