Friday, January 23, 2015

New East Windsor priest boasts background in rock ’n’ roll, meditation

From Connecticut-

A former rock ’n’ roll drummer with a background in medicine is the new priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

“Life as a priest uses every single bit of my formation and my odd talents,” the Rev. Julia Fritts said. “Every single bit of that is not only OK, but necessary.”

Prior to becoming ordained, Fritts, 58, worked as a professional musician. She said she lived the dream for a while as a drummer, recording and touring with her Celtic rock band, Jane and Julia.
“I grew up assuming I would be an artist or a musician,” Fritts said. “Music is a service to the world. Beautiful music is really necessary.”

But the prevalence of ego and a self-absorbed existence were what turned her off to the lifestyle of a musician, she said.

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