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Welcome, Beth Royalty!

After a year of prayerful discernment and search, and with joyful enthusiasm for our future, we welcome the Rev. V. Beth Royalty as our new rector. Rev. Beth's first Sunday at Calvary was March 26. In the March 27 Visitor, Beth said: "My heart is full from yesterday's 'first Sunday' with you all. What a day!  Three full services, wonderful fellowship, lots of small ones in Sunday school, and just a great joyous feeling that permeated everything ... I am very grateful and feel blessed beyond measure to be your priest."  

During her visit to Calvary in January, Beth took time to sit alone in the church and pray. She later wrote to the Search Committee:

From Beth Royalty

I could feel the generations of prayers that have risen up to God in that space. I could hear the countless liturgies that have been spoken there. I could imagine the joy and the tears, the wondering, the pleas, the rhythm of the outside world that had an effect on the people of this church over the past 150 years.”

Biography of Beth

The oldest of five siblings, Beth was born in Boston and raised in Atlanta. When she was 21, she spent a formative year working for the clerk of works at Coventry Cathedral in England. That year continues to inform her deep interest in issues of hospitality and reconciliation.

Returning to the U.S., she earned a B.S. in hospitality administration and spent the next 15 years working in the hotel and restaurant business in Atlanta. After a time of spiritual discernment, Beth was approved in The Diocese of Atlanta to attend seminary and obtained a master's in divinity at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Beth served for eight years as Senior Associate Rector at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Atlanta, followed by seven years as Rector of St. Clement’s in St. Paul and then her interim position at St. Mark's in Dalton. Beth says that there are few aspects of parish life that she is not passionate about, and is glad to be able to continue to explore God’s call in her life towards parish priesthood, mission, and spending every day in the work God continues to give her to do.

She will arrive in Rochester with her daughter, Margaret, who is 32, and because of the challenges of spina bifida lives with her mother and a great dog named Oscar. Beth says she fell in love with Minnesota and is very glad to be able to come home. She comes to us with excitement and curiosity about Rochester and, above all, deep gratefulness to be able to start a new journey with the people of Calvary.

Rev. Beth Royalty and her daughter, Margaret
Minnesota-ready
Oscar is part of the family!

To learn more, see the announcement at our annual meeting of our new rector. To learn more about our parish discernment process, see our parish profile.

Join the Celebrations

An intergenerational potluck celebrating Beth's arrival will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1, in Brackenridge Hall. Sign up on Sign-Up Genius or on the sign-up sheet in Brackenridge Hall.

If your last name begins with A-M, please bring a Minnesota hot dish. If your last name begins with N-Z, please bring jello, salad or bars.

Join us for this joyful Minnesota celebration of our new rector!