Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Fire at the Curate's House

Please keep my curate and his family in your prayers. The curate's house caught fire Tuesday afternoon. Father, Katie and baby James (2 weeks old) are fine. Katie and baby were in the house when it started and were able to get out quickly. The house burned for less than 5 minutes, but the living and dining room are badly damaged, and there is smoke and water damage in the basement, and smoke damage throughout the house.

They are staying with me at the Rectory and arrangements are in motion to get them in some other housing in a day or two. The house should be fixed, D.v., in 4 to 6 weeks I was told by a contractor who is a neighbor and inspected the damage (my family lived in this house for 7 years and we know the neighborhood and neighbors well).

In the past year Father Curate and his wife have 1) gotten married 2) finished seminary 3) moved to Michigan 4) started a new job, 5) and had a baby. Now the fire. Any one or two of those things are a heavy adjustment. All six changes/transitions in one year can be a real trial!