New Interim Priest

Bishop Melissa, at the request of St. Stephen’s Canonical committee, is pleased to appoint the Rev. Dr. April Stanley at Interim Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen’s effective November 1st. She will continue in the position until the Canonical Committee completes its search process for a new Vicar.

Here’s a short message from The Rev. April:

I am very pleased to be coming on board this November as the Priest in Charge at St. Stephen Martyr. Your wardens have asked for a short paragraph about me.

I was ordained in Edmonton in 1991 and have been in this Diocese since 1994. I did my Mdiv at VST and have completed six units of chaplaincy training. For some people I am most well known for starting the Labyrinth Project at St. Paul’s in the West End. I continue to do Labyrinth workshops. I have been doing interim work since 2004 and this will be my fifth interim. Most recently I was at a near neighbour of yours, St. Laurence, Coquitlam.

In 2005, I took a year to do my course work for a Doctor of Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California and then wrote my thesis on creativity as a spiritual practice. Even though these are difficult times for mainline churches, I think it is an exciting and dynamic time as well as we work toward connecting to the core of what it means to be a Christian in this 21st century. I am looking forward to meeting you all and being with your parish as you complete the Parish Profile and call a new Rector.

About St Stephen the Martyr Anglican

St. Stephen the Martyr is a multicultural congregation, with members representing several ethnic groups, races and cultures. The congregation gathers for worship at 10 am on Sundays and church festivals, to celebrate Holy Eucharist and engage in Christian formation.
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