Retired Clergy Chaplains
In fall 2018, ECCT commissioned a chaplain to the retired clergy in each of the ECCT Regions, and they have proven to be a valuable resource for retired clergy and spouses. We have now added a chaplain to retired deacons. Our chaplains are here for your support and assistance, whether it is to answer a question, point you to a resource, or just to have a friendly chat. We are pleased to introduce our chaplains below. Please feel free to reach out to them!
The Rev. Marilyn Anderson - Northwest Region
Marilyn Anderson retired in early 2018 after having been rector of Christ Church Parish in Redding for twelve years. Prior to her call to Redding, Marilyn served as the associate rector at St. Andrew's in Madison. She holds seminary degrees from Yale Divinity School and General Seminary. Marilyn lives in Salisbury, in the little town of Lakeville, with her husband Barry. They have two adult daughters. In her spare time she watches for bears, bobcats, and yellow-rumped warblers.
The Rev. Ben Brockman - Northeast Region
Prior to retirement, Ben taught in the departments of English and Medieval Studies at UConn (Storrs, 1968-93) and served parishes in Litchfield (1987-93) and Fairfield (1993-2008). After retiring in 2008, he has served as interim rector in Westport and Storrs and priest in charge in Stafford Springs, and provided sabbatical, medical leave and Sunday supply priest assistance in the Hartford area and the eastern half of the state. He and his wife, Linda, live in Vernon.
The Rev. Donald Hamer - North Central Region
The Rev. Dr. Donald Hamer retired in March 2019 as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Hartford, having served there for over 15 years. Prior to that, he served as Associate Rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Manchester, CT for 3 years.
Before his ordination in 2000, Don was in private law practice for 23 years, focusing on the areas of estate planning, probate, and estate settlement. He served on the Board of Education in Glastonbury for 3 years and as a Judge of Probate for the District of Glastonbury for 14 years, serving as chair of the Conservator/Guardian standards committee and as President Judge of the Connecticut Probate Assembly. A graduate of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, he earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Hartford Seminary in 2016, where his doctoral project was entitled, From Hospitality to Mission: Discerning God's Mission at Trinity Episcopal Church, Hartford, CT. He is presently Convener of the Speaker's Bureau for ECCT's Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation Network and serves as Chaplain for the Retired Clergy and Spouses of the North Central Region.
The Rev. Patricia Jackson - Deacons
The Rev. Patricia Jackson spent over 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry as Clinical Researcher ensuring that some of the antibiotics we take meet FDA standards - that is, they are not only safe but also effective. Taking a very early retirement from Bristol Myers-Squibb, Pat later worked for Bayer Pharmaceuticals of West Haven and Hoffman-La Roche in Nutley, New Jersey from which she is now really retired.
In between, Pat took Holy Orders to become a Clergy in the Episcopal Church of Connecticut, and was raised up from little St. Martin's Church at the corner of Andover and Colebrook Streets in Hartford. She was ordained a Deacon in September 2007 and served at Trinity Episcopal Church, Sigourney Street, Hartford and at Church of the Holy Trinity in Middletown.
Pat's diaconal passion centers around support for the poor, lonely, sick, forgotten, housebound, and marginalized both inside and outside of the Church community. This passion has led her to be an advocate for our retired deacon community whom she faithfully serves both in their lives and at the time of their deaths.
The Rev. Joseph Krasinski - South Central Region
Greetings beloved children of God. I am Joseph Krasinski, Chaplain to the retired clergy and spouses in the South Central Region. I have been a priest in ECCT for 38 years, having served all types and sizes of parish from rural to urban. Before ordination, I worked on Wall Street at US Trust Co. of NY. Upon becoming "pensioned," I agreed to serve as Provisional Priest-in-Charge at St. John's, North Haven, where I currently reside with my husband, Jim Hughes. We have two grown daughters who, to their fathers' consternation, live in TX.
The Rev. Pete Powell - Southwest Region
Pete Powell is retired as the President/CEO of a nonprofit, Homes with Hope in 2010. He has enjoyed becoming more involved with ECCT since retirement and looks forward to getting to know the retired in his region better. He is a Priest Associate at Christ & Holy Trinity in Westport and an Assisting Priest at St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square. Pete is a post-modern biblical scholar and enjoys teaching on the bible at both churches. Pete is looking forward to focusing on getting to know the Retired Clergy in the Southwest Region.
The Rev. Diana Rogers - Southeast Region
Diana is serving as provisional priest in charge at the Church of the Holy Advent in Clinton. Having just celebrated her tenth anniversary of ordination to the priesthood (General Theological Seminary 2008), she has served part time positions in St Paul and Austin, MN, and in Durham and Orange, CT. Prior to her ordination, she worked in corporate America and as director of vocations for the VIIIth bishop of the Diocese of Minnesota, the Rt. Rev. James Jelinek. She had two adult children, one in NYC and one in Minnesota.
Retired Clergy Luncheons
Retired clergy in ECCT, along with spouses/partners, are invited to gather twice each year with at least one of the ECCT bishops for a luncheon and a time for conversation. Events are announced in the regular weekly eNewsletter, as well as through a Constant Contact email with a registration link. Questions and comments about these events may be directed to Bishop Ahrens' office via administrator Pam Sola, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 203-639-3501 ext. 108.