Our parish is a place to listen, watch and grow. Our clergy are here to guide us, and our vestry supports the parish with inspired ideas and financial leadership.
We are an Anglican parish founded more than fifty years ago in the heart of Mexico. The community consists primarily of expats, seasoned residents and part time retirees - with plenty of energy and commitment for their second home in Mexico. St Paul’s has a long tradition of robust participation in the community of San Miguel de Allende, working and supporting many nonprofit organizations throughout the community. A good example of our work is an organization called Feed the Hungry. It was started in our parish kitchen and now feeds over 4,000 children daily throughout the school year. St. Paul’s also founded, and remains deeply involved in, a pre-school known as Centro Infantil San Pablo (CISP). The school serves 3 – 5 year olds who go on to do very well in primera (elementary school). Our members serve on numerous boards in the community.
MEET OUR CLERGY
St. Paul’s is in Transition. Our new Rector arrives July 1 st , 2018. In the interim we are served by our Priest Assistants.
Pastor Karen O’Malia has plenty of experience in Music, Education, Human Resources. She is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Karen is an evangelist at heart, committed to social ministry, political involvement and seeking justice. She serves as an interim minister, on a synodical level as a worship consultant, and as a church development specialist. Pastor Karen retired to San Miguel in 2016 along with her husband John.
Rev. Ernie Townsend, a communicant of St. Paul’s since 2000, is involved in the liturgical, administrative and pastoral life of our congregation. Rev. Townsend established a Pastoral Care Committee at Holy Cross Church, Kingston, NY, where members received training in empathetic listening and pastoral counseling. He was also ordained a deacon at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and as a priest by Rev. Carlos Touch Porter, then Primate of the Mexican Anglican Church. Ernie has a Masters degree from Syracuse University’s School of Social Work and Doctorate from New York University’s School of Public Administration.
Fr. Sells graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1967 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. After working in the nuclear testing program for the US Government, he went to seminary at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkely, CA, graduating in 1979. He served the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of New Mexico, Utah (for which he was the Diocesan News Coordinator and Editor of the Diocesan monthly paper), Olympia, Washington, and Wyoming. He received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, spending time in the VA system working with Vietnam era vets in the Salt Lake City VA hospital. He retired from St. David’s in 2010 and moved to San Miguel de Allende, where he lives with his wife, Elaine.
The Vestry of St. Paul’s is a part of the governance and leadership of the community. It is composed of up to twelve members, including Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, and Clerk. With the exception of the Sr. Warden (appointed by the Rector) all vestry members are elected by the parish at its Annual Parish Meeting. The Vestry meets monthly to conduct the business of the parish and to work with the Rector to develop and oversee the life and work of the parish. Members serve for a three-year term.
Vestry Meeting Archive