Introducing: Our New Rector!

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We are thrilled to announce that The Rev’d Elizabeth Welch has accepted the Bishop’s appointment as Incumbent here at St. George’s.

Elizabeth’s first Sunday with us will be August 13, 2017, and we hope the whole community (regular-attendees or not) will come out to welcome Elizabeth and her family to St. George’s and Victoria.

Elizabeth originally hails from Colorado, but has been living in Montreal for three years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and earned her Masters of Divinity in 2004 at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, member school of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Elizabeth was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of California in 2008. She has served as a hospital chaplain at San Francisco General Hospital, the trauma center for San Francisco, and as a volunteer chaplain with the Episcopal Ministry at Solano/California State Prison in Vacaville, CA, and the San Francisco County Jail system. Her career also included training ministry students in the basic skills of hospital chaplaincy and supported students’ pastoral formation. Elizabeth also supervised and supported the learning and spiritual formation of university students in a special urban studies program. In 2014, Elizabeth moved to Montreal to attend McGill University and complete an M.A. in Religious Studies with Specialization in Biomedical Ethics. Her thesis is titled: “Beyond the ‘right to die’ and the ‘right to life’ debate in Disorders of Consciousness: Re-framing the ethical concerns through the writings of Paul Ricoeur”; it addresses ethical issues related to the care of those with severe brain injuries. She has been serving as the Parish Priest at St. Andrews and St. Mark’s in Dorval (Montreal), Quebec, since December 2014. Rev’d Elizabeth also has a keen interest in environmental issues and has been a chairperson on the Stewardship of the Environment Committee in the Diocese of Montreal.

Rev’d Elizabeth will be moving to Victoria with her wife, Danelle, and their fifteen-year-old daughter, Asha.

The congregation of St. George’s would like to acknowledge the members of the Bishop’s Consultation Committee (i.e. Search Team) for their prayers, commitment, and hard work over the last year.