Sarah Woodford will be joining the staff of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut as its new Canon for Communications & Media. Her desk will be located at The Commons in Meriden and she will begin working on a Part-Time basis in November and Full-Time on December 4th.
Sarah is a graduate of Yale Divinity School. She spent a decade in campus ministry at Saint Thomas More (STM): The Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University where she wrote and edited carefully researched faith and institutional stories through social media, video, blog, and books. Sarah also co-founded STM’s magazine for alums and Running on Faith, a weekly blog about running and faith. She also was the Profile Chair for ECCT’s recent Bishop Diocesan search and the Co-Chair of Bishop Mello’s Consecration Planning Team.
When Sarah’s not in the office, she’s a non-fiction writer who is working on her first book. Her essay, “Bead by Bead,” recently won the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South’s 2023 essay contest. She is a parishioner at Trinity on the Green (New Haven) who enjoys yoga, contemplative prayer, walking in cities, running by the ocean, and spending time with her black Manx cat, Lady—most likely while reading a novel.
“I am excited to welcome Sarah to the staff at the Commons as our new Canon for Communications & Media. Sarah’s skills in communication, her gifts for writing, her passion for the church and her love of God make her just the right person to help us shape our voice across the Diocese and in the world,” said the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Mello, Bishop Diocesan. “I had the great gift to work with Sarah as part of the Consecration Planning Team last year and I find in her someone who is deeply committed to working collaboratively and leading with curiosity and creativity.”
“I have worked with Sarah on the board of the Episcopal Church at Yale and I am overjoyed that she will be joining the staff at The Commons! said the Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan. “Her passion, wisdom, and abundant gifts are a perfect fit for this new role. I can’t wait to see how she will enhance and transform our Communication throughout ECCT. Welcome Sarah!”
“I’m delighted to join the team at the Commons!,” said Sarah. “I’m also delighted to work with all of you in ECCT as we find further clear and meaningful ways to connect to each other and tell our stories of community and faith.”