Staff Departure: The Rev. Dr. Eric J. Liles
I write to you with the news that the Rev. Dr. Eric Liles will be leaving his position as Associate for Formation at the end of this school year to pursue new ministry opportunities. I am so very grateful for the time we’ve shared with Eric. He has served our Saint Michael community very well for the last four years, and his gifts and skills for ministry will serve him well in his next chapter. Saint Michael has a history of raising up leaders for the broader church, and I am excited to see where the Holy Spirit will lead him next. In early April, we will begin a search for a new Associate for Formation, with the hope of hiring someone in time for the new school year.
Although we can’t have the kind of farewell party I wish we could, you are invited to celebrate Eric’s ministry with a special prayer of thanksgiving and blessing during both morning services on May 16th. Additionally, whenever priests leave a parish, it is customary to make a love offering to them in appreciation for their ministry among us. If you would like to make a contribution to Eric’s gift, please make your check payable to Saint Michael and designate “Liles Gift” in the memo line, and please send your gift no later than April 30th.
As Eric, Allison, Hill, and Pailet prepare for their next chapter, please join me in giving thanks for their presence among us and lift them up in prayer. Our love and support go with them!
The Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata
Dear Saint Michael Family,
I write to you today announcing my departure from the church staff at the end of this school year. I’m so grateful for the nearly four years of ministry together. Thank you for all the ways you have supported me, along with Allison, Hill and Pailet. Thank you for the growth we experienced together. Thank you for your questions, your spiritual curiosity, your hunger to be fed by God’s Word and to feed others. Thank you to our amazing clergy for the collegiality, discussions, trust, and prayer. Thank you to our Rector, Chris, for entrusting me with the Formation department. Thank you to our Vice Rector, Ken, for his leadership and support. Thank you to our awesome Formation team for the fun, laughter, and meaningful work together: Jill, Hannah, Chase, Tiffany, Madelyn, Regan, and Mary. Thank you to the Adult Formation Task Force for all their hard work and counsel, especially Kathy Hayes and Elizabeth Lang. Thank you to the Men of Saint Michael for the joy and depth of our studies. Thank you all for your faithfulness to Christ and commitment to discipleship. Your generosity, especially during this past most difficult year, is an inspiration to me and to the wider Church. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to serve as Chaplain to Saint Michael Episcopal School.
The Liles family will spend the month of June ministering at the Chapel of the Transfiguration in Grand Teton National Park. The rest of the summer and fall hold untold possibilities and opportunities. We are excited for the next chapter of ministry and grateful for this one as it comes to an end.
The Rev. Dr. Eric J. Liles
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