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This Week at St. Patrick's May 8, 2019

Posted by The Rev. Dr. Kurt Gerhard on

From the Rector

Happy Easter! I am attending the annual clergy conference of the Diocese of Washington this week. We have heard from speakers how important it is to focus our ministry on growing spiritual lives. I am thankful to serve at St. Patrick’s where “grow” is one of the three words that best defines our mission.

The four catalysts for spiritual growth (according to the research) are:

  • Engagement with Scripture
  • Transforming power of the Eucharist
  • A deepening prayer life
  • The heart of the leader

I will be spending time on my upcoming sabbatical reflecting on new ways to build on our need to deepen our spiritual lives. I hope that you will, too. Let me know your thoughts on how we might do this better.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we say goodbye to our two seminarians. Michael Palmisano and Yoimel Gonzalez will both graduate next week and will embark on new ministries. Michael will be serving at Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and Yoimel will be "keeping it in the family" at St. Alban's Church on Wisconsin Avenue (St. Patrick's began as a mission chapel of St. Alban's in 1911)! 
 
Walk in love as Christ loves us,

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