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Island Hopping: Husband, wife take on priesthood

There are 7 comments on the SavannahNow story from Oct 3, 2013, titled Island Hopping: Husband, wife take on priesthood. In it, SavannahNow reports that:

Bruce and Lori Fehr have been sharing each others' lives since they met at a bus stop as eighth-graders in southern California during the early 1970s.

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#1 Oct 6, 2013
They'll make a great pair of priests for he Lord!
Verily

Houston, TX

#2 Mar 9, 2015
Sounds like the makings of an excellent reality show.
George

Jacksonville, FL

#3 Mar 10, 2015
RevKen wrote:
They'll make a great pair of priests for he Lord!
Seems a bit unusual to me to call as a rector someone with no experience at all who has just graduated. Used to be that priest served as assistants, learning the ropes, before becoming rectors. The churches are now so tiny they cannot afford assistants and so, I imagine, there are few opportunities for priests to learn their craft.

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#4 Mar 10, 2015
George wrote:
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Seems a bit unusual to me to call as a rector someone with no experience at all who has just graduated. Used to be that priest served as assistants, learning the ropes, before becoming rectors. The churches are now so tiny they cannot afford assistants and so, I imagine, there are few opportunities for priests to learn their craft.
Oh, I don't know about that. People of different talents are given different opportunities. Nothing like on-the-job training, anyway. Some can take up the job sooner than others.

It used to be that when a person underwent a heart bypass, they followed with long rest and moderately paced recuperation. Now, you get the bypass surgery and are back on your feet the next day walking the halls. Not running 100 yd. dashes, of course, but up and walking and exercising.

The point being that the new priest, male or female, has chosen and is chosen to engage the Holy Spirit and to accept responsibility according to the spiritual framework of the office. The sooner one engages in exercising the tools of priestcraft, the sooner one gets an idea of what the actual limitations are and begins the application of the commitment to the service that is expected.

All of the studying one can do doesn't really make one any better of a priest. Sometimes, it just serves to place a buffer in the form of the centuries of past confusion and institutionalized hypocrisy between the so-called qualified scholar and the common problems of life encountered as a Human Being.

You know this. No classroom can teach the trial lawyer. Knowledge of the Law is imperative. But, it doesn't guarantee that the lawyer will be able to think on his or her feet in the service of the client.
George

Jacksonville, FL

#5 Mar 10, 2015
RevKen wrote:
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You know this. No classroom can teach the trial lawyer. Knowledge of the Law is imperative. But, it doesn't guarantee that the lawyer will be able to think on his or her feet in the service of the client.
Precisely for this reason, priests served stints as associates before becoming rectors. Lawyers serve as judicial clerks and interns learning how practice differs from school. Just because the state says admission to the bar is enough, doesn't mean a newbie lawyer should be trusted with even the most basic task. You are making my point for me. Dealing with vestries, finances, supervising staff and negotiating with the lay leaders can be daunting for even a seasoned priest. That isn't to say these priests can't do it - just that it is unusual to see people go from ordination straight to being rectors.

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#6 Mar 10, 2015
George wrote:
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Precisely for this reason, priests served stints as associates before becoming rectors. Lawyers serve as judicial clerks and interns learning how practice differs from school. Just because the state says admission to the bar is enough, doesn't mean a newbie lawyer should be trusted with even the most basic task. You are making my point for me. Dealing with vestries, finances, supervising staff and negotiating with the lay leaders can be daunting for even a seasoned priest. That isn't to say these priests can't do it - just that it is unusual to see people go from ordination straight to being rectors.
Well, that all depends on the circumstances and the individual, George. And because of those circumstances and those individuals, you quite effectively make my point for me.

Some lawyers are accountants who step right into their law practice with the accounting skills needed to hit the ground running. Some lawyers never become trial lawyers, because they can't stand up in front of people and speak without shaking in their boots. Some priests serve for periods on the vestry or in the Diocese in various capacities or as a Deacon before applying to the priesthood. They are ready before they go into seminary.

Some are just plain naturals, George.

On the job training. Nothing better.
putin s pooty poo

Sonoma, CA

#7 Mar 13, 2015
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