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Tuesday April 6th 1PM (PST)

 

The Reverend Daniel Simons

Daniel was welcomed as Priest in Charge of St. Paul’s in February 2020. He joins us in Norwalk after eleven years at Trinity Church, Wall Street, where he served in a variety of clergy leadership positions, including director of liturgy, hospitality, and pilgrimage, and most recently as director of the Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall, Connecticut.

After graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1994, Daniel’s vocational path led first through cathedral ministry as Canon Pastor of St. Stephen’s, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He then responded to a call to explore monastic life with the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

After seven years of formation and leadership in that community, Daniel returned to parish-based life, joining St. Gregory of Nyssa church in San Francisco to direct national initiatives in congregational development through liturgy and music. In San Francisco, Daniel met his husband, Javier Galitó-Cava, whose life-work forming actors has blended with Daniel’s own vocation to create a common pilgrimage that has continued to unfold for the past 14 years.

Daniel’s spiritual orientation and practice has been influenced by extended contact with Buddhist, Jewish, and Muslim spiritual communities and teaching. His spiritual grounding is also shaped by regular immersion in unbuilt environments in Nature. For the past 20 years he has created and led pilgrimages throughout the biblical world, Europe, Ethiopia, the American South, and Standing Rock, and pilgrimage has come to be the central lens through which he understands life’s journey.

 

 

 

 

 

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