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It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have new a clergy transition to announce.

The Rev. Liz Costello has accepted a call as rector of St. Thomas, Medina.

Mother Liz grew up on the east coast, spending her formative years in North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in Documentary Studies from East Carolina University, a Master’s of Divinity (M.Div.) and Certificate in Documentary Studies from Duke University, and a Master’s of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) from Yale University.

Before ordination, Liz served as a Children and Youth Worker at St. Peter and St. Paul Parish (Great Missenden, England); Team Leader at Two Saints (a permanent-supportive housing nonprofit, Oxford, England); and a Director of Christian Formation at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church (Burlington, NC). She has experience living in and helping to found Catholic Worker communities in Oxford, England, and Durham, North Carolina, as well as founding a permanent supportive housing complex (St. Francis Apartments at Cathedral Square) in Denver, CO.

After ordination, Mother Liz served as Curate at Saint John’s Cathedral (Denver, Colorado); Associate Rector and Chaplain at Saint Thomas Church and Preschool (Fort Washington, PA); and Priest-in-Charge at Saint Gregory’s Church (Littleton, Colorado). In addition to serving within the parish, she has served on the board of the Saint Francis Center (Denver, CO), chaired the Administration Committee for the Episcopal Church in Colorado, and served on the executive committee of her deanery.

Mother Liz is married to the Rev. Joseph Wolyniak, a fellow Episcopal priest. Together they have been married for 16+ years and have a daughter and a son. When Mother Liz is not at work, you can find her hiking with her family, swimming laps, skiing with her daughter, reading, enjoying cultural events, traveling, and cooking vegetarian cuisine.

Please join us in welcoming Rev. Costello to the diocese and keep all congregations experiencing transition in your prayers.

Clergy Transitions in the Diocese of Olympia

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