Saturday, March 3, 2012

Christ Church names rector

From West Texas-

Christ Episcopal Church has ended a more than 20-month search for a permanent rector to head one of the most prominent and storied churches in the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas.
The Rev. Patrick Gahan, 57, will preach his first sermon March 11 at the 100-year-old congregation in Monte Vista.

Ordained for two dozen years after a career in the military and education, Gahan had been rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wimberley since 2005.
His arrival is bringing a long-awaited sense of resolution to a trying chapter in the congregation's history.

The Rev. Chuck Collins left as rector in May 2010 as a way of cutting ties with the national denomination, the Episcopal Church USA. He and other members who left that year said the denomination had strayed from its theologically conservative roots and time-honored Anglican doctrine, including the approval of gay clergy and same-sex blessings.

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