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.