2014 Vicars’ Retreat at St. Dorothy’s Rest

Bishop Marc Andrus and Canon Stefani Schatz, together with the vicars of the mission congregations, met in retreat last Monday, May 12, to Tuesday, May 13, at St. Dorothy’s Rest. There are 22 mission congregations in the Diocese of California and 15 vicars and priests-in-charge were able to meet together for rest, conversation, laughter, and great food. On Monday, Bishop Marc led an afternoon reflection on “the impossible” in their ministries. A highlight of the retreat was “Coffeehouse Evening” where each person was invited to share their unique gift — these included a magic trick, a guitar solo and trio, tongue twisting, weaving, healing bells, and simply being an audience member. Throughout the year, the vicars and priests-in-charge meet with the Canon to the Ordinary each month at one of the mission congregations for support, continuing education, and lunch.  

Canon Stefani asked a few of those participating for their thoughts on the retreat:

The Vicars’ Retreat: Where else am I encouraged to share my failures and what I have learned from them? Where else am I encouraged to look beyond attendance and income to diversity, collaboration, embeddedness, and being invitational?
— The Rev. Sue Thompson, St. Edmund’s, Pacifica

It is to this that we are called: to stand in the midst of impossibility and bear witness to the glory of God.
— The Rev. Molly Haws, Church of the Redeemer, San Rafael

This was a retreat filled with grace, talent, and glorious impossibility!
— The Rev. Este Cantor, Good Shepherd, Berkeley

Front row, left to right: Anna Lange-Soto, El Buen Pastor, Redwood City; Bishop Marc; Stina Pope, Sei Ko Kai Christ Church, SF; Carol Luther, St. Aidan’s, Bolinas; Sue Thompson, St. Edmund’s, Pacifica
Back row, left to right: Javier Torres, La Santisima Trinidad / Holy Trinity, Richmond; Michael Arase-Barham, Holy Family, Half Moon Bay, and Good Shepherd, Belmont; Sam Dessordi Leite, St James’ / Santiago, Oakland; Justin Cannon, St. Giles’, Moraga; Tom Jackson, St. Cyprian’s, SF; Jane McDougle, Holy Innocents, SF; Canon Stefani; Debbie Hawkins, St. Elizabeth’s, South SF, and St. Andrew’s, San Bruno; Este Gardner Cantor, Good Shepherd, Berkeley; Molly Haws, Redeemer, San Rafael.

The Rev. Anna Lange-Soto brought the roses as a gift to enhance the beauty of the gathering.

The Rev. Sam Dessordi Leite, St. James’ / Santiago, Oakland

The Rev. Carol Luther, St. Aidan’s, Bolinas

The Rev. Canon Stefani Schatz, canon to the ordinary

The Rev. Molly Haws, Church of the Redeemer, San Rafael

The Rev. Sue Thompson, St. Edmund’s, Pacifica

The Rev. Stina Pope, Sei Ko Kai Christ Church, San Francisco

The Rev. Anna Lange-Soto, El Buen Pastor, Redwood City

The Rev. Justin Canon, St. Giles’, Moraga

Holy Eucharist on the chapel deck.