Dear Saint Ann's Parish Family,

 

In May of 2011, I accepted the Vestry's invitation to become the 6th Rector of Saint Ann's Parish beginning August 1, 2011.  What an honor it has been to be with you over these past seven years. I now have submitted, and the vestry accepted my resignation as your rector, concluding my ministry with you on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018.

 

The decision to resign is a difficult one. I love the people, the work, and the community of Saint Ann's Parish and our witness in the region, and the world. That said, God is calling me into a new ministry at this current time - the care and love of my family as a primary focus for my life and work. This is God's call, and I am ready for the new and rewarding spiritual journey ahead. Regretfully, given the concerns of my family at this time, I do not have the dedicated focus to serve as the Rector you need or I expect of myself. As I come into these final months, I shall work to help us offer thanksgiving and celebration for our years together, giving the Vestry and the Episcopal Church in CT time to put a plan for moving Saint Ann's onward.  You will hear more about the specifics of the transition process in due course. I have great confidence in your love for God in Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit for the days ahead as our parish is secure and the opportunity for growth is ripe.

 

As I look back over my years of ordained ministry, I feel very blessed. Serving as your rector has been a great and blessed honor. I have witnessed first hand that, "love and care, in sickness and in health", is a two way street. You have displayed the continued joy and attention which comes to others with being part of Jesus community of restoration and renewal. Serving Saint Ann's parish, and the community at large has been a significant and rewarding experience for me. As I bring my years of full-time parish ministry to a fitting close,  I never anticipated the emotions I would feel at this time. You are an extraordinary people.

 

Eleanor and I plan on staying here in Old Lyme for the days ahead. My calling to serve God in the community of Christ's Body is affirmed and strengthened by having been on this journey with you. I am ever grateful for our time together, and for our continuing bonds of love, friendship and prayers that ground us in the love of Jesus.

 

During my tenure as your Rector, I have appreciated the collegiality and support of our Bishops, the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, and The Rt. Rev. Laura Ahrens, and fellow presbyters in the councils of the Church. I shall deeply miss working with all who make Saint Ann's the community it is, especially our staff:  Kathy, Dan, Madhu, and Hector. I value highly my time with the Wardens, Treasurers, Clerks, and Vestry over these years.  Each of you is a capable leader and loving member of the body of Christ. With heartfelt gratitude for the honor and privilege of serving God with you, I thank you and God in Jesus our risen Lord.

Gratefully,

Mark