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Clergy

  • The Very Rev. Paul DeWitt Reid
    Rector

    The Rev. Paul DeWitt Reid was born near Peoria, Illinois. He prefers to be addressed as “Paul” – or, if you are a traditionalist, “Father Paul”! He lived in nine different places before he was 16, and graduated from Phoenixville High School. He was educated at Penn State University and Edinburgh University, Scotland. He received his Master in Divinity degree with Honors from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 2009.

     

    Paul toured Europe with a national youth choir during High School, and after serving in the US Army, returned to Europe, where he lived for 16 years. Paul is married to Anne, who is from Scotland, and they have two grown sons, Fionn and Liam. The whole family loves music of all types, from all over the world - and all four of them are accomplished choral singers, having sung on both sides of the Atlantic in cathedrals, and in concert halls with major orchestras, conductors, and soloists.

  • Rev. Simpson Coriolan
    Priest Associate

    I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Paul Coriolan and Marie Jeanne Lise Michel. I spent all my childhood and adolescence in Port-au-Prince.

     

    I did my primary studies at the Holy Trinity School of the Episcopal Church of Haiti, my secondary studies at Saint Peter’s College of the Episcopal Church of Haiti, my master’s degree in theology at the Seminario Episcopal del Caribe in Puerto Rico, my studies in Sociology at the Faculty of Ethnology of Haiti, my studies in cooperatives in the center of Dr. Legrand Bijou in Port-au-Prince, and my training in CPE at Hackensack Hospital in New Jersey and in the hospital San Lucas from Rio Piedras to Puerto Rico.

     

    I was ordained Deacon on September 29, 1974 and Priest on May 22, 1975. In Haiti, I worked both in cities and in mountains, where I had to go to the back of a mule or a horse.

     

    After the earthquake of January 12, 2010, which killed my sister and destroyed everything I owned, I had to take up residence in the USA and more precisely in Philadelphia, where I met the Rev. Father Paul DeWitt Reid, who is a great support for my psychosomatic balance.

     

    À propos de moi:

    J’ai pris naissance à Port-au-Prince, Haïti des parents Paul Coriolan et Marie Jeanne Lise Michel. J’ai passé toute mon enfance et mon adolescence à Port-au-Prince.

     

    J’ai fait mes études primaires à l’école Sainte Trinité de l’église épiscopale d’haiti, mes études secondaires au collège Saint Pierre de l’église épiscopale d’haïti, ma maîtrise en théologie au Seminario Episcopal del Caribe de Porto Rico, mes études en Sociologie à la faculté d’Ethnologie d’haïti, mes études en coopératives au centre de Dr Legrand Bijou à Port-au-Prince et ma formation en CPE à l’hopital Hackensack dans le New Jersey et à l’hopital San Lucas de Rio Piedras à Porto Rico.

     

    J’étais ordonné Diacre le 29 Septembre 1974 et Prêtre le 22 Mai 1975. En haïti, J’ai travaillé tant en villes qu’en montagnes, où j’ai dû me rendre à dos de mûle ou de cheval.

     

    Après le séisme dû 12 Janvier 2010, qui a tué ma soeur et détruit tout ce que je possédais , j’ai dû élire domicile aux USA et plus précisément à Philadelphia , où j’ai rencontré le Rév. Père Paul DeWitt Reid, qui est d’un grand support pour mon équilibre psychosomatique.

  • David Antony Lofton
    Music Director

    David Antony Lofton, Music Director and Choir Master, is a native Philadelphian and a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied piano with Dr. Vladimir Sokoloff, and was an accompanying apprentice of the late Todd Duncan for eight years. He also attended Westminster Choir College, where he developed his choral conducting skills. He has served as Artistic Director of Opera North Inc. (formerly Opera Ebony). He has been a recital collaborator for renowned singers including Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Marietta Simpson, Nancy Fabiola Herrera and Indra Thomas.

     

    The list of singers with whom he has worked includes Jubilant Sykes, Frederica von Stade, Samuel Ramey, Florence Quivar, Kathleen Battle, and the late William Warfield. He served as coach/accompanist for The Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and participated in the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy where he was assistant conductor for a televised production of Carmen and the filming of Amahl and the Night Visitors, directed by Menotti himself.

     

    Mr. Lofton has performed as piano soloist and is a frequent collaborator in chamber music performances. He is a member of the Ritz Chamber Players and has been a guest pianist with The Young Eight, 1807 and Friends and various other performing groups. As well as having conducted many full operatic productions, he also led a concert of operatic and symphonic music featuring the famed Harlem Boys Choir at Carnegie Hall.

     

    He served on the faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music for ten years and is a Master Vocal Coach at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

 

Vestry

The Vestry is the governing board of an Episcopal church.  It consists of lay members who work with and in support of the rector.  The Vestry, along with the Finance and Property Committees, makes decisions about the church’s mission, budget, property, and overall direction.

 

Lay Service Guilds

Lay service guilds are at the heart of our church community.  Our members share responsibility for serving at the altar; as ushers, readers, and counters, and by providing hospitality and transportation for our members.

 

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