ECWK is serving as a "sabbatical site" in which a priest offers Sunday services at St. Paul's and St. John's, and emergency pastoral care in exchange for living in a furnished vicarage (which was recently refurbished), and having a vehicle to drive. This ministry began in January 2012. ECWK prefers that priests stay for at least two months. For more information on serving short-term with ECWK, visit the Diocesan website HERE.
The Rev. David & Susan Englund of Palermo, CA
August & September
I am Fr. David Englund, my wife is Susan, and we look forward to being with the Ohana in West Kauai again. We were there three years ago and look forward to re-uniting with everyone.
I am 71 years old and a retired priest in the Diocese of Northern California. I do 'supply work' at different congregations in the Diocese. In 2019, I also did interim supply at All Saints, Kapaa on two occasions for a total time of 8 months. The Covid pandemic prevented us from coming back to Kauai in 2020, and we look forward to returning to ECWK.
Susan and I have four lovely daughters and eight wonderful grandchildren. They keep us very busy. We reside in Palermo, California (about 65 miles north of Sacramento). We enjoy many things in our retirement - hobby farming, traveling, cooking, reading, making music, and dining with friends. I have never been bored in retirement. I love being a priest, enjoy preaching and celebrating at the altar, and meeting with God's people. Above all, we seek to follow Jesus in all that we do. We give thanks to God for a wonderful life.
Aloha, Father David
The Rev. Dr. Olivia Hilton of Washington, D.C. (photo taken at St. Mary's Chapel, Washington National Cathedral)
October & November
Greetings from Washington, D.C.! I am Mother Olivia, and I am very much looking forward to this time of ministry together. I first lived in Hawai’i in the mid-eighties, as a graduate student at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. I have returned several times over the years, most recently in 2019 as a consultant to the Punahou School’s PUEO seven-year summer program (Partnerships in Unlimited Educational Opportunities), which serves economically disadvantaged children in grades 6-12. However, I have never spent time on Kaua’i and am excited to be with you as we all continue to grapple with the effects of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.
My first career was as a Foreign Service Officer, serving with the U.S. Department of State overseas and in Washington for 27 years. However, I was bivocational for the last decade as a diplomat, since I felt called to the priesthood and was ordained a deacon in 2005 and a priest in 2006 in the Diocese of Washington (D.C.). In the Episcopal Church in the U.S. and the Anglican Communion abroad, I have served as a parish priest, a chaplain, and an itinerant minister (“supply priest”). I have always been drawn to Christianity’s contemplative tradition, influenced by such theologians as the English Medieval mystic, Julian of Norwich, and the American Trappist monk, Thomas Merton. In her book 'Revelations of Divine Love', Julian wrote, "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well." Merton once commented, "Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone -- we find it with another." My prayer for the congregations of St. Paul’s and St. John’s as we begin our two-month ministry together is that we may walk in love, as Christ loved us, honoring the Episcopal Church on West Kaua’i’s rich history and embracing a Spirit-filled future.
I have two young adult children and enjoy reading, the performing arts, listening to music, traveling (when there’s not a global pandemic), and going on long walks with my Dalmatian.
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