Mother Shelley McDade

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A Blessing for the Journey of Seeking God

When your soul whispers of its deepest longings, may you quiet yourself to listen. May you follow the path of yearning to the One alone who blends the uneven edges into a life of meaning.
May you meet and be united with God and give thanks for the whispers that led you there.

                                                            (A Lenten Blessing)

Dear Friends,

 After mass last weekend a parishioner asked for a copy of the Lenten blessing given that day. She said the words spoke to her.  That is what blessings do. They speak. Our work is to listen. When offered and received properly blessings stretch our very soul to desire a deeper filling of what is good. That desire creates in us an open space to receive a fuller love. That fuller love completes in us a joy which needs to be shared. And so, the blessing continues.

 In joy,
Mother Shelley+

The Rev. Shelley D. McDade began her ministry as Priest-in-Charge at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Park Slope, on January 10, 2015.
Her arrival to Brooklyn and the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island follows four and one half years of service at The Church of the Ascension, Manhattan, in the Diocese of New York. 

In addition to her experience in parish ministry, Mother Shelley spent 24 years working in the corporate world managing regional marketing and advertising programs for clients such as Exxon Mobil, McDonalds and Pepsico in North America and the Pacific. Mother Shelley earned her Masters of Divinity in 2010 from The General Theological Seminary.  

Mother Shelley grew up in Delaware and attended the School of Radio/Television at Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio. She has three sisters living south along the East coast and an adult niece, Danial, who lives with her here in Brooklyn.

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