The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit Welcomes You.
The red door on an Episcopal Church is traditionally a sign of welcome. Come through the door, and you'll discover that we are a multi-generational, family-centered church. Our congregation worships together, supports each other in times of trouble, celebrates together, and does God’s work in the world. We are open, welcoming, and inclusive. We invite you to join us.
Welcome Jerry Racioppi!
We're excited to announce the arrival of the Reverend Deacon Gerard "Jerry" A. Racioppi. His first service with us took place on Sunday, May 17 at 9:30 AM. Jerry is completing his Masters of Divinity studies and will be ordained a priest on June 6 at St. Luke's Church in Montclair.
Born and raised in Verona, NJ, he attended Our Lady of the Lake grammar school. After graduating from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, Jerry began a 20-year career in human resources with Marriott Hotels. In 2010, feeling a call to ordained ministry that had been with him since his childhood, Jerry acted on it and began the formal process to ordination as a priest. In August 2012, he started full-time seminary work at Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, NJ.
His seminarian field placement for the past year and a half has been at St. Luke's Church in Montclair. Under the direction of the Rev. John Mennell, Jerry has started a Centering Prayer group, led Evening Prayer services and co-leads the youth group and confirmation classes.
Jerry lives in West Orange with his husband Randy Johnson (Administrator for Diocesan Ministries for the Diocese of Newark) and their two beloved dogs, Max and Bear.
Jerry says, "I am very excited to return to my hometown and be a part of the Holy Spirit Verona family. Having led an evening worship service in March, I found COHS to be a welcoming, loving and spirit-filled community."
Please welcome Jerry home to Verona and to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit!
Kitchen Reno Underway
As if the excitement of having a new rector isn't enough, there was another interesting turn of events on Sunday, May 17. Cardie Mortimer, the Outreach Committee, and the Wardens announced that plans are underway for a renovation of the downstairs kitchen. The new kitchen will have state-of-the-art appliances for our own events, plus it will be outfitted to serve as a food pantry for the community -- a long-held desire of the Outreach Committee.
The renovation is made possible through a family foundation recently established in memory of Cardie's parents. Renovation will begin as soon as the preschool is out for the summer and will be complete by the time they begin in the fall.
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The Rev. Jerry Racioppi's first sermon at Holy Spirit May 17, 2015.
Flowering of the Cross