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8th March: The Rev. Meredith Kefauver Olsen is Rector of St. Barnaabas, Sykesville, Maryland. She received degrees from Birmingham Southern College (B. Music), Emory University (M.Div.) and The General Theological Seminary (STM, Liturgics) and was ordained in the Diocese of Atlanta in June 2005. She has trained as a chaplain at North General Hospital in New York City as well as at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. Meredith has served parishes in the Philadelphia and Atlanta suburbs before coming to Maryland where she has been the Associate Rector at St. John's (Glyndon), St. Mark's (Highland), and All Hallows (Davidsonville). Currently she works as a chaplain at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. Meredith lives in the Federal Hill section of Baltimore with her husband Derek and their two daughters, Greta and Hannah.

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22nd March: The Reverend J. Connor Haynes has been Rector of St. Mary’s in Burlington, NJ for over 20 years. A native of Illinois, he received the Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House seminary in Wisconsin. He was ordained as a deacon, then as a priest, in 1986, and served in the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois before being called to St. Mary’s in 1996. Father Haynes has three children-- Teghan (and her husband Tyler), Bronwyn and Gareth - and three grandsons. Aside from his vocation as a priest, his interests include history, music, letterpress printing and the limitless possibilities for deriving satisfaction from repairs to a historic rectory.

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29th March: The Right Rev. Chilton R. Knudsen, DD, Assistant Bishop of Maryland was born into a Navy family and grew up all over the world. First trained as a biologist, she received an M. Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary with high honors in 1980. Ordained deacon in 1980, priest in 1981 and bishop in 1998, Bishop Knudsen served as Bishop of Maine for ten years, then as a missionary in Haiti. She has said “Yes” to God’s call to serve as an Assistant Bishop; in Kentucky, New York and Long Island, and now in Maryland. In the Diocese of Maryland, Bishop Knudsen will share with Bishop Sutton in Parish Visitations, Ordinations and Celebrations of New Ministry, and will have special responsibility overseeing the ordination process, the diaconate and ministry in small congregations, both urban and rural. Bishop Knudsen loves golf, concerts, reading and water aerobics. She and her husband Mike, a retired computer scientist, will reside in Catonsville at Charlestown.

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5th April: Fr. Gregory Czumak is the priest at Four Evangelists Orthodox Church, UOC of the USA, in Bel Air, MD. He is a Maryland native who received his Bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, and his MDiv at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Bound Brook, NJ. Prior to founding Four Evangelists parish, Fr. Gregory served at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Coatesville, PA. Fr. Gregory and his wife Christine have four children.

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