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St. Philip, Deacon and Evangelist
Episcopal Church

Lucie Thomas

The Rev. Lucie Thomas, Priest in Charge

I am a native Californian who, as a child, spent summers and holidays on her grandparents' small cattle ranch in the hills east of Morgan Hill. My father was a U.S. Forester so my brother Richard and I grew up in various towns in the Central Valley near the forests where our dad was stationed. We later moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and then to Ogden, Utah. We both attended a Presbyterian Mission Boarding High School in southern Utah, a school with students from all over the West as well as from Africa, Asia and various American Indian reservations. I thank the school for the opportunity to develop friendships with students from different cultural backgrounds and for a good foundation in Christian history and theology.

My mother, a nurse from New York City, encouraged me to go to college back East, so I majored in anthropology at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia. In the mid '70's, as a graduate student at Washington University in St Louis, I began thesis research in Guatemala which was cut short by the devastating 1976 earthquake there. I immediately volunteered to do relief work and also became involved in the development of fuel conserving cookstoves for third world countries, including projects in Lesotho and Botswana in southern Africa. In the 1980's, after learning that my mentor in Guatemala had been assassinated, I began to work with a human rights organization in Oregon, taking a number of delegations to various Central American countries, as well as investigating the situation of the Mapuche Indians in Chile as a member of an international human rights team in 1984.

It was while doing the human rights work in cooperation with an ecumenical organization in Oregon that I encountered the Episcopal Church and decided to join and be confirmed. Some years later I felt called into the priesthood and went through the discernment process. In 1995 I received a Masters of Divinity Degree at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, in Berkeley, and first served as associate rector in a church in Duluth, Minnesota, for eight years. My next call was to a church in Nogales, Arizona, right on the border with Mexico, where I served as rector for nine years. Recently, before returning to California, I served for a year and a half as the interim rector of a Mexican Anglican Church in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

I am bilingual, having become fluent in Spanish while studying in Peru on a Fulbright scholarship right after graduation from college. I am excited to be called to serve as the Priest in Charge of this multicultural church. May we enjoy a challenging and blessed journey together as we share the good news of Jesus Christ in East San Jose.

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St. Philip's Episcopal Church
5038 Hyland Avenue
San José, CA 95127
Phone: (408) 251-8621

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