A Welcome From OUR Rector

the reverend louise “Weezie” browner blanchard

the reverend louise “Weezie” browner blanchard

Dear People of Ascension,

I cannot begin to tell you how delighted and honored I am to be the next rector of Church of the Ascension. Since I first knew about you, I have been impressed by your commitment to the gospel and to each other, the strength of your community, and the vibrancy of your faith. What a blessing it is now to be among you. 

A cradle Episcopalian. I grew up mostly in Dayton, Ohio. I graduated from University of Virginia and Washington and Lee University School of Law, where I met my husband Buck, a Richmond native and University of Colorado graduate. Buck and I have four children: Charlie, 27, a first year law student at George Washington University; Mac, 26, a first year law student at University of Hawaii, and twins Ann Pearman and Franny, 24, who live and work in Nashville and New York, respectively. For most of the past 33 years, we lived in Richmond, with five years in Brussels, Belgium. Eventually, Buck and I both left the practice of law. I attended Union Presbyterian Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary, and Buck began working as Director of Mission and Outreach for the Diocese of Virginia.

Most recently, I was Rector of St. Mary's in Richmond, where I also served as Associate Rector. Prior to St. Mary's, I was Associate Rector and Vicar of St. Stephen's in Richmond. I love parish ministry, the heart and soul of which for me is pastoral care. It is how we tend to one another and what binds us together. It is an essential part of all that we do together: worship, stewardship, mission, fellowship, communication, and more. At its core, it is how we follow in Jesus's footsteps, the way of love. 

We moved to Denver earlier this year when Buck began his work as Missioner for Outreach and Mission in the Office of the Bishop in The Episcopal Church in Colorado. We have loved the opportunity to explore Denver and farther afield in Colorado, often with our eight-year old black lab Grace.

But the Holy Spirit is always at work. From the time that we first met, I have been drawn to the Vestry's prayerful dedication and diligence, their warmth and respect for one another and - perhaps most importantly - the sense of joy with which they work together. I have been especially excited to learn about the leadership that so many of you have taken to strengthen the ministries of Ascension, as well as your ongoing commitment to be a witness to God's love in the wider world. I am thrilled to be a part of the exciting opportunities that lie before us. Thank you for the trust that you have placed in me.