May 25, 2017
Dear St. Philip’s Parish Family -
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Michelle and I have for the last two months been engaged in a very intentional and prayerful discernment process as my two-year curacy appointment draws to a close. Fr. Mike here at St. Philip’s, Bishop Reed, and Canon Joann Saylors have been extremely gracious and supportive of us during this process. We have felt throughout our discernment that we had the complete support of our parish families here at St. Philip’s, Holy Trinity-Carrizo Springs, and Ascension-Montell, and the complete support of the Diocese of West Texas. We have been given ample time, pastoral support, prayer support, and discernment support throughout this process.
It is with both joy and sadness that I inform you today that I have accepted a call to serve as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sonora, Texas, and as the regular supply priest at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Fort McKavett, Texas. Michelle and I are very excited with this call. We have had wonderful interactions and visits with St. John’s search committee and vestry, and we are joyous for the opportunity to join with them in service to the Lord our God and to our neighbors locally and regionally.
As excited as we are for God’s call to our new ministry, we are sad that our day-to-day ministry here with you will be drawing to a close. We truly value the opportunities we’ve had and blessings we’ve received while living and ministering with you. St. Philip’s is, in a sense, the birthplace of my priestly ministry – I was ordained here and took the first steps of my call to ordained ministry here. My parish family here at St. Philip’s and my parish families at Holy Trinity and at Ascension have been gracious, merciful, formative, supportive, loving, and patient with me – I am blessed by your ministry to me and my family. Michelle and I are truly grateful to the Diocese of West Texas for the vision and support of my curacy, and to our brothers and sisters at St. Philip’s, Holy Trinity and Ascension for your love and support of us.
Attached to this letter is an outline of our timetable for beginning our new ministry with St. John’s and St. James’. We cherish our remaining time here in Uvalde while looking forward to a new phase of our journey, “always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” (Ephesians 5:20)
Yours in Christ,
Timetable for Casey’s and Michelle’s transition to ministry in Sonora:
- Sunday, June 11 – Last Sunday at Holy Trinity-Carrizo Springs and at Ascension-Montell
- Sunday, June 18 – Last Sunday at St. Philip’s-Uvalde
- Monday, June 19 through July 9 – Vacation, visit family, prepare for move, and move
- Monday, July 10 – First day “in the office” at St. John’s-Sonora