Holy Cross calls new Priest-in-Charge

SHREVEPORT–The Church of the Holy Cross in downtown Shreveport has called a new Priest-in-Charge. The Reverend Garrett Boyte will take over for the Reverend Mary Richard on Saturday June 1, 2019.

An Oak Grove, Louisiana, native, Father Boyte comes to Holy Cross from Sewanee, Tennessee, where he has recently earned his Master of Divinity from the University of the South’s School of Theology.

Father Boyte looks forward to beginning his work in downtown Shreveport with great anticipation.

“I’m super excited to begin,” he said. “These folks make this assignment a real joy for me. Between their active ministries in the neighborhood and their eagerness to grow in their life in Christ, I don’t anticipate a single second of my time here to feel like work.”

Father Boyte says that his ministry is characterized by what he calls the “classic Anglican model” of parish ministry.

“I don’t see my role as limited to being the pastor only to the people of Holy Cross but to all of downtown Shreveport,” he said. “In the Anglican tradition, a pastor’s care is not relegated to within the walls of the church house but to the whole community that surrounds the building.”

In this sense, he sees himself as the vicar of downtown, and wants everyone who lives and works downtown to know that they can call on him whenever they need to and for any reason.

“While I would like for everyone who’s inclined to attend services at Holy Cross, it’s not necessary for me to lend a helping hand or a listening ear,” he said. “I am here for whomever might need me, member or not.”

For those interested, Holy Cross celebrates communion each Sunday at 11 a.m. For more information, please see their website www.holycrossshreveport.com.