Welcome to St. Francis by the Sea
"Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your
journey of faith, you are welcome here, at God's table."
WE HAVE CALLED A PRIEST, AND HE HAS ANSWERED, "YES!!!!"
After careful deliberation, prayer, and meeting in person with candidates we came to our decision, made our recommendation to the Vestry, and the Vestry has called: Father Douglas A. Beck.
Father Douglas offers the kind of prayerful, pastorally strong leadership that we wanted for St Francis by the Sea. He has worked in a number of different capacities within the Episcopal church since 2006. He holds Master’s degrees from Divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology in Nova Scotia where he was valedictorian and one in music from The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He was ordained in 2019 and immediately he served in The Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Most recently he has served both Trinity in Castine and St Augustine's in Dover - Foxcroft Maine.
Prior to ordination he held positions at:
~ Virginia theological seminary
~ He was choirmaster St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia
~ He was worked at the Bangor theological seminary;
~ He currently holds positions within our diocese organizing clergy retreats and is involved in clergy formation.
~ He is the current co-chair of the diocesan Clergy Formation Committee.
~ He has recently been elected by the diocese as our regional rep to Diocesan Council, a term that begins this December.
~ He is an oblate in the Episcopal monastic order of Julian of Norwich
He has worshipped with us at St Francis in the past, and has been our substitute organist and Choir director on occasion. He said that St. Francis already feels like home to him and his husband, Tom.
He is a calm, deliberative, prayerful leader who listens with intentional presence.
We can’t wait to welcome him again as our full time Rector in January, 2024!
We are a welcoming, engaged and diverse community of faith dedicated to the spiritual, physical and social well being of ourselves and our neighbors. Whoever you are, whatever your beliefs, come explore and experience with us the mystery of God’s love.
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