If you would have asked me 5 years ago where I'd think I would be today, I never would have said "living in intentional Christian community and working for a beautiful Anglo-Catholic Church in Center City Philadelphia." I was raised Roman Catholic, and while I am grateful for many elements of having been brought up in the Catholic tradition, I unfortunately never saw women in positions of leadership. The Catholic church's misgivings towards women was not only heart-breaking for me to witness, but it was enough for me to find myself no longer attending Mass while I was at university. My faith was still very present, but I had yet to find nourishment from a church community. Jump forward to now, and I find myself sitting in a meeting with the rector and assistant rector (two males), where they turn to me and ask for my input, suggestions, thoughts and genuinely value and appreciate them. The 14 year old Catholic Gabi is still amazed by this... To see how God can make the church the one place I no longer thought could be healing... turns out to be the very place where I have found healing. On most days, you will find me in the office working hard with our Verger, serving at the Altar for weekday Masses, teaching the little ones on Sunday, and baking bread on Saturdays with very cool people and feeding our food insecure neighbors in this beloved city of Philadelphia. I thank God every day for a roof over my head, for daily bread, for the wonderful life-long friendships I have made here, for the inspiring colleagues I get to work with, and for the opportunity to serve God and neighbor in love in this wonderful city of Philadelphia.
2/28/2020 12:30:23 pm
We are blessed to have you. Love you Gabi.
11/13/2022 01:40:52 pm
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