Magazine article Anglican Journal

Man's 25-Year Detour from Priesthood Nears an End

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Man's 25-Year Detour from Priesthood Nears an End

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JIM HOLLAND will not be ordained an Anglican priest till February but already he feeling the effects--all of them good--of returning to the path he first embarked on when he was 14 but abandoned when he was 25. At that point he was already a deacon--in the Roman Catholic church--and had spent a couple of summers in rectory life.

"It feels like it was a big detour," said the 50-year-old former publisher of a parenting magazine and business leader. Looking back on his series of career moves, he realizes that he was always looking for something he was not getting. When he decided to pursue the priesthood again, this time as a married father of two, "something clicked into place."

Not that Mr. Holland has any regrets about the road not taken until now. For one thing, he figures he might well have been burnt out of the priesthood by now if he had spent the last 25 years at it. For another, the detour let him marry his sweetheart, Selinde Krayenhoff, and raise two sons with her, all of whom were on hand, applauding gustily at his restoration to the diaconate at a July service at St. John the Divine Anglican church.

It was during a two-year stint heading Victoria's Better Business Bureau that he began thinking about the priesthood again. He and his wife were increasingly unhappy in the Catholic church and speculating on where they might feel more at home. "I thought of Anglicanism and the next thought that came into my head was, if I'm an Anglican, I can be a priest." The more he thought about it, the better it felt--like he had been a fish swimming upstrearn for years and had finally turned to ride the current.

The Anglican church made him feel immediately welcome, though it took the local diocese of British Columbia a while to determine how to handle him. "At first we thought I should go to the Vancouver School of Theology for Anglican studies, and I would like to do that some day," said Mr. Holland.

Eventually a much less structured process of integration was worked out, involving reading assignments and informal talks with current Bishop James Cowan and John Hannen, the retired bishop of Caledonia, and a stint under-studying Harold Munn, rector of Victoria's St. John the Divine church. …

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