In early February, the rector announced a major addition to our clergy staff. The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti is joining the clergy team at Holy Communion. Laurie came to us first in February as Seminarian. But she has also accepted the rector and vestry’s invitation to become our next Assistant Rector, full time, effective in July of this year.
In her work with us, Laurie will have special charge for pastoral support for youth, children, and family ministries, collaborating with our youth director Brooklyn Payne and our Children’s Formation Coordinator Heidi Olliff. Laurie will also be working with the rector and the vestry to discern how we might be called to expand our worship offerings to better welcome those who are not well served by a church currently.
The Rev. Laurie Anzilotti comes to us after serving three semesters at Emanuel Church in Webster Groves. She is a third-year Masters of Divinity student at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with majors in Theology and English, and continued her theological studies at the master’s level at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and Aquinas Institute in St. Louis. She deeply engaged with the community as a theology teacher, the children’s liturgist at St. Michael and St. George in Clayton, a community activist, and as the director of programming at Camp Thunderbird, a boys and girls camp in Minnesota.
Laurie was ordained a “transitional deacon” on Friday December 21, 2018 at Christ Church Cathedral. Unlike The Rev. Chester Hines who serves as a permanent deacon at Holy Communion, Laurie’s time as a deacon is the final step before she is ordained a priest later this year.