A Letter to Prospective Candidates
We’re only a bridge away and then a causeway before you reach our handsome white clapboard church. St. Brendan the Navigator is located on the north end of Deer Isle, Maine. We are a small parish, mostly retirees about half of whom are summer residents. Our congregation began humbly in the early 1980s meeting in parishioners’ homes in various locations around the island. Theologians, teachers, and artists were among the early founders. We shared facilities with other churches before moving in 2009 to our current light-filled space, built as a Congregational Church in the 1870s.
Deer Isle is home to the internationally known Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the village of Stonington (boasting longstanding records for the largest lobster catch in the State), and the Merchant’s Row archipelago, 50+ stunningly beautiful islands that lie between Deer Isle and Isle au Haut. A rich artistic and cultural environment coupled with the spectacular nature and beauty of the island are why many of our parishioners feel Deer Isle is both their physical and spiritual home.
St. Brendan’s has weathered a few storms along the way. A building project and renovation came in at double the generous original funds raised. Thanks to our congregation’s benevolence, we successfully paid off ALL of our debt. The retirement of our priest was another difficult time for us. We did some soul-searching leading to a period of healing and renewal. Our congregation is now ready for a priest who will walk with us on our journey forward.
We have been blessed these past several years with several very committed supply priests who have supported us and fed us spiritually. Meaningful liturgy and preaching are fundamentally important to us. Our congregation is seeking someone who leads through preaching and teaching and welcomes the idea of shared ministry. St. Brendan’s has a strong tradition of lay leadership. We wish to call a priest who values collaboration and who will engage us in ways to strengthen and sustain our spiritual lives and the future of our church.
Our parishioners are passionate about their faith, deep in their desire for spiritual truths and committed to caring for their church family and island neighbors. We want to find new ways to grow into our mission: “Love, praise, welcome, and serve.”
Perhaps you are the person who will help us navigate these uncharted waters? To help us set our course? If so, we invite you to find out more about us. Application instructions can be found on the diocesan website, episcopalmaine.org; look for transition information under Quick Links near the bottom of the home page.
The Search Committee
St. Brendan's Office of Transition Ministry Profile
About Deer Isle
Located in Penobscot Bay in the Gulf of Maine, Deer Isle is located five hours north of Boston, three hours from Portland, and a bit over an hour from Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The island culture is casual and relaxed, reminiscent of the 1950’s. Anchored by the villages of Deer Isle and Stonington, Deer Isle is home to approximately 3,000 year-round residents. The lobster and granite industries have long been and continue to be the bedrock of the local economy. The sea not only provides a livelihood for many, but also provides a myriad of opportunities for boaters, kayakers, and nature enthusiasts. Whether it's enjoying a walk in a nature preserve, visiting an art gallery, attending a play or concert at the Opera House, Deer Isle has much to offer. Click the links below to find out more about our vibrant community:
St. Brendan's Prayer for the Search Process
Almighty God, giver of every good gift, look graciously on the people of St. Brendan's and guide our hearts and minds as we seek to discern your will for our future and seek to be drawn closer to you. Amen.