Our Interim

Grace to you and Peace from God the Holy, Undivided and Everlasting Trinity!father paul

How about that for a new beginning!!!

 

Allow me to introduce myself as your Interim Priest. My name is Paul Bresnahan. My preference is for you to call me "Fr Paul", although I do not mind it if you prefer to call me simply Paul or Mr. Bresnahan or Mr. B. But I do request that you not call me "Reverend". That word is an adjective and not a noun; simply a grammatical pet peeve on my part.

 

I was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, and have lived in Toronto, New York City, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia. I received my BA from Glendon College, York University in Toronto where I majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. I have always been interested in the behavior of individuals and groups. The Church is a wonderful laboratory for a student in the study of human behavior. 

 

I received my Masters in Divinity from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge in 1972. I majored in Biblical Studies there and the sacred writings of our tradition and others have always held a fascination for me. 

 

I have served congregations in Massachusetts, Ohio, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Since retirement I have done interim work in this Diocese, Pennsylvania (Diocese of Bethlehem) and most recently in Montana.

 

Now God has called us to serve together at Trinity Church in Haverhill. With the grace and guidance of God, I trust we shall walk together in the coming months in ways that shall bear fruit for the building up of the kingdom of God. 

 

Our Letter of Agreement calls for me to be with you for worship on Sundays and Thursday evenings of course. I also plan to be in the office on Wednesdays as a rule unless there are other pastoral needs that take precedence of course. Saturdays I will finalize thoughts to share with you on Sunday morning. I will also be expected to attend some Deanery and Diocesan events which may also figure into my scheduled time with you. I am always available by appointment and in other urgent matters or for pastoral emergency. 

 

I currently live in Lynn with my wife Cindy. We have three grown sons. I enjoy writing, photography and walking along the seaside on Lynn Shore Drive. I look forward to getting to know and serve God with you in the coming months.

 

God's Blessing to you all.

Fr Paul

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