A New Rector Has Been Selected

A New Rector Has Been Selected!

The Wardens and Vestry, at the recommendation of the Discernment Committee, have selected Father Andrew Hanyzewski to be the next Rector of St. Andrew’s Church.

Father Andrew was ordained at the Cathedral of St. James, South Bend, Indiana, in August 2009.  From 2011 to the present he has been the Rector of St. Peter’s Church in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, in the Diocese of Milwaukee.  He has stated “The values I have received come from a strong Christian family background and growing up in the church. I have held these values through all the opportunities in my life-more importantly, leading by example and service to others.”

 

There are many things that were evaluated by the Discernment Committee when evaluating and interviewing Fr. Andrew.  Just one example of the many things that impressed us were his comments on Pastoral Care: “Relationships are key in pastoral care or in any work of the church. My personal preference is to meet wherever needed: hospital, home, nursing home, etc. I anoint, pray, and bring Eucharist. I am available most of the time and leave my cell number to be reached in pastoral emergencies. Follow-up phone calls and visits are a regular part of this ministry. I make myself available to meet with people at the parish office for a variety of things from Wedding preparation to counseling. The parishioners are very good at letting me know about pastoral issues. When a regular attendee is absent, I follow up with either an email or phone call. I love to be with and engage with parishioners not just in the bad times but in good as well. I want people to be comfortable enough to call me and meet with me.”

 

We are looking forward to having all of you meet and welcome Father Andrew and his wife Aimee when he begins his ministry at St. Andrew’s on Sunday, October 20.

 

Thank you all for your patience during this long process.

 

 

Peace and Blessings,

 

Wardens & Vestry of St. Andrew’s Church +

 

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