We will observe the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi and the ceremony of the Blessing of the Animals at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, October 2.
We begin the liturgy outside on the the porch and front steps with all the neighborhood pets in attendance, and make our way into the church for Eucharist after the blessings.
We welcome the Rev. Jill L. McNish, Ph.D. on September 18. She will be assisting at the Sunday liturgies on a part time basis. Jill graduated from Union Theological Seminary and was ordained in the Diocese of Newark in 1997 after a career practicing law. After serving parishes and teaching pastoral theology in New York and New Jersey, she came to the Diocese of Pennsylvania in 2011 and served for five years as rector of Saint Stephen’s, Clifton Heights.
Among other works she is the author of the highly regarded book, Transforming Shame: A Pastoral Response. Jill is the mother of two adult daughters who reside in New Jersey and the recent proud grandmother of baby Olivia. She resides in Haverford with her wife Clare Yellin.
Greetings Saint Luke & The Epiphany!
I am beginning my first year at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in the Master of Divinity program and am a candidate for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
I’m from Bemidji, Minnesota, a small city located about an hour south of the Canadian border, the first city on the Mississippi River. I’ve been married for just over a year to a wonderful woman who will join me here when she completes the masters program in Fisheries Biology at Bemidji State University in December.
I enjoy reading, camping, cooking creative vegetarian meals, exploring new places (like Philadelphia!) mindfulness meditation, gardening, and getting to know new friends over coffee. I look forward to worshipping with you this year as well as getting to know many of you as we grow in faith together.