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Welcome, Beth Royalty!

With joyful hearts, our parish celebrated the installation of our new rector, the Rev. V. Beth Royalty. The Bishop of Minnesota, the Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior, led the Celebration of New Ministry. Our church was filled to the brim with local Episcopal clergy and members of the congregation of all ages.

After the service, Beth wrote in the Weekly Visitor:

From Beth Royalty

My heart is full to overflowing with gratitude and love for all of you in this wonderful faith community.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart and soul. Now, the transition is over. Our relationship as faith community and Rector, this weaving of mutual ministry, is "official." We look into the fall, into the days, months and years to come with energy and faith to be about God's work in this place. I can't think of anywhere I would rather be, than Calvary Episcopal Church in Rochester."

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.

Our wardens, Penny Duffy and John Beltz, present the keys of the church to Rev. Beth  
Children present Rev. Beth with symbols of Christian formation
Bishop Prior, Deacon Jon Spinillo-Grzywa and Rev. Beth

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.