Welcome to Our New Rector (August 14th - August 21st, 2017)


The Wardens and Vestry of The Episcopal Church of St. Benedict are excited to announce the calling of the Reverend Barbara Harrison Seward to be our next rector. An insightful, inclusive leader, and currently a priest at St. Bride’s Episcopal Church in Oregon, Illinois, Rev. Barbara Seward will join us on August 14, 2017.

In summing up their faith in Reverend Seward – or Mother Barbara as she will soon become known – as the right person to lead St. Benedict forward as rector, members of the Transition Team praised her thoughtful and prayerful approach to her ministry; her communication skills and style; her intelligence and insight; and her sensitive understanding of what makes St. Benedict special and distinctive.   The vestry has met with Rev. Seward and whole-heartedly supports the recommendation of our Transition Team.

Rev. Seward comes to us from St. Bride’s Episcopal Church in Oregon, Illinois, where she has been serving as their priest-in-charge for two years.  Mother Barbara has also served in Episcopal churches in Minnesota and Virginia and she is currently serving on the Diocese of Chicago’s College of Congregational Development.  Having graduated from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and the Virginia Theological Seminary, she was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 2013.  Rev. Seward also holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing education and economics from Fayetteville State University, as well as a master of science degree in marketing and communications from Johns Hopkins University.

Now, in anticipation of joining St. Benedict as rector, Mother Barbara is expressing her thought directly to the parish in a letter.  She writes, “I am honored to join your family, and I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you. Although my arrival is not until August 14th, I am already praying for our time together as companions and as ministers in the world around us.”

Categories Events | Tags: | Posted on July 10, 2017

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