Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is in transition following the retirement of our beloved Pastor Laura.Pastor Laura retired following her final Sunday at Holy Spirit on June 5, 2022. We thank Laura for her years serving the communities of St. Andrew's and Holy Spirit and for providing spiritual guidance through unprecedented times and events: emerging as a new congregation and through a global pandemic.
During the summer months, HSEC will alternate between Holy Communion (led by visiting clergy) and Morning Prayer services (led by trained Lay Leaders from the congregation). Beginning September 6, 2022 a full-time interim Priest will join us. During this time of transition we ask that you contact the Wardens using the email button below for any pastoral needs or emergencies.
The Reverend Julie Carson
Reverend Carson comes to Holy Spirit with over 20 years of experience; first as the Associate Rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Wellesley, MA and most recently as the full time Rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Framingham, MA.
Reverend Carson is a graduate of Keene State College (B.A.) and Andover Newton Theological School (M.Div).
She lives in Framingham with her husband Phil and twin 16 year olds, Nat and Thomason. They have a dog, 3 cats and 4 chickens, and on her days off she volunteers with a cat rescue organization. Reverend Carson loves to cook and bake, and is a recipe tester for America’s Test Kitchen, which means she gets to try and critique recipes before they are published in Cooks Illustrated and Cooks Country magazines. She loves travel, movies, books, and time with friends is deeply important to her. She comes from a large Italian extended family, but Phil and Julie are both only children. She looks forward to being matched soon with a therapy dog who will be a pastoral ministry companion.
The Reverend Michael Hamilton
As a graduate of the Diocese of Massachusetts School of Deacons, Michael was ordained in 2007 and has served three congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Michael also served for six years as Archdeacon with the Ven. Patricia Zifcak, who directs the School for Deacons. Together they addressed education, placement, and the pastoral concerns of the deacons in Diocese of Massachusetts.
Throughout his ministry, Michael has worked to alleviate food insecurity, ministered within the homeless community, and encouraged others to participate in hands-on ministry, increasing the awareness of those suffering in front of us so often unseen.
For the past 20 years, Michael has worked as a night time pharmacist at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington MA. Aside from a degree in pharmacy, he holds another in Deafness Communication.
Michael and The Rev. Dan Collier have been partners for 31 years and married for 16 years. They live in Natick where Michael has established a small homestead, raising pigeons, quails, chickens and growing produce.
Music Director and Organist, Lynn Ljunggren, was baptized and raised in the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1984, after graduating from Shrewsbury High School, she was hired as organist for St. Andrew’s Church in North Grafton, MA. In 2006 Lynn became the music director as well as continuing as organist. Lynn is also a full time Senior Administrator at Raytheon, and a piano accompanist with children choruses in two of the Shrewsbury elementary schools.
An Army brat, Lynn was born in California and moved to Shrewsbury, MA at the age of 3. She lived in Germany for three years in the mid-1970s and then returned to Shrewsbury where she currently lives with her husband of 25 years, Robert, and their two daughters, Ashley and Samantha. She loves spending time with her family and especially traveling around New England to watch both daughters play college hockey.
After 34 years as organist/music director, and with the newly-merged congregation of the St. Andrew’s and St. John’s parishes, Lynn was called to continue her music ministry with Holy Spirit. “I always knew that I loved music. Now I understand that music and being part of the choir is a way to express my faith. I love that the music can tell a story and we can share the message through what we sing.”
Amanda is from Millbury (by way of Texas). She lives with Andrew, her husband of 23 years and her two sons. Amanda has lived in Massachusetts since 1993. While she misses the warmth and slow pace of Texas, she has come to enjoy the seasons in New England (even if they sometimes happen all in one day). Amanda’s family is extended by a cat, Francis (aka Frankie) and dog, Eva.
Amanda was raised as a Protestant in the Southern Baptist denomination. However, she has not practiced or participated in the church for many years. In the last several years Amanda’s faith has grown into more of a spiritual living than an affiliated, organized practice.
Amanda has worked for the Town of Millbury since 2007. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from Assumption College (now Assumption University). Amanda has a strong communications background as she has spent over 20 years helping to provide information and service to residents and customers.
Some of Amanda’s hobbies include reading, being creative, watching movies with her boys, traveling with her husband, and spending time with friends. Her passion beyond her family and friends is writing. Someday you may see a book or two of hers on a shelf near you!
The Vestry is an elected group of parishioners that are responsible for the general oversight of the church budget and maintenance of the church property. The Vestry work closely and represent the views and opinions of the church membership. The Vestry and Executive Committee meet monthly. Copies of these meeting minutes can be found on the bulletin board in the Church hall.
Sandy Piscitelli, Sr. Warden
Maryalice Worden, Sr. Warden
Bob Perkins, Treasurer
Marsha Hudson, Clerk
Members of the Vestry
Phil St. John