With the invaluable assistance of Senior Warden Bonnie Katusich and parishioner Ann Truehart (who joined me in staffing a “search committee”), I am pleased to announce that I have called and hired a new Parish Administrator.  Beau Bowler (pronounced like the hat or one who rolls at ten pins) has agreed to serve in this lynchpin ministry.

Beau has 13 years of experience as a parish administrator and business manager.  He currently holds this position with our friends at Sts. James and Andrew, Greenfield; and we will share Beau’s time with them.  Beau is familiar with the church and with the Episcopal Church’s liturgical and organizational particularities, which is a great asset.  He is also highly conversant with all the computer programs that are part and parcel of contemporary office and administrative work.

Beau will start with us next Tuesday, and for the time being his schedule will bring him to the office Tuesday through Thursday afternoons (a timetable with which we are already familiar).  Under the best of circumstances, dealing with a transition like this one is intensive.  There is much to learn about how things work at St. Philip’s (or don’t work!); but these pandemic times are far short of the best of times.  Our office will continue to be closed, for instance, which makes establishing relationships with one another and the regular responsibilities and rhythms of the office more difficult to tend to.  Yet, life and our work will go on –more remotely than personally for the near term.  More details about office hours and contact information will follow.

In the meantime, when you have the chance (most likely remotely), welcome Beau.  Keep him, the other staff members (Karen, David, and Jason) and me in your prayers for a fruitful transition and for a partnership that serves the life, ministry, and mission of St. Philip’s.