Welcome The Rev. Joseph G. Hodsdon

Date: 06/08/2020
Time: The Rev. Joseph G. Hodsdon
Location: San Jose Episcopal Church

Dear people of San Jose,Catie And Gray Cc

What a blessing it is to finally join you as your new Curate! Catie and I have looked forward to being with you for some time. Of course, with the unwanted arrival of COVID-19, our first months here have been more limited than we anticipated. Interacting with various groups of the parish, gathering together at social functions, meeting face-to-face and with a full physically-gathered congregation each Sunday—all of these plans have been delayed. But I take comfort in the fact that it is only a delay until we can safely gather together. In the meantime, it has been wonderful to meet a number of you on Sundays, to speak to others of you on the phone, and to begin working with Steph and the parish staff. My call as Curate—and that of the whole staff—to serve you through public worship and prayer, continues. Amazingly, this slow and unusual start has not diminished the welcome that Catie and I have received, and we are grateful to you all for the personal notes you sent us and for the continued welcome we feel each week. Thank you!

A few notes about me: I was born and raised in Sanford, NC. My dad is an Episcopal priest and my mom is a teacher, having spent much of her career serving in Montessori Schools. I have two older brothers, Brad and Ben, who have both served in the military. Ben remains stationed here in Jacksonville, while Brad lives in Seattle, WA.

My parents and I moved to Jacksonville, FL in 2007, at which time I was enrolled in the Episcopal School of Jacksonville. I then attended Florida State University from 2011 to 2016, where I studied religion and sacred music with a focus in organ. While there, I was active at the campus’ Episcopal University Center, Ruge Hall, serving as organist and office assistant. I also served on the student vestry for three years. Ruge was and remains an important place in my spiritual life as well as my personal life. I made many lasting friendships at Ruge, but most notably, it is where I met my wife; Catie and I met there and began dating in 2012.

While in college, I also became active at St. John’s, Tallahassee, first with the choir. I had the privilege of serving as a music intern for a year and co-chairing the church’s Invite-Welcome-Connect ministry before graduating from FSU and leaving Tallahassee. It was during my time in Tallahassee, particularly at Ruge Hall and St. John’s, that I discerned a clear call to ordained ministry. While walking the Camino de Santiago, a roughly 500-mile pilgrimage route across northern Spain, that call became all the more clear, and I began the discernment process at St. John’s and with the Diocese of Florida upon my return.

After a year interning at the Diocese of Florida with the Bishop’s Institute for Ministry and Leadership, I began seminary at the School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South—three wonderful years of formation for the priesthood in worship, prayer, and study in a robust community on top of the Cumberland Plateau.

I am excited now, even in this challenging and constrained time, to get to know all of you and to grow with you in Christ as your Curate in the coming years.

Yours in Christ,