The Reverend Daniel Simons
Daniel was welcomed as Priest in Charge of St. Paul’s in February 2020. He joins us in Norwalk after eleven years at Trinity Church, Wall Street, where he served in a variety of clergy leadership positions, including director of liturgy, hospitality, and pilgrimage, and most recently as director of the Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall, Connecticut.
After graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1994, Daniel’s vocational path led first through cathedral ministry as Canon Pastor of St. Stephen’s, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He then responded to a call to explore monastic life with the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
After seven years of formation and leadership in that community, Daniel returned to parish-based life, joining St. Gregory of Nyssa church in San Francisco to direct national initiatives in congregational development through liturgy and music. In San Francisco, Daniel met his husband, Javier Galitó-Cava, whose life-work forming actors has blended with Daniel’s own vocation to create a common pilgrimage that has continued to unfold for the past 14 years.
Daniel’s spiritual orientation and practice has been influenced by extended contact with Buddhist, Jewish, and Muslim spiritual communities and teaching. His spiritual grounding is also shaped by regular immersion in unbuilt environments in Nature. For the past 20 years he has created and led pilgrimages throughout the biblical world, Europe, Ethiopia, the American South, and Standing Rock, and pilgrimage has come to be the central lens through which he understands life’s journey.
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Ordained in 1995 in Newark, Mother Louise came to the Diocese of CT in 1999, serving as the rector of Emmanuel Church in Stamford.
Since 2003, Mother Louise has been part of the life and ministry of St. Paul’s as an associate priest, while also serving as an intentional interim priest in various churches throughout Connecticut.
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Jake is an organist and harpsichordist originally from North Reading, Massachusetts. He is a prizewinner in music criticism as well as in multiple international organ competitions, and holds degrees in music and keyboard performance from Holy Cross College, Oberlin Conservatory, and Yale University. He served as Organ Scholar at Trinity Church in Copley Square, Boston from 2012-13, and studied in Germany as a Fulbright scholar from 2013-14. He is currently the accompanist for the Fairfield County Chorale.
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Marsha Dunn, Associate for Member Engagement & Administration
Hailing originally from Georgia, Marsha joined the St. Paul’s staff in February 2015 as the Parish Administrator. She brings a warm, efficient and helpful presence to the St. Paul’s office and maintains organization over a variety of office systems each weekday. In September, 2017 Marsha’s position was reconfigured to include the important oversight of St. Paul’s signature “Radical Welcome” and engagement. Her Sunday presence offers a consistent point of entry for newcomers and a touchstone for established members seeking greater involvement.
Marsha is a lifelong Episcopalian who also serves in leadership roles at her home parish, Christ Church, East Norwalk. She can be reached in the parish office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9am – 5pm.
To reach Marsha, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (203) 847-2806.
Don Sileo, Coordinator for Worship
Don first came to St. Paul’s in 1996 to sing in the choir which he continues to do. In 2003, he retired after 31 years as a middle school language arts teacher in Norwalk to open a bookstore at St.Paul’s on the Green which grew to become Gifts on the Green.
Don’s primary staff role today is as Coordinator for Worship. Don can also be found singing with the basses of the Adult Choir and Schola.
A lifetime member of the Episcopal Church, Steve made St. Paul’s his home parish in 2004. He accepted the position of part time Facility Manager in 2006. Steve’s responsibilities include oversight of the grounds and buildings and he serves as the main contact for organizations and individuals wanting to use space at the church.
Steve enjoys his work time almost as much as his time assisting with worship by offering his expertise in training worship ministers.
Ferbian Salkie, Sexton
Ferbian Salkie has served as part-time Sexton at St. Paul’s since January of 2013, and works to help maintain the large physical plant at St. Paul’s. Born in Jamaica, Ferbian has lived in the United States since age 11, graduating from Norwalk High School, where he also served in the ROTC. In 2005, Ferbian graduated from Porter and Chester Institute, where he studied to be a heating and cooling technician. Ferbian holds a full-time position with Ring’s End in Lewisboro, NY.
Originally from Goldsby, Oklahoma Abraham Wallace is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he received bachelors degrees in piano and geophysics. During his undergraduate years, he also studied pipe organ performance with the faculty members of the American Organ Institute. Currently, he serves as the organist and choir director for Trinity Lutheran Church in Norman, OK. He will begin coursework in pursuance of an M.M. degree concentrating on organ and sacred music at Yale University in September 2019.
Terri Polley and Anne Watkins, Wardens
Brad McKinney, Treasurer
Sandy Bria, Clerk
Vestry members: Carol Custus, Wally Frey, Mirella Gonzalez, Diane Jellerette, Ryan Kopreski, Donna Lewis, Bryan McBeth, Lynn Ryan, Rob Walker
Nominating Committee News
Your Vestry is working to remove any mystery about what a Vestry is, what it does, and how Vestry members are chosen. The Nominating Committee is currently gathering names of parishioners who might make capable members of the parish governance team. Read more about the process at this link. As you read, consider who you think might be a potential vestry person, based on the role description here. Names may be submitted to Wally Frey by November 30, 2020: email@example.com.