... at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Simi Valley California I was ordained a deacon the church of God by the Right Reverend Frederick Houk Borsch, then Bishop of Los Angeles.
I could neither have asked for nor imagined either the challenges or the opportunities these last 12 years have offered on that June afternoon at St. Francis. I know I felt on that day that I had come to the end of a long and winding road called "the discernment process" but, in reality, it was just the beginning -- and the discernment never stops!
It has been an extraordinary privilege to be called into this ministry at this time in this diocese in this church. I feel tonight -- after a yet-another very long and VERY wonderful Sunday at All Saints Church -- the most blessed of women.
There will be time enough soon enough to get back to all the things that need sorted out, reflected upon, challenged, organized, sermonized and otherwise acted upon.
Tonight I'm grateful for the grace just to be grateful for the privilege of serving God in this church -- and for all those who share the joy of this work and witness.