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Welcome our new Priest for Liturgy and Formation

Dear Good Shepherd,
I am very pleased to announce The Rev. Terry Gleeson as our next Priest for Liturgy and Formation. Terry and I have been friends and colleagues for the past 10 years and he is one of the finest priests I have met. He has the heart of a pastor, a deep spirituality and the remarkable breadth of knowledge regarding liturgy and formation. Terry currently serves as rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, California. Prior to serving in California, he was the rector of St. Stephen’s on the Green in Middlebury, Vermont. In both places, his ministry thrived.

I am grateful for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in bringing such a gifted priest to our already gifted staff. I appreciate the prayers and work of the search advisory committee which helped to discern Terry’s call to Good Shepherd: Mary Alice Durbin, Anne Jarvis, Jeff Simpler, Trey LaMair, Lisa McMinn, Aimee Bostwick, Chris Oelkers, and Stanford Adams.

Please join me in welcoming Terry, his husband Dennis and his daughter Chiara. I would ask for your prayers for them as they pack, move and get settled in Austin.

I am very excited to see the impact Terry will have and how God will use Terry’s gifts for ministry here in Austin when he joins us in mid-March. Thanks be to God for His generous blessings.

God’s peace,

Dear Good Shepherd,

I am eager and excited to be joining your parish family. For some years, I have felt that I had finished what I was called to do in Palo Alto, and that my parish was ready for different skills and new leadership. Knowing what my next call would be was the question – until Channing suggested I consider coming to Good Shepherd.

Discerning the will of God is a lifelong pursuit. It has led me to make decisions in the pursuit of what I believe to be honest, honorable and life-giving. It has taken me from Sydney, Australia to Manhattan, New York; and from the Roman Catholic priesthood to the Episcopal. My journey from New York to Vermont to California, and now to Texas has consisted of my involvement in liturgy and formation since seminary days. I spent some years as a diocesan master of ceremonies and more recently had a leadership role in the life of our diocese, as well as meeting the needs of a parish. My background in education and passion for teaching makes this ministry that combines liturgy and formation a great fit.

Of course, I’m not coming alone – my partner of 30 years and husband of 10, Dennis, and our almost-12-year-old daughter Chiara will be joining me. Born in Philadelphia, Chiara came to us straight from the hospital as a newborn, and spent her earliest years in Middlebury, VT, where I was rector for nearly six years. Dennis is a Midwesterner, a first-generation Filipino American with a passion for triathlons and always game for a challenge.

The task of packing, moving, selling and buying a house, and saying goodbye to people we love dearly is a physical, spiritual and emotional challenge, of course. So I ask your prayers as we embark on this enormous transition. What keeps us going is our eagerness to be with you and embark on this new chapter in our shared life. I am deeply grateful to Channing, to the members of the advisory committee who were so generous and accommodating in arranging their schedules, and to the clergy and staff of Good Shepherd for their warm welcome.

Finally, my new favorite Christmas carol is Born on a New Day, by King’s Singers; the text captures so much of what I am thinking and feeling this day….

Love of all things great and small,
Leaving none, embracing all,
Fold around me where I fall,
Bring in the new day.

This new day will be
A turning point for everyone.
If we let the Christ-child in, and
Reach for the new day.

Christ the Way, the Truth, the Life;
Healing sadness, ending strife;
You we welcome, Lord of life,
Born on a new day.
You are the new day.


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