The Rev. Jonathan McManus-Dail to Join our Growing Staff at St. Julian's:
I announced to the church on St. Julian's Feast Day (Sunday, May 5) that we are adding a Curate to our staff on July 1. Knowing that all of us could not be present, I wanted to follow up the announcement with a note about Jonathan's arrival here as well. A Curate is a designation for newly ordained clergy person who is assigned by the Bishop to a parish for their first two years post graduation and ordination. For all practical purposes, it means for us that we are adding a second full time clergy person to our growing staff.
Having said that, a Curacy is an important time of continued learning and formation for a person who is just beginning her or his journey as an ordained person in the Episcopal Church. Which is to say, that we get to help our Curate, Johnathan, continue to hone his skills as a clergy person and help him further grow into this new identity as a priest in the Church of God. Thus, it is a chance for mutual flourishing as we share in Jonathan's on-going formation and we are blessed by his ministry and service among us.
Johnathan is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of Duke Divinity School and is currently completing a Diploma in Anglican Studies at the Seminary of the Southwest (SSW) here in Austin. Jonathan will be graduating this month from SSW and returning to North Carolina in June to be ordained a transitional Deacon. He will, again, then join us officially on July 1. Following six months as a Deacon, we will be blessed to joyfully participate with Jonathan in his ordination to the priesthood at St. Julian's (January-ish).
Jonathan is married to Lizzie McManus-Dail who is the Family Minister at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Westlake. Lizzie is also a graduate of Duke Divinity School and is also in the process for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church.
We will officially welcome Jonathan to St. Julian's on Sunday, June 30 at a luncheon following one Sunday service at 10:30 AM (that Sunday only). He will preach for the first time the following Sunday, July 7 at 9 and 11 AM. As I know June is a busy time for summer travel, I hope everyone in town will make every effort to be present to give Jonathan and Lizzie a warm welcome that morning. We are still determining the areas of ministry that Jonathan will lead among us, but he will very much be a part of the whole of our life together, from teaching and preaching to pastoral care and parish leadership.
We are so blessed to have Jonathan and Lizzie join us. His assignment by the Bishop to St. Julian's is a profound statement that the diocese values all we have accomplished together, and that they want to continue to strongly support us as we seek to grow into a self-sustaining parish of the Episcopal Church. I look forward to welcoming the McManus Dail's to St. Julian's together on June 30.
Peace and Warm Friendship,
Vicar, St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church