It is with great pleasure that I announce that we will have not one, but two seminarians at St. Anne’s this program year. As I wrote in an article last spring, Will Drosos, a candidate for holy orders will begin in August. You will hear more from him soon.
We also welcome a returning member of the community who has served as a deacon in the diocese and was raised up from this parish, The Rev. Deacon Edith Woodling. She will be a wonderful addition to our team and will focus her ministry in pastoral care. Edith is joining Will as a student at Candler School of Theology as she continues to discern God’s call in her ministry. Below is a note from Edith.
Dear Saint Anne’s,
I am “home” after being away from St. Anne’s for 25 years. When I walk into the nave of the church, all the years melt away, and my heart fills with love and gratitude for this sacred space, this sacred place, and for the wonderful people of St. Anne’s.
I return as a seminarian. You may have thought that I accomplished that scholarly task many years ago, but now, I believe, is the right time to deepen my studies, discern my call from God in the next decade of my life, and walk further along the path of my spiritual journey as a minister in God’s Holy Church.
For those of you who do not know me from past years, I have been ordained as a deacon in the Church for 26 years and have served as the deacon in a servant ministry role at Saint Anne’s (for just one year), Christ Church – Norcross, Saint Martin’s in the Fields, and Saint Benedict’s in Smyrna. I also was the Chaplain at Saint Martin’s Episcopal School for 10 years.
I am grateful and blessed to be able to be with you. I look forward to meeting all the new folks and catching up with old friends.
The Reverend Edith W. Woodling