Ogden will serve as an unpaid curate, or assistant priest, for a year.
"There's a sense of collegiality, with Ginny, Deacon Bob and me," Mojallali said. "Ginny has a real sense of leadership, and could easily stay for four or five years. But there's a lot of potential for her, and she'll be coveted by other parishes."
"I wanted a mentorship for about a year," Ogden said of her decision to stay at St. Stephen's in an unpaid position. "I want to work with the elderly, who I refer to as the 'young at hearts.' They need an advocate. I also like the people at St. Stephen's. I never felt I had to put on a faCade here. The feeling is genuine. People rejoice with you, they cry with you. You can be yourself."
It's clear that Ogden is settling into the routine of her job, as the sexton comes to ask for more closet space, and a question arises about the use of the choir loft. Through all of this, one thing remains with Ogden.
"There's a deep joy," she said of her new role. "I'm hoping to hold onto it."