Nearly five decades ago, a few Albany Episcopalians gathered in the Carow family’s living room with a goal of creating a new congregation to join the city’s Episcopal community. Out of those early origins grew St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.
Like many congregations, St. Patrick’s has seen its numbers ebb and flow across the years, and there have been numerous milestones. Now, as it closes out a half-century of holy commitment and service to the community, the parish is celebrating its momentous anniversary and renewed vigor with a special series of services.
To mark the occasion, the following services and events are scheduled:
June 12 – Pentecost Sunday, including a Holy Baptism rite for the new baby daughter of the current rector, The Reverend Jay Weldon, and his wife Alison.
June 19 – Trinity Sunday, with guest preacher, and St. Patrick’s second rector, The Reverend Michael Rowell.
June 26 – An Episcopal Visit from the Right Reverend Scott A. Benhase, 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia.
July 1 – Beginning at 6 p.m., a special buffet and silent auction celebrating the history, stories, and legacy of St. Patrick’s will take place at Chehaw Park. The cost will be $15 for adults and $10 for children and youth.
July 3 – The extended anniversary celebration will culminate in a special service at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in its new location at 4800 Old Dawson Road welcoming back former rectors, priests, deacons, congregation members, and others. St. Patrick’s inaugural rector, the Reverend Reginald Gunn, will be the celebrant for the memorable occasion.
The congregation of St. Patrick’s invites the community to join with them in this remarkable experience by attending any of the services or all of them.