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Get to Know the Rev. Stacy Alan, Sabbatical Rector at St. Mark’s

Stacy Allan is serving as Sabbatical Rector at St. Mark’s from May 18 – August 17, 2020. She continues with her responsibilities at Brent House while working closely with the staff, clergy, and vestry at St. Mark’s to keep everything in good order while the Rev. George Smith enjoys some time off.

The Rev. Stacy Alan was born in the Midwest and raised on both the East and West Coasts. She attended Seattle University, where the Jesuits taught her to love both God and the intellect, earning Bachelor’s degrees in Humanities and German.

After traveling and studying Spanish in Central America, Stacy attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City, graduating with a Masters of Divinity in 1992. She spent a year of her studies at the Seminario Bíblico Latinamericano in San José, Costa Rica, working closely with Episcopal and Lutheran missions in that city. After graduating, she worked for five years as the Coordinator of Volunteer Programs at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the largest private emergency feeding program in New York City. She was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in the Diocese of New York in 1998.

Before coming to Chicago, Stacy worked as Assistant to the Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has been the Chaplain at Brent House since January 2005.  This vibrant ministry provides a spiritual home for Episcopalians and other spiritual seekers and offers a space in which the life of the spirit and the life of the mind can not only co-exist, but support each other.

Stacy’s family includes her husband, John, and her two young adult children, Ignacio and Cate. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and whichever children happen to be home, drinking wine with friends, dancing (swing and Latin), knitting, and singing sad Irish ballads and Latin American protest songs.