St. Andrew’s to welcome Meghan Mullarkey as Curate

Beginning in July, St. Andrew’s will welcome the Reverend Meghan Mullarkey as Curate (or assisting priest). Meghan will serve with us for two years on a half-time basis, through a program of our diocese that supports newly ordained clergy in congregations to gain experience and mentoring in parish ministry.

Meghan grew up in the Washington DC area and after graduating from college in 2006, moved in 2007 to Seattle. She discovered the Episcopal Church at the Church of the Apostles, a very creative church-plant in the Fremont area of Seattle. When she first moved to Seattle, she worked as a Youth Advocate at a teen homeless shelter, and then began working at Church of the Apostles as an administrator, a pastoral presence, and a volunteer coordinator until 2012.

She began seminary in 2008 and received her MDiv from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2012. She worked as a Youth Director at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Bellevue, then as the Parish Administrator at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Mercer Island. Ordained a Transitional Deacon last December, she has been serving a diaconal internship at St. Columba’s in Kent.

Meghan met her husband, Luke, in seminary while he was pursuing his Masters in Counseling. They got married in 2013 and moved from Seattle to Tacoma in early 2016. In January of this year, they had their first child, Cascade (“Cassie”). They also have a dog named Scout.

This is a very exciting threshold for St. Andrew’s. I am excited to welcome Meghan and her family to our congregation and to welcome the gifts and ministries that God will bring into our midst through her. She has met with our Vestry, and they are also excited to welcome her to St. Andrew’s. We will be discerning in the coming several months how she will serve among us, and what new ministries and initiatives she will facilitate here.

I want to be very clear that this addition to our parish staff should not diminish or take anything from our current team: Fr. Ed, Pam Tinsley, Matthew Moravec, Sunshine DeGennaro and Linda Brice. Meghan will complement and enrich our ministries while helping us to serve and grow ahead.

St. Andrew’s has never had a curate. We are thankful to our Bishop and to Canon Marda Stedman-Sanborn for considering us for this opportunity. We are also thankful for the generosity of our pledges for 2017 that enables us to step up to this opportunity. The diocese will provide 1⁄4 of her compensation, with St. Andrew’s providing the other 1⁄4. Our Finance Committee and Vestry have studied and do affirm this expansion of our paid staff.

Meghan will be ordained to the Priesthood on June 20, 7 pm, at St. Mark’s Cathedral. I hope that a number of us will be there to celebrate with her. Her first Sunday will be on July 2, at both 8 am and 10 am. We will have a Potluck Supper on Friday, July 7 at 6:00 pm to welcome Meghan, Luke and Cascade to St. Andrew’s. And I look forward to all of you getting to know her as we begin this ‘curacy’.

Adapted from Fr. Martin’s  article in the June Tartan