I came to St. Hilda's House to continue discerning a call to the priesthood while living in intentional community and serving the greater New Haven Community, after deciding to take an additional year in discernment under the counsel of my bishops -- in lieu of enrolling at Yale Divinity School, which had been my original plan before unexpected life changes caused me to pause and ask who and what God was calling me to be in the present. I had initially applied to St. Hilda's in 2015, but instead decided to teach history at a public high school for two years while beginning the formal discernment process. Being a huge fan of Dorothy Day and deeply influenced by her autobiography, "The Long Loneliness", I am excited about living in a a communal faith community and advocating for the least served in New Haven as I continue to pray for discernment regarding my vocation to serve God's people.
Charlie Heeley is a "cradle" Episcopalian and postulant in the Diocese of North Carolina, discerning a call to the priesthood. His background is in education and Campus and Young Adult ministry; after serving with the Presbyterian Church (USA) for three years in outdoor ministries at Monroe Camp and Retreat Center, he co-founded the campus Episcopal-Lutheran Ministry (ELM) at UNC Pembroke and liased with the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina and the Lutheran Synod to form a worshipping community. He has served nationally with the Episcopal Church, addressing the Kindling Conference for college chaplains in 2014. He hopes to attend seminary in the future and begin his Master of Divinity degree.