The Wardens and Vestry announce the call of the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Harvey to be the seventh Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church. We are joyous with his acceptance of the call.
We are grateful to the Vestry and Search Committee for their diligence and work. Let us rejoice together and welcome Fr. Robert and his delightful wife Anne to our community of faith.
Dear Calvary Church,
It is with great delight and overwhelming joy that I have accepted the call to be your next Rector. Anne and I felt very welcome during our discernment process with your Search Committee and Vestry, and I am honored by this call. We are so eager to join your parish family and the wider community of both Williamsville and the Diocese of Western New York. I especially want to thank all the members of the Search Committee and Vestry who have worked so diligently and tirelessly through this lengthy process. We have felt the Holy Spirit working through every stage of this process.
Over and over again in the past months we heard that so many of you come to Calvary because it is a caring family, because you feel loved and accepted, a quality expressed in the phrase "All are welcome. No exceptions." That means so much to me. Calvary is a place where sacred stories are shared and welcomed: the sacred stories of the people of God in the Bible, the sacred stories of Jesus and his disciples in the Gospels, the sacred stories that each of us bring of our own lives, and the sacred stories of the people we serve in the greater community. Anne and I look forward to sharing our own sacred stories together with you and for those stories to intermingle and intersect in the family of Calvary Church.
We will be moving into the rectory in August in order to settle in before my work among you begins on September 1st. Our first year together will primarily be a time to get to know each other, to build a relationship, and for me to learn what you do and why you do it, to hear your stories and your hopes and dreams for Calvary Church in the future. In the meantime, I hold you in my thoughts and prayers as we make this transition together.
Most sincerely in Christ,
Father Robert Harvey