MAY 12, 2022
A MESAGE FROM DEAN THOMASON
I write to share the news that Adam Conley will be leaving his position in early July to enroll in seminary this fall, having been named a postulant for the priesthood by Bishop Rickel earlier this year. We are sad to see him depart from his role on the cathedral staff, but we bless him wholeheartedly in this turn to the next phase of his spiritual journey. He is and will be a blessing to the Church in so many ways.
Since 2018 Adam has served capably as Director of the Seattle Service Corps, and in the ensuing years, he has taken on additional responsibilities as editor of The Rubric, cathedral grant writer, and most recently as staff support for the 20s & 30s ministry. There have been many good things that have developed in these areas during Adam’s tenure, and we are grateful to him for his faithful work in our midst.
We will soon post a position description for his replacement as Program Director for Seattle Service Corps (Update: that job posting may now be seen here), and we have a good interim work plan to ensure the vitality of the SSC program continues as we anticipate welcoming the next cohort in late August. For now, please join me in thanking Adam for his service while also wishing him well as he moves to seminary in Sewanee, Tennessee. We will offer a rite of blessing and sending for him at the 11am service June 26.
The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector
A MESSAGE FROM ADAM CONLEY
Dear People of Saint Mark’s,
I developed a deep affection for this remarkable cathedral community when I joined the Cathedral Choir under Canon Mel Butler way back in 1998. While my journey as an Episcopalian subsequently took me to London and then back to another parish in this diocese, it was with tremendous excitement that I accepted a call to return to Saint Mark’s as the Seattle Service Corps Director in April 2018. It was my pastoral work with the service corps, and eventually 20s & 30s, that ultimately confirmed my sense of the Holy Spirit’s call to priestly vocation. As a postulant in the Diocese of Olympia, my path now leads to seminary.
While St. Paul’s, Seattle is my sponsoring parish, for four years I have felt the deep joy and gift of being rooted in relationship at two communities of faith. You have lifted me into ministry in so many ways, and I carry my rich formation in church leadership into this next chapter of my life and beyond. It has been a privilege to serve in leadership at Saint Mark’s. I am humbled by the successes, both large and small, we’ve achieved together, particularly with respect to the growth of Seattle Service Corps into a leading program of the Episcopal Service Corps network.
When I depart after the completion of the current SSC program year at the end of June, I know I go with your prayers and support. Please know you are also in my prayers.