George is a native of Yonkers, N.Y. who commuted into Manhattan daily by train for high school.
“New York City represented a broadening of perspectives for me – the arts, different cultures, different languages.”
A graduate of Cathedral Prep and of Cathedral College, George was ordained as a priest in the Catholic tradition. He taught high school and gained experience working in large parishes. He’d served St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pearl River, New York for seven years before coming to St. Paul’s in 1999, visiting North Carolina for the first time during the search process.
“I’d never been to North Carolina in my life. Really, it was just following the spirit.” What drew him to St. Paul’s then continues today.
“The exciting thing about St. Paul’s was the vision. Strong youth and children’s programs, strong lay leadership. There was real energy here. We’re going to do this together. This is a parish that wants to keep moving toward a vision.”
Five Fast Facts:
Mountains or beach – Mountains
Duke, State or UNC – “I like the New York Yankees.”
Final meal would be – His favorite fettuccine with peas, asparagus, broccoli, basil, heavy cream, and parmesan.
Favorite hymn and non-hymn – “Now in the Fading Light of Day,” which is the opening hymn from the compline service at Mount Savior Monastery, and “Question” by the Moody Blues, which was his high school senior year class song..
Something folks at St. Paul’s would be surprised to learn – He loves Belgian beers and finding new beers of all types. Dragon’s Milk, from a brewery in Michigan, is a favorite.