Dear Parish and Friends of St. John’s in the Village:
The Vestry is delighted to announce we have called the Rev. Graeme Napier to be the next Rector of St. John's in the Village. Fr Graeme is coming to us from Oxford, England, and there are lots of details to sort out: his visa, for example, and his reception into the Episcopal Church of the United States. We will keep everyone posted as things progress but these things take time. In the meantime, Pastor Gwyneth, the Reverend Canon Deb Tammearu, and the Vestry are making sure we will be well cared for until his arrival. To help you start getting to know our new Rector, here is a short bio:
Fr Graeme Napier is Associate Priest in the Parish of Cowley St John, Oxford, where he has particular responsibility for liturgy, music, and events. Born and raised in Ireland, Fr Graeme is a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, and was trained for the priesthood at St Stephen’s House, the Anglo-Catholic seminary in that city. He served at St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness before moving to the Anglican Church of Australia to serve as Assistant Priest, then Interim Rector at Christ Church St. Laurence, a busy inner-city Anglo-Catholic parish. Called to Westminster Abbey as Minor Canon and Succentor, he was responsible for daily worship, special services, and pastoral care for staff and volunteers. Appointed Precentor of St George's Cathedral, Perth, Fr Graeme returned to Australia to oversee all worship and many special events in that cathedral. He has spent an academic year in full-time study at Nashotah House, Wisconsin, a seminary of the Episcopal Church, which involved time in New York City in the archives of General Theological Seminary.