Rev. Dr. Olivia Hilton
It is with great joy, humility, and excitement that I have accepted the call to be Trinity's Priest-in-Charge (part-time). My first Sunday with you will be March 10, so we will begin our ministry together by journeying through the penitential season of Lent. On Palm Sunday, Bishop Mariann will bless us with her presence.
I first felt called to the priesthood as a teenager -- before women were ordained in the Episcopal Church. After college and graduate school, I joined the Foreign Service and was active as a layperson in Anglican/Episcopal congregations in Bangladesh, China, and Russia. Ordained in the Diocese of Washington in 2005 while still with the Department of State, I was bivocational until my retirement from government service in 2015. During that time, I served in Anglican and Lutheran churches in Sweden, as well as at parishes throughout our Diocese and at Washington National Cathedral.
In recent years, I have ministered to the Episcopal congregation at Knollwood (the military retirement community in Washington), served as a nave chaplain at the Cathedral, volunteered weekly at the Bishop Walker School for Boys, and been a long-term supply priest at St. Paul's Baden and St. Luke's 15th Street.
I have always been drawn to Christianity's contemplative tradition, influenced by such theologians as the English Medieval mystic, Julian of Norwich, and the American Trappist monk, Thomas Merton. In her book 'Revelations of Divine Love', Julian wrote, "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well." Merton once commented, "Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone -- we find it with another." My prayer for Trinity as we begin our ministry together is that we may walk in love, as Christ loved us, honoring this congregation's history and embracing a Spirit-filled future.
director of Music