Bishop Paul Marshall ordained two deacons, The Rev Dolores E. Evans and The Rev. Hillary D. Raining, to the priesthood on August 15 at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem.
Evans will serve North Parish which is comprised of Christ Episcopal Church, Frackville; Saint John’s Memorial Episcopal Church, Ashland and Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, Saint Clair. She and her husband, Dave, are residents of Frackville. She served as senior warden of North Parish for many years and was a delegate to the Diocesan Convention. She is a past member of the diocesan Commission on Ministry and the World Mission committee. She is also employed by Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 as a secretary in the Special Education Center located in Marlin.
Raining is the assistant at Trinity Church in Bethlehem. She and her husband Ken have an infant daughter, Delia Elizabeth. She graduated from Yale Divinity School in May 2008. She had been studying there within the Institute of Sacred Music as well as Berkeley Episcopal Divinity School. She came to divinity school from Moravian College in Bethlehem where she graduated with a double degree in psychology and religion. She has served on the National State of the Church Committee and the Prayer Book, Music and Liturgy Committee of the Episcopal Church for the last five years as well as a serving as a deputy for the last two General Conventions.
Mother Laura Howell preached the sermon.
I have two questions for you, Deacon Dolores and Deacon Hillary. WHAT ARE YOU, CRAZY!!!!! ONLY fools would even consider doing a job like this. And to go beyond simply considering it, and actually doing it, you have got to be at least partly crazy. If you look around yourselves this evening, at all your colleagues in fancy dress, you will know that you are not alone. Hillary and I were visiting a parishioner in the intensive care unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital last week. The man was just coming out of a medical coma, and when he opened his eyes and saw the two of us standing by his bedside, he said, “Oh God. The fools are here, and they're going to pray for me.” I was absolutely thrilled. In part, of course, it was because he was awake after a dangerous surgery, but even more so, it was because he understood about our foolishness. It was like being seen for what I truly am. On another day, he and I had a very serious conversation about being a fool, and how that is a central part of our understanding of ourselves as Christians. Hmm, can you say that conversations among fools are serious? I'm not sure...
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