“Dear Saint Paul’s Family” – a note from Joseph

I am overjoyed to join you as an assisting priest and look forward to all the ways we will encourage one another on the journey of life and faith over the years to come — endeavoring in all things to grow evermore fully into ‘the image and likeness of Christ’.

From the moment I stepped onto the parish grounds on my first clandestine visit a few weeks back, I felt a distinct sense of calm and call. You were warm and friendly in your welcome of me and my toddler daughter, even as we slinked in and out of the service — *repeatedly* (per usual these days). And you undoubtedly know what a gift you have in Cliff as your rector. I’m eager to work with and learn from him, aspiring to at least emulate his infectious joy if I can’t match his laugh.

(Continue Reading…) Even though my capacity will be somewhat limited, given my primary commitment to the Princeton chaplaincy, I do hope you won’t hesitate to reach out. Most of my time with you will be devoted to the Sunday morning services, but I will have a bit of time over the course of the week to connect and chat.

And you’ll hopefully get to meet my wife, The Rev’d Liz Costello, before too long. She serves as the associate rector at St Thomas Whitemarsh, just down the road. We’ve recently moved with our aforementioned ever-active daughter to a farm in Blue Bell, so we’ll probably run into you at some point in and around Chestnut Hill.

Again, really looking forward to serving among you. Do be in touch via email (jw@stpaulschestnuthill.org or j.g.w@princeton.edu) or phone (mobile is probably best: 203-850-2056, text/call). And keep me and my family in your prayers as you are in mine.

With wishes of ‘peace and all good things’,