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Welcome Jerry Racioppi!
We're excited to announce the Reverend Deacon Gerard "Jerry" A. Racioppi will join us as our new Rector on May 11. His first service with us will take 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!
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