Rev. Greg Pickens Granted Sabbatical
Noralyn, Annie, and I have been a part of Saint Michael and All Angels since November of 2011. These years have been wonderfully productive and enjoyable. This parish has loved us as much as we have loved you and together we have labored to make continual improvements to our parish and our ministries.
Many of you know that our parish leadership has granted me a sabbatical from August 1 to October 31, 2019. A sabbatical, for a priest, is a focused time away from the parish for creative exploration and respite. It provides the opportunity for a priest to learn and enhance skills that will be directly applicable to ministry in the parish setting. A sabbatical is also used to refresh the relationship with one’s family and renew important friendships.
The sabbatical project I will be working on with Noralyn over this time will offer the opportunity to renew our already strong ministry of premarriage at Saint Michael. Together, we will get to know and interview the pastoral teams of three Episcopal parishes in distinct cultural regions of the United States. After our interviews, Noralyn and I will collate our information and synthesize our findings into our ministry at Saint Michael.
The Rector has asked Rene’ Somodevilla to work with Katherine Bowen to provide the same wonderful support for which the Pastoral Care Team is known.
The Reverend Greg Pickens
Associate for Pastoral Care
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