New Priest For Holy Spirit


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COHS-JerryRacioppiThe Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit has called a new priest and the Reverend Deacon Gerard “Jerry” A. Racioppi’s first service at COHS will take place on Sunday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. Jerry is completing his Masters of Divinity studies and will be ordained a priest on June 6 at St. Luke’s Church in Montclair.

Born and raised in Verona, he attended Our Lady of the Lake grammar school. After graduating from Iona College in New Rochelle, Jerry began a 20-year career in human resources with Marriott Hotels. In 2010, feeling a call to ordained ministry that had been with him since his childhood, Jerry acted on it and began the formal process to ordination as a priest. In August 2012, he started full-time seminary work at Drew Theological Seminary in Madison.

Jerry says, “I am very excited to return to my hometown and be a part of the Holy Spirit Verona family. Having led an evening worship service in March, I found COHS to be a welcoming, loving and spirit-filled community.”
All are welcome to attend on May 17th, to welcome Jerry home to Verona and to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit!

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The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit is a Christ-centered church that welcomes and includes all people; worships and learns as a community; encourages individual growth and participation; and shares its gifts with others. The church is located at 36 Gould Street in Verona and draws members from many diverse communities. For more information, contact the church at 973-239-2850 or [email protected] see

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