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St. Paul’s has a long history of being blessed with gifted associate clergy. Invariably, these clergy serve and learn at SPBS and then go on to bless and strengthen other churches. One young associate learned a lot during her time at SPBS and is now back as the Rector!

Karen Isaacs’s last Sunday with us will be on December 18, as she is taking up the post of Justice Animator at Little Trinity Church (a church wonderfully led by another SPBS graduate – Tim Haughton!).
During her almost 3 years with us, Karen has been a key part of the staffing team during a time of significant upheaval and transition – not only the retirement of our former Rector, Barry Parker, but also the onslaught of a global pandemic and all its implications.
Karen pioneered our very successful online weekly Compline service and participants will miss not only Karen’s warm pastoral leading of that, but also her cat’s participation.
With Karen’s oversight, our Refugee Ministry has flourished, and we now have two active refugee sponsorships unfolding. One of the indicators of a healthy ministry is if things keep going after you leave, and Karen will be leaving a strong and capable Refugee Committee.
Many of you will attest to Karen’s infectious smile on Sundays, and her attentive and wise pastoral guidance. We happily anticipate our continued partnership with Little Trinity in Outreach ministries and look forward to hearing how God continues to use Karen’s gifts for God’s glory and the extension of God’s Kingdom.
Jenny Andison

Bishop Jenny Andison is the former area bishop of York-Credit Valley in the Diocese of Toronto and became Rector of St. Paul’s Bloor Street in 2021. Bishop Jenny was born in England and has lived in Pakistan, India, Singapore and Japan.