The Diocese Gives Thanks for the Ministry of the Rev. Lisa G. Fischbeck
The Diocese gives thanks for the ministry of the Rev. Lisa G. Fischbeck, founding vicar of The Episcopal Church of the Advocate, Chapel Hill. The Advocate was born of the vision of our then-bishop diocesan, the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, and the health, vitality and generosity of spirit of the three established Episcopal parishes in Orange County: St. Matthew’s, Hillsborough, and Chapel of the Cross and Church of the Holy Family, Chapel Hill. The mission was established in order to respond to the growing population in Orange County and to provide a new church home to those drawn to be part of a new church community of the liturgical and sacramental tradition.
In summer 2002, Fischbeck was called by a committee of the rectors and wardens of the three sponsoring churches to be the “gathering priest” for the mission, on the model that she would gather together, largely from among the three sponsoring churches, the people who would lead and be that new congregation.
Prior to serving at the Advocate, Fischbeck was ordained at Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, in 1992, and served as assistant to the rector at St. Stephen’s, Durham (1992-1997), and at Church of the Holy Family, Chapel Hill (1997-2002). She has been a spiritual guide, leader, mentor and friend to countless people, and we wish Fischbeck and her husband, Lamar, Godspeed as they move into this new chapter.
O heavenly Father, Shepherd of thy people, we give thee thanks for thy servant Lisa who was faithful in the care and nurture of thy flock; and we pray that, following her example and the teaching of her holy life, we may by thy grace grow into the stature of the fullness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
FROM THE OFFICE OF TRANSITION MINISTRY
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