The Rt. Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith, Bishop of Arizona, presided over the installation of The Rev. Monica Whitaker as Rector of St. Andrew’s on Nov. 5th. Such an event is rare in the life of a parish, and St Andrew’s’ celebration was personal, spiritual, and joyful. A celebratory brunch followed in the Parish Hall.
Bishop Smith, a graduate of Lewis and Clark College in Portland OR, received his PhD from Cornell and completed study for holy orders at the Berkeley Seminary at Yale. He has served as Bishop of Arizona since 2004, is author of Augustine’s Relic: Lessons from the Oldest Book in England (2016), and co-author of Bishops on the Border: Pastoral Responses to Immigration (2013).
Preacher for the service was The Rev. Canon Terence Alexander Lee, Rector of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Hollis NY, and Priest-in-Charge of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Springfield Gardens NY. Canon Lee is a native of Charleston SC and graduate of Nashotah House Seminary in Delafield WI. A certified early childhood education specialist, he also serves as a spiritual counselor with the Children’s Defense Fund.
Canon Lee previously served at St. John’s Cathedral, Albuquerque NM, and supported Rev. Monica in the early stages of her discernment process toward ordination to the priesthood.
Also participating in the service were The Reverends Lynn and Roger Perkins of Flagstaff AZ, who were fellow parishioners with Rev. Monica at the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque NM before all three were called to ordained ministry. Clergy, St Andrew’s parishioners, and local community members presented Rev. Monica with symbols of their shared ministry during the festive liturgical celebration.