On Saturday September 19, 2020, the Ember Saturday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Most Rev’d Walter H. Grundorf, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of America and Bishop Ordinary of Diocese of the Eastern United States, ordained the Rev’d Mr. Kevin Christopher Fife to the Sacred Order of Priests at All Saints Parish, Wilmington, North Carolina. The Right Rev’d David Haines, rector of All Saints Parish, presented Deacon Fife to Bishop Grundorf for ordination. The Rev’d William Martin, Rector, St. Michael and All Angels Church, Arden, North Carolina preached and Bishop Grundorf celebrated. A number of clergy were present and participated in the service. The Rev’d Mr. Creighton McElveen, Curate, St. Barnabas, Dunwoody, Georgia served as the Master of Ceremonies. The Litanist was the Rev’d Mr. Matthew Maule, Curate, St. Mark’s Church, Rydal, Pennsylvania. The Rev’d Tait Deems, also of St. Mark’s Church, served as the Epistler. The Rev’d Erik Wilson, Assisting Priest, All Saints Parish read the Gospel. The Rev. Mr. Raymond Davison, Curate, St. Paul’s Church, Melbourne, Florida, served as the thurifer and Master Matthew Wilson was the crucifer. Music for the occasion was provided by Mr. Greg Bell, choirmaster and organist of All Saints, and the parish choir, together with guest trumpeter, Mr. Stephen Luck. A reception was held immediately following the service in the fellowship house, in honor of Father Fife and his family. Fr. Fife will continue to serve as Curate at All Saints Parish.
On Saturday evening, the Fife family hosted a gathering at their home in downtown Wilmington for all of the visiting clergy and their families. The following day, September 20 (Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity) Fr. Fife celebrated his first Holy Communion service at the later service. Fr. William Martin preached at both services. A pot-luck luncheon was held immediately following the later service to celebrate the occasion.
This was the second time this year that the parish was able to celebrate a priestly ordination, as Fr. Erik Wilson was ordained here on June 20, 2020. The parish now has three clergy, a Bishop and two priests, to serve this growing faith community.