The Rev. Michael Foley (Class of 2013) has accepted a call to be the rector of Church of the Redeemer, Pittsburgh. He will be their eighth rector in their one hundred and ten year history. Reaching the Church to awaken its praise and prophetic ministry in this present world motivates Foley. "The community at Redeemer represents respect for beauty and tradition, while living out the great commission in Christian witness to diverse groups including the LGBTQ community, the homeless and the wider Diocese of Pittsburgh as it continues to heal under the new leadership of Bishop Dorsey McConnell." Foley's first service will be Epiphany Sunday, January 5, 2014.
Foley came to GTS in 2011 from the Diocese of Los Angeles. His interest in Church History, Liturgy and Biblical Studies drew him to GTS's impressive faculty and rich liturgical offerings in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. He believes that the uniqueness of residential seminary experience shaped him to deepen his sense of his pastoral identity, self awareness and call to the priesthood. "The blessings and challenges of living in any community, and specifically the community of GTS, have enriched me with life-long friendships, and a deepened faith. GTS is known for its beautiful worship grounded in the Book of Common Prayer. Liturgy is the worship of the people. Many creative voices continue to nuance our liturgy to facilitate worship for all people today."