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Welcoming the Rev. Neil Raman

I am so pleased to announce that Bishop Johnson has appointed the Rev. Neil Raman to serve as curate at Calvary Episcopal Church, beginning this summer. Neil will come to us from the Diocese of Long Island, where he has already been ordained to the transitional diaconate, and we anticipate that he will be ordained to the priesthood later in the summer. He will graduate from the School of Theology at the University of the South in the next few weeks, and we will welcome Neil to Calvary on Sunday, May 29, with a special reception for him in the Great Hall following the 10 a.m. worship service.

The Rev. Neil K. Raman is a senior at the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. During his time in seminary, he served as seminarian and deacon at St. James Episcopal Church in Midway, Tennessee. A native of East Islip, New York, Neil received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Chicago. After college, Neil worked as a private tutor in the Long Island area and planted a campus ministry. Prior to seminary, he was a member of St. Hilda’s House, an Episcopal Service Corps site in New Haven, Connecticut, and served as parish administrator at Christ Church in New Haven. Neil has a love for teaching, church history, and the liturgy. He is an avid reader, a double bassist, and loves to cook.

Neil is engaged to Elizabeth Gassler; they plan to marry in early 2017. Elizabeth serves on Bishop Johnson’s staff at the diocesan office. She also is pursuing a graduate degree in musicology at the University of Memphis and maintains a private cello studio. Elizabeth is a member at Grace-St. Luke’s and will be around Calvary occasionally.

Neil will serve as a curate at Calvary for two years. The term "curate" is one of those great Anglican words that is simply the title given to a priest in their first position out of seminary. One’s curacy is meant to be a broad exposure to the complexity of the priesthood. Neil is a gifted teacher and pastor and among his many duties, will focus much of his efforts on our formation and education ministries. We have the great opportunity to play a vital role in Neil’s life as he begins his ordained ministry.

Please join me in praying for Neil as he finishes seminary and prepares to move to Memphis, and please make sure to join us on Sunday, May 29, for his welcome party!

In peace and gratitude,

The Rev. Christopher D. Girata, Rector
Posted by Christopher Girata at 10:27 AM
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