Retirement of the Rev. Clement Carelse: As you may be aware, Rev. Clement Carelse announced his well-deserved retirement in May 2020 after a 12+ year music director career at St. Peter’s Erindale. He had been planning to take on an exciting new post-retirement music adventure at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Charlottetown, PEI. Due to COVID-19, this opportunity was postponed and Clem generously agreed to continue his music directorship on a part-time basis for the past 18 months. We have been thankful for Clem’s presence and music ministry during these difficult times, under a multitude of restrictions and technology challenges.
Clem will now officially be starting his new post in mid-April. We hope to put a team in place in early spring to commence work to recruit a new music director. It is our intention that the hiring of a music director will follow the Bishop’s appointment of a new incumbent so that our new incumbent is involved in the process (our new incumbent and music director must work closely together!).
We wanted to let you know that we’ve put plans in place to carry on our music ministry at St. Peter’s with an interim team effective February 1, 2022. Lori Dolloff has agreed to take on the leadership of our choir and Lori & Mark Matterson have kindly agreed to share the music director role until Fall 2022 (by which time we hope to have a new choir/music director in place). We are also blessed to have Mark Matterson continuing to serve as Handbell Choir Director.
We would like to honour Clem’s legacy at our parish with a celebration of his music ministry on Sunday, January 30, 2022 after the 10:00 am service. If you would like to be part of this event planning team, please contact Ken Baxter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note the special times for our services on January 30th which will be at 8 am and 10 am and that the Rev. Deacon Clem Carelse will be the homilist at both services.