our parish in transition
In September 2015, the Rev. Michael Ray retired after 30 years as Rector of St. Thomas’s. Since then, we have begun a process of discernment about our parish and where God is guiding us. When a Rector retires after a long tenure, and when a parish faces particular challenges, the Diocese of Connecticut recommends that the parish spend three to five years with a Priest-in-Charge before calling a new Rector. As the Diocese explains it, “the ministry of the Priest-in-Charge is to help the parish explore who they are, where they are going and what type of leadership is needed for the congregation to move into a new future.” (Read more about the process on the website of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.)
In November 2015, in consultation with our vestry and school leadership, Bishop Ian Douglas appointed the Rev. Keri Aubert as Priest-in-Charge of St. Thomas’s. Since then, she, the vestry, and the congregation have been working on a set of goals for the Priest-in-Charge period and will be implementing those goals over the next three to five years. We hope to conclude that period with a clear sense of our future mission and a sound, sustainable plan for our next Rector. Whether you are a longtime parishioner or new to St. Thomas’s, we welcome your participation in this exciting endeavor.