Meet our new Rector!
Greetings, St. John’s! My name is the Reverend Michael Bousquet, and I am thrilled and overjoyed to have been called to join you as your next rector. Over the course of the search process, for much of the past six months, I have learned so much about St. John’s and the ministries that this community cultivates and celebrates, and my conversations with all the members of the search committee and with staff and vestry members have all confirmed for me just how vibrant, enthusiastic, and Spirit-filled this parish is.
I will be joining you on Sunday, January 8th, which is when in the lectionary we will celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord. On this first Sunday after Epiphany, we remember Jesus’ baptism by John in the Jordan, when God’s Spirit alit upon Jesus and marked the beginning of his ministry to Israel and to the world. I am mindful that that Sunday, we will be beginning our ministry together, as well. And I pray that the Spirit will likewise bless and guide us as we discern God’s hope for St. John’s, for Westwood, and for the greater communities in which we serve. Those ministries that I first heard about in the search process, that have been so close to your heart and that I have been holding in my prayers for these many months will finally be ours to lift up together, to cultivate and grow as partners with Christ in His vision for this parish. I cannot wait!
And my husband, David, and our two sons, Elio (4) and Luca (1), are also looking forward to joining us at St. John’s. We currently live just up 128 in West Newton but are eager to become an integral part of the Westwood community. I ask that you pray for us over these next weeks of transition, just as my family and I will continue to hold St. John’s in our prayers. And especially at Christmas, when we all will be rejoicing over how, through the birth of Jesus, God formed a new relationship with humankind, please remember how very soon we will also be forming a new relationship together, also located in the life of Christ, and that this relationship will similarly bring light and joy to our corner of the world. I have faith that great things will be coming to us in our new life together in 2023 and beyond – join me in giving thanks to God for all the blessings of this life and of our lives to come.
With great joy and gratitude,