Friday, 6 August 2010


About five years ago I was having lunch with a young couple who were members of St. James's.  He, Chris, and she, Trish were a joy and delight. Chris was about to qualify as a Psychologist.  

 I don't know what made me say it, but I remarked "Chris, I think that you should be a Priest, not a Psychologist".

That got them thinking very deeply.   Chris decided to enter the "Discernment Process" for “would be Priests” in the Diocese of Massachusetts. 

Then "out of the blue” Chris was invited to work part time for the Latin American Council of Churches in Quito, Ecuador, and part time for the Episcopal Church in Ecuador.

Chris and Trish are fluent in Spanish, and had previously worked in South America, so they were delighted to make the move. 

In due course the  Diocese of Central Ecuador [part of the Episcopal Church] took on Chris’s "discernment process".

The end result is that Chris will be ordained Priest in the Diocese of Central Ecuador in Quito in early October.

Chris and Trish never forgot that I somehow helped them to get started on this path. They have asked me to be with them for the Ordination.

Even though I hate travel I've decided to take the trip. 

I've visited the Continents of Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America, so now it's time for South America. (Quito is 9,000' up in the Andes, so it should be quite the trip).

As I pay for this trip my poor old credit card will be stressed for a few months. 

But in the long term I know that I will never regret this decision to travel to Ecuador for the Ordination;   and to enjoy some days with Chris and Trish, and their daughters Clare and Isobel.



1 comment:

  1. I have lived in Quito for over 16 years, I am happy to help with any questions you might have about the country. Patrick-