Interim Rector Called
The Reverend Elizabeth Anne Bagioni Tesi
It is with great excitement that we announce the selection of our Interim Rector, the Rev. Elizabeth Anne Bagioni Tesi. Betsy, as she prefers to be called, was one of the recommended candidates presented to the vestry by the diocese of Virginia. After several interviews with three candidates by the selection committee, the entire vestry had a chance to meet the short list of the final two rectors. In the end, Betsy was the unanimous choice of us all.
Betsy received a BA in Psychology and Literature from Wells College, completed her Master in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2004, and completed a Master of Science in Patient Counseling at VCU in 2007. Betsy did her Seminarian work at St Mark’s Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. She was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in April of 2005. From 2011 until now Betsy has been an Assistant Rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Eugene, Oregon. St. Mary’s is the largest parish in the Eugene/Springfield area. While there, Betsy has supervised the Education staff, managed volunteers and budgets for Fellowship and Education, created curriculum and led Confirmation classes for adults and teens, organized logistics for teen Pilgrimages to England, supervised and led Adult Ed programs, created and led a Liturgical Arts commission, and formed a women’s spirituality group.
Before her time at St. Mary’s, Betsy was also; a staff chaplain at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT; Priest-in-Charge at Church of the Epiphany in Southbury, CT; Chaplain Resident, VCU Health Systems; Vicar Pro Tem, Church of Our Savior, Montpelier, VA; Chaplain, Youth Work Camp, Shrine Mont; Assistant Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA; Chaplain, Virginia Hospital Center; Chaplain, Arlington county Police Department, Arlington, VA She is a Board Certified chaplain and a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains since 2010. She is an avid cyclist and has participated in several triathlons around the country, and would like to start a cycling group at Holy Cross. So pull your bicycles out of the garage, oil ‘em up and get ready to ride!
I would like to thank the other members of the Interim Search Committee, Megan Hoskins, Laurel McGinley and Carl Kemp for their extra time and effort required to find the best fit for our congregation here at Holy Cross. Please welcome Betsy with open arms when she arrives. She is so looking forward to meeting all of you.
Interim Rector Search Committee Chair