Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
When you enter Trinity Episcopal Church you can look up and see that the ceiling resembles the inside hull of a boat. In fact, the name of the part of the church where the congregation sits is called the “nave” from the Latin word navis which means boat. Just as Noah and his family navigated the arc to new life after the flood, the Church holds and navigates all of us to the promised kingdom of God. I thank God for the opportunity to sail with you as rector of Trinity Episcopal Church.
I am an Italian-American from Rochester, New York. I lived in Rochester until the age of twelve, when my family moved to Dallas, Texas. After leaving Texas to go to college in Northern California, I attended my first Episcopal Church service at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Later, I moved to Athens, Ohio to pursue a master’s degree in International Affairs from Ohio University. I attended the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd on the campus of Ohio University and was active in the Canterbury association there. I then moved to East Lansing, Michigan, where I earned a doctorate in Latin American & Caribbean history at Michigan State University. I was received into the Episcopal Church in 2004 by the Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr., Tenth Bishop of Michigan.
I met my wife Susanne Eineigel while we were both studying abroad in Southwestern Mexico. She is from British Columbia, Canada. Susanne came to the USA to earn a doctorate in Latin American history at the University of Maryland. We were married in St. Agnes’ Anglican Church in Vancouver in 2006. Susanne and I lived in New York City for three years while I attended the General Theological Seminary. I was ordained to the priesthood in 2010 at Grace Church in Newark, New Jersey by Bishop Gibbs. Our daughter Lucia was born in 2013. Before coming to Kentucky, we lived in New York and Tennessee, where I served parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee.
Susanne, Lucia, and I are grateful to be at Trinity Episcopal Church in Owensboro.
God bless you and those you love.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. David Carletta