Clergy Transitions

May 18, 2020
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For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven…
Ecclesiastes 3:1

The Bishop’s Office announces the following clergy transitions happening in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri this spring and summer:


The Rev. Canon Loren Lasch has accepted a call to become the Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Georgia. Canon Loren’s last day in the Diocese of Missouri will be June 30.

“I am so grateful to the people of the Diocese of Missouri for all of the kindness and grace you have shown me and my family for the last four years! It has been a joy to worship and serve with you all,” said Canon Loren. “I've been so blessed to see the incredible leadership of the youth of the diocese (who are the church NOW, not just in the future!), to share so many laughs and joyful tears at Camp Phoenix each summer, to walk alongside those in the process of discernment and formation, and all to take part in countless other wonderful ministries during my time here. I cannot put into words how much I value and respect my incredibly gifted and kind colleagues in the Offices of the Bishop, who I will greatly miss working with! 

“I'd like to extend a special thank you to the people of St. Peter's, Ladue who made our family's transition to Missouri so lovely, and the people of Grace, Jefferson City who have been so gracious and kind to our family as Ian has served as Rector.  The Diocese of Missouri will always have a special place in my heart.  Thank you for everything!"


The Rev. Ian Lasch has accepted a call to become Rector at St. Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church in Savannah, Georgia. Ian’s last day at Grace Church in Jefferson City will be July 12.

“I'll never be able to express how grateful I am to the Diocese of Missouri, said Fr. Ian. “St. Peter's, Ladue was a fantastic place to learn how to be a priest, and the welcome and support that I've received at Grace, Jefferson City has been overwhelming, and I will miss the people there greatly. My clergy colleagues here in the Diocese have been a great source of wisdom, and I will always be grateful to Bishop Smith for ordaining me a priest. It's difficult to leave this Diocese that welcomed me home so quickly, but I know that I will always bring Missouri with me wherever I go.”  


The Rev. Edie Bird, Rector at Christ Church in Cape Girardeau, is retiring July 15.

“I love the congregation of CEC,” said Rev. Edie. “They have challenged me to grow in ways that I never expected. I am so grateful to them and will miss serving as their priest.” Edie and her husband Steve plan to continue teaching contemplative prayer, mindfulness, facilitating groups, leading retreats and doing spiritual direction. “We have a little urban homestead (called Little Way) with vegetables, herbs and berries, chickens, and solar power. We live near an elementary school and hope to be able to volunteer teaching mindfulness to the students and introduce them to urban agriculture. I also hope to visit my adult children who live in Arkansas and Oklahoma.”


The Rev. Marvin Foltz, Rector at St. Timothy’s in Creve Coeur, is retiring. He will officially finish his ministry at St. Tim’s on June 30.

“Initially we will relocate to a small town in central Wisconsin to be nearer our grandchildren for a few months and then on to a condo in the Chicago South Loop near the Harold Washington Library,” Fr. Marvin reports. “Eventually I may do some interim ministry at some point in the future, but the first priority is to focus on my health and enjoying time with my dear wife, Cindy.”


The Rev. Mariclea Chollet has resigned her position as the Associate Director of Pastoral Care and will be ending her service at St. Luke’s Hospital as of May 22. She has worked at St. Luke’s Hospital since 2007.

Mariclea will be taking a sabbatical to spend time on self-care for herself and her family. She will be writing and continuing her involvement as an ACPE certified educator. She plans to stay in the Diocese of Missouri.


A prayer for those we Love:

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BCP, p 831


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