Special to The Herald
NEW BRITAIN - Having ministered in Peru, Belize and East Africa, the Rev. Dr. Shaw Mudge is now provisional priest in charge at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
“I’ve been ministering for over 20 years,” said Shaw, “I really like New Britain. I like the people, I like the urban lifestyle. This congregation has been very welcoming toward me.”
One of Shaw’s objectives for helping the New Britain community is expanded outreach to the homeless.
“The homeless ministry need is so huge that one parish cannot do it all, so St. Mark’s specializes in a food outreach ministry through its food pantry and a Thursday morning Mingle Breakfast,” said Shaw.
The breakfast is held from October through April, as part of a citywide coordinated effort among several parishes.
The food pantry is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., all year.
Shaw said, “Other churches also use St. Mark’s for their food ministries and other reasons, and so the parish building is quite busy during the week for the above ministries as well as for Alcoholics Anonymous groups and like-minded groups. I am making more and more friends from all walks of life as people pass through our doors.”
Before coming to St. Mark’s, Shaw most recently was interim priest in charge at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor.
Reflecting on his ministry, Shaw said, “I am a creative, self-starting, energetic, consenus building, and spirit-filed person. And all the while, my focus is on the path where God is leading the church and my family. There is always something new to learn as we walk this path together.”