MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- She's a native of Syracuse who loves to play golf. She's a news junkie who has two grown daughters. And she's a "cradle Episcopalian" who married another woman. On Saturday, the Rev. Carol D. Gadsden begins her life's greatest challenge as the 16th rector of St. Thomas Church in Mamaroneck.
Gadsden was to be installed at 10 a.m. by the Right Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The celebration of her new ministry at 168 W. Boston Post Road was to be followed by a reception in Heathcote Hall.
Called to St. Thomas in September, Gadsden was born and raised in the Episcopal Church. She brings nearly 30 years of ministerial experience in a variety of settings and roles, including rector, priest-in-charge, interim vicar, chaplain and youth minister, in the dioceses of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Newark.
Her ministry is characterized by the deep and abiding belief that her role is to equip the lowercase “s” saints by providing opportunities for education, formation, nurture and support in expectation and hope that parishioners become comfortable and secure in facing the challenges, joys and uncertainties of this world.
In addition to playing golf, Gadsden loves reading, spending time with her family, listening to music and dancing to it. Her iPod can play continuously for nine days without repeating a song. She enjoys a great craft beer and admits to being a major foodie. Additionally, she is a news junkie – both of the serious nature and pop culture – and puts both to good use in family tournaments of Trivial Pursuit.
Gadsden is married to Linda March, who is a project manager for a Boston-based leadership and training development company. She has two adult daughters – Hilary, who lives in Boston, and Courtney, who lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Spencer.
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