New Rector Announced!

August 14, 2022

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The Vestry is delighted to announce that it extended a call to The Rev. Virginia Army to be the next Rector of St. Andrew’s and that she has accepted.  Virginia will serve half-time and will begin October 1.  Her official title will be Priest-in-Charge, which is the title for all part-time clergy.

Virginia is no stranger to us.  She and her husband Tom have been St. Andrew’s parishioners for the past six months and she has served as celebrant at numerous Sunday services while Norman has been on leave.  We know her well for her warm, guiding hand and her thoughtful and moving sermons. 

 

Virginia has a depth of experience.  From 2008 to 2021, she was Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Vernon, CT where she transformed a struggling parish into a vibrant and financially sound one.  From 1993 to 2008, she was Director of Pastoral Care and Volunteer Services for Day Kimball Hospital and Hospice of Northeast Connecticut and Hospice of Northeastern CT, where she pursued an abiding passion for pastoral care, dignity in dying, and empowering meaningful volunteer work.  During those years, she simultaneously served as Priest Associate at Christ Church in Pomfret, CT.  From 1983 to 1990 she was Chaplain and Theology Department Teacher and Chair at the Kent School in Kent, CT. 

 

Virginia graduated from Wesleyan University in 1979 and from Yale Divinity School in 1982.  She was ordained a priest in 1993.

 

Virginia lives in Little Compton with her husband Thomas (Tom). F. Army, Jr., Ph.D, who is a Professor of History at a university and a community college in CT.  They have five adult daughters and two granddaughters.

 

St. Andrew’s is truly blessed.  At a time when clergy seeking new positions are scarce, Norman emerged and has led us through the transition with his wisdom and inspiring spiritual commitment.  Now, Virginia will soon join us, continuing that leadership and bringing a vision and manner that the Vestry believes will further energize St. Andrew’s.  

 

Welcome Virginia.  Thank you Norman.  And thank you to our Search Committee who presented Virginia to us.

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Charles Findlay, Senior Warden