Meet the newly ordained in ECCT! These six faithful followers of Christ were ordained to the priesthood in January and February 2021. We’ve invited them to share a little bit about themselves including where they’re currently serving and their hopes and dreams for their ministry.
The Rev. Kate McKey-Dunar
Hello! My name is Rev. Kate McKey-Dunar and I am the Missional Curate at Trinity, Brooklyn. I am also a chaplain at Backus hospital and have a deep passion for pastoral care. I am supported by my husband, Edward, son, Paul, and two cats. To relax I love to hike, read, and play board games. I am so excited and blessed to be a new priest and to be a part of ECCT.
The Rev. Timothy O’Leary
I serve as Assistant Rector at St. James’s Church in West Hartford, CT. I am originally from Greenwich, Connecticut and recently graduated from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. I am passionate about adult and youth theological education in the Church.
The Rev. Stephen Nagy
I am a missional curate at St. Mark’s Bridgewater. I graduated from Yale and Berkeley Divinity Schools in 2018, and have had the privilege of serving in several ECCT Northwest Region parishes over my formation. I also spent a post-grad season as a missionary at St. Paul’s Within the Walls and The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center in Rome, Italy (check out my experiences at https://amongthesaintsinrome.home.blog). My journey includes careers in R&D, finance and management in many kinds of businesses. I love discovering where God is at work in the world, often in surprising places outside the walls of church and religion, and invite my parishioners to join Christ in God’s mission there. “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
The Rev. Helena Martin
I found my love of God and church early, serving as choral scholar and acolyte at Christ Church in Greenwich. I earned my bachelor degree at the New School in NYC and then was a rock musician, leading my own band Distoria and playing in several others. This past spring, I graduated from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale (by clicking “Leave Meeting” on a Zoom call) with my Master of Divinity. Now, I’m blessed to be the Missional Curate at St. Paul’s in Southington. I’m still a Yale Divinity School student, earning my Master of Sacred Theology (STM). In addition to parish ministry, I hear God calling me to pursue academic study of the New Testament so I can help transform and deepen the church’s understanding of disability. I live in Hamden with my husband John and our new puppy Lila.
The Rev. Shancia Jarrett
I am the Rev. Shancia Jarrett, and I serve as a curate at Christ Church Greenwich. My ministry vision focuses on Christian formation and discussions on prayer, healing, community development, and transformation. I believe that Christianity allows us to feel and share God’s closeness through fellowship, Holy Scriptures, the Church, and Creation. In times of difficulties and immeasurable joy, the Church remains relevant and has a word for all. My dream is to lead and participate in ministries of evangelism, housing equity, and environmental awareness.
The Rev. Matt Handi
I was born in Connecticut and spent my formative years worshipping Jesus at Immanuel St. James’ Episcopal Church in Derby where I learned about God’s love for all of us and the joy of relationship found therein. I am the father of two, Liam and Victoria, and the husband of one, Jenn. My sending parish was St. Paul’s in Southington a wonderful place where people took me in and freely shared their love and support with me and my family. I now serve at All Saints with Christ Episcopal Church in Oakville as the Missional Curate, a parish full of hope for the future and a budding creativity and curiosity to meet it. The hope for my ministry is that I am able to communicate with seekers and believers alike the utterly awe inspiring, knock you off your feet, beautiful truth that is this idea we are all so perfectly, wonderfully loved by our one triune God.