All Souls Episcopal Churches announces that the Rev. Deacon Katherine G. Dougherty began her priestly vocation at our joint service with Messiah Lutheran on July 16. Katherine was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia on June 10 in Herndon, VA. Ms. Dougherty graduated in May from The School of Theology at The University of the South, Sewanee, TN., and will be ordained to the priesthood in early December in Virginia.
The Rev. Deacon Dougherty brings with her many talents and skills from her previous vocations. Her background in teaching, learning specialties, administration, and organizational consulting and facilitating will be beneficial in guiding the missions and goals of All Souls.
While a student at Sewanee, summer internships were served at the University of Virginia Medical Center as Chaplain and with Christ Church Episcopal in Glen Allen, VA. She did her field education at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal in Tennessee, developing her skills in preaching and worship, pastoral counseling, and parish retreats and programming.
Ms. Dougherty has moved to the Richmond area with her rescue dog and cat, and is looking forward to beginning her ministry with All Souls.
During July, All Souls and Messiah share one service, beginning at 9:30 a.m. We worship at 8154 Atlee Road. The July 23 Eucharist service will have special music provided by Mike Jones. For the fifth Sunday in July, we will have a service with the Rev. Deacon Dougherty preaching followed by a morning of service projects: decorating the sanctuary for Vacation Bible School that begins on the 31, construction of 600+ Sack Hunger bags (proteins, fruit, protein and power bars and water that we give out to people we meet in the streets,) and a donation of fresh food from the All Souls Community Garden to residents of Christian Village. Participation in missions is a large part of the identity of both All Souls and Messiah Churches.
In August, we return to our normal Sunday morning service of Holy Eucharist beginning at 9:15 a.m., and on September 10 begin our fall schedule of services followed by Adult and Children’s Formation. We invite you to come to our services and to visit our website at allsoulsva.org.