Rector Search Updates

January 2021: On behalf of your Vestry I am pleased to announce the formation of St. Monica’s search committee. This is the next step in our journey towards finding God’s choice as our next Rector.

Our transitional documents, the parish profile and ministry portfolio, were posted on the diocesan and St. Monica’s websites the week before Christmas and will remain at both through January for viewing by any interested candidates.

I wish to thank the following for agreeing to accept positions on our search committee: Pat Kearns, Ray LaPierre, Suzanne Bodley, Beth Moss, Betty Gamel, Tom Cote, Carol Hedman; and the co-chairwomen: Heidi Varsames and Jill Ducatman.

The search committee and Vestry have met with Canon Richard Norman, Canon to the ordinary. We are now waiting for the applicants to review from the Diocese.

Please keep our Vestry and search committee in your prayers as our discernment for whom God is selected as our next Rector goes forward.

For the Vestry, Matt Devlin, Senior Warden

Father Eddie Gibbons Called to Be Priest in Charge for St Monica’s

June 21, 2020

Father Gibbons and Alicia Gibbons

The Vestry is pleased to announce the call and acceptance of Father Eddie Gibbons to be St Monica’s Priest in Charge for the next six months while we continue the search for our new Rector. Father Gibbons will begin his ministry on Monday, July 20th and conduct his first service on Sunday, July 26th. The Vestry has completed the details of his agreement with St Monica’s.

Father Gibbons was ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest in 1997. He was received in the Episcopal church in February 2015; and received as an Episcopal Priest in September 2019. He is married to his wife Alicia, who is fluent in Spanish.

Currently, he is the Chaplain at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, a position he has held since November 2017. He is also an assistant Priest at St Hillary’s in Fort Myers and has ministered there since October 2019.

We are grateful to Father Gibbons for his willingness to serve and welcome him to St Monica’s. Please give him a warm St Monica’s welcome.

The Wardens on Behalf of the Vestry

June 2020 Update: Click here to read a Search Update from the Senior Warden Letter to the Congregation

Download Parish Profile

Download Ministry Portfolio

Application Process

Please submit the following materials:

  • Resumé/CV
  • A copy of your updated OTM profile
  • A letter of interest that highlights how you feel you meet the needs of St. Monica’s and why you may be called to serve as our Rector

Please email all documents in PDF format to:
The Rev. Canon Richard Norman
Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida

For questions, please call 941-556-0315.

The deadline to submit applications is February 4, 2021.