I am thrilled to announce that the Rev. Deborah Galante Seles will join the St. Margaret’s clergy team on July 1, and is celebrating Holy Eucharist on Pentecost Day this morning at 8, and assisting with Holy Baptism at 10. Deb is a longtime friend and colleague, and I’ve admired and respected her broad experience in ministry, creative and expansive ideas about worship and the changing identity of the Church, and steady, prayerful leadership.
Deb writes, “What do you get when you introduce a woman from the far northwest side of Chicago who not only wanted to be a priest from the time she received her First Holy Communion (in the Roman Catholic Church) but also had an Anglican understanding of the Eucharist to the Episcopal Church via her late husband? When she rediscovers the beauty of the liturgy, the expansiveness of its theology and its passion for mission and her sense of call is affirmed, you get a mature woman delighted to do the work God meant her to do. Not that her 26+ years as a social worker (working with adults with disabilities) is abandoned. . .
“What do you get when a ‘formerly serious (read ‘uptight’) person discovers the joy of spontaneity of play through dance, improv, stand-up and goofing around with her Norwegian elkhound and her many friends? When you combine these qualities with a passion for learning and teaching, ministry that is centered on connecting people with each other and God, creativity and drive, you get Deb Seles!”
Deb is a graduate of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and was ordained in 2002. She served as an assisting priest at St. Christopher’s in Oak Park, Illinois; as Executive Director at L’Arche Chicago, an interfaith community where people with and without disabilities live, work, pray and play; as Chaplain at Bishop Anderson House, serving John Stroger Hospital; a trained, certified, and practicing spiritual director and intentional interim rector; and for six years as Rector of the Church of the Ascension in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Deb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.