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January 21, 2018: Meet our New Deacon Seminarian

By Leslie Krauland

I recently learned that the church in which I grew up, historic St. Mary’s in Old Town, Alexandria, has been designated by the Vatican as a basilica.  “Wow!,” I thought.  This beautiful, family-oriented church I have known for half a century will begin to attract pilgrims from far and wide. Although it will change from the familiar, local place it once was, change is natural, necessary, and inevitable.  St. Mary’s is blessed to manifest the Holy Spirit at work, infusing new life there.

While growing up in Alexandria I attended public, Catholic, and Episcopal schools.  Following graduation from Mount Holyoke College I lived and worked in the former Soviet Union as a nanny for one year.  Back in the States, I worked as a legal assistant and earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Catholic University.  I was received into the Episcopal Church at St. Patrick’s, Foxhall, and have been a member there with my family for 29 years.  My husband, Ed, and my four boys (William, 22; Sam, 20; James, 17; and Edward, 14) and I lived for 21 years in University Park, MD.  We often participated in the worship and community life of St. Andrew’s, College Park when the boys were younger.

Although I have always been involved in community service and found it very rewarding, I began to feel a need for greater spiritual community engagement.  When the chance arose, I began to study Education for Ministry at St. Andrew’s and at St. John’s, Norwood to expand my knowledge about ministry.  In 2012 I joined the EDOW Diocesan Retreat Committee and became involved in the rewarding ministry of silent retreats.  Then, in September 2015, I learned that EDOW was beginning a revival of the diaconal ministry.  Immediately I knew this was for me.  Since then, I’ve been on a journey of deep reflection, study, and service.

I’m thrilled and blessed to have arrived at All Souls to be with you in this final stage of my formation.  A bit like my childhood church, I leave behind the familiar to enter a new public role of ministry. I welcome the change.  I pray that I may be able to enhance your experience and love of God in church and the world as we worship and work together.

Last Published: January 18, 2018 11:40 AM
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