St. Mary’s new rector is the Reverend Lindsey R. Briggs. She/they is an Episcopal Priest, Board Certified Chaplain, and LGBTQ+ Spiritual Care Educator. Previous to coming to Saint Mary’s, Reverend Briggs spent four years in healthcare chaplaincy with specialties in LGBTQ+ Spiritual Care, Palliative Care, and Hospice in New York City. She also teaches LGBTQ+ Spiritual Care at Union Theological Seminary. Prior to her chaplaincy, Reverend Briggs served as the Chief of Staff and Assistant to the Rector at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York.
While Reverend Briggs has lived in New York for twelve years, she is no stranger to Minnesota winters. Her heart and many dear friends remain in the Twin Cities following the six years she lived in Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood and worked with a variety of community organizations. Reverend Briggs is thrilled to return to here, as it is where she truly feels at home. She has said that she feels both excitement and a grounded sense of peace at returning to the religious, spiritual, and civic life of this place she loves. Outside of her work, Reverend Briggs loves reading science fiction and exploring nature with her miniature poodle, Georgie.
Reverent Briggs’ first Sunday preaching for St. Mary’s will be June 4, which happens to be Pentecost. I have no doubt that we will all have a chance to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit as we welcome Reverend Briggs.
Speaking of welcoming Reverend Briggs, the vestry is forming a welcoming committee to help plan some of the events and activities that will take place upon her arrival. If you are interested in participating with the committee, please contact the wardens (wardens at saintmarysepiscopal.org).
We give thanks to our wonderful Search Committee of Cathy McNaughton, Catherine Neuschler, Joe McManmon, Jennifer Wedel, Jennie Ward, Ginny Deluca, Emma Brickson and Jane Wells. The team spent over 200 hours together over a year and a half, through multiple twists and turns to the process before we ever arrived at the point of interviewing our final slate of candidates. They did an amazing job representing Saint Mary’s though this process. Please offer your gratitude to these folks when you have the chance.