Dear Heavenly Rest Family,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
After a careful and deliberate discernment process, I am delighted to announce that the Reverend Corrie Cabes will be joining the staff of the Church of the Heavenly Rest as our Assistant Rector in October.
Sponsored for ordination by the Diocese of Fort Worth, Corrie graduated from the Seminary of the Southwest (SSW) in May. While in seminary, Corrie served as a member of the Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage Task Force, a group committed to rediscovering and nurturing the Episcopal Church’s commitment to racial justice. Before attending SSW, Corrie served as a Children and Youth Minister at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Keller, Texas. Corrie brings a passion for Christian Formation and an enthusiasm for engaging with people of all ages to her work at Heavenly Rest.
As Assistant Rector, Corrie will coordinate Heavenly Rest’s Christian Formation activities. In particular, she will provide guidance and spiritual leadership to our “Exploring Spiritual Treasure” newcomer welcoming program. More generally, Corrie will serve this parish as a pastor, priest, and teacher, helping us to continue nurturing our identity as a repository of grace and source of blessing and Abilene and beyond.
Those who had the opportunity to meet Corrie were impressed with her warmth, calming presence, and passionate commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. For her part, Corrie expressed deep appreciation for the hospitality she and her family received when they came to interview. When she officially accepted the position, she indicated that she was “feeling very blessed." I assured her that the feeling was mutual!
Corrie is married to Richard, and they have two teenage children: Clay, who recently graduated from high school, and Olivia, who is in ninth grade.
Corrie and her family will be arriving in Abilene in the middle of October. We expect that her first Sunday with us will be October 18. Please reach out to welcome Corrie during her first few weeks. In the meantime, please keep Corrie, Richard, Clay, and Olivia in your prayers as they prepare to become part of this community.
The Reverend David F. Romanik