Mother Getlein Called to Rhode Island

March 3, 2014

The Rev. Greta Getlein, Director of Anglican Studies and Associate Dean of Berkeley Divinity School, has accepted a call to serve as the Vicar of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She will stay in her position at BDS through the end of term, taking up her duties in the parish at the beginning of May.

In announcing Mother Getlein’s departure, Dean Joseph Britton wrote to the BDS community: “Greta has been a splendid colleague and member of the Divinity School staff. She has reached out to the whole YDS community, building many collaborative relationships. As a highly capable administrator, she has kept the complex parts of the Anglican Studies program working smoothly. Her pastoral sensitivity has made her a trusted counselor. Her calm and wise presence has defused many a crisis. She has brought real vision and imagination to the BDS leadership colloquium, organizing the two most compelling series we have had (‘Showing People Jesus’ and ‘Youth Ministry: Now!’). And with what I would call the true heart of a priest, she has been a worthy role model for us all, embodying what it means to seek and serve Christ in all persons. Our prayers are with Greta and her new congregation as they prepare for their ministry together.”

The final BDS Community Eucharist and reception of the term beginning at 6:00 PM on April 23 will be an occasion for the Berkeley and Yale Divinity School communities to bid their farewells to Greta. All are cordially invited to attend.