Here is the letter I sent out to the members of St. Andrew's Cathedral:
Dear Friends in Christ,
It’s hard to believe that this coming January will mark the 7th anniversary of my time among you as the Canon for Parish Ministry. And what a wonderful journey it has been! Together we have experienced renewed vitality and vision. We have joined our hearts and voices in beautiful worship. We have served as the hands and feet of Jesus among the needy in the community. We have shared joys and sorrows, laughter and tears, hopes and dreams. And we have been a family in Christ that cares for one another while welcoming anyone who seeks the love and grace of God.
When I think about how much all of that means, I find myself filled with mixed feelings. For I write to let you know that the time has now come for me and the family to move on to the next chapter of our lives in Christ. I have accepted the call to serve as rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge. It is an exciting opportunity to serve in a wonderful parish. But after being among you for so long, this is also a bittersweet time for the Owen family. St. Andrew’s Cathedral and Jackson have become home to us. And Lord knows, we love the Diocese of Mississippi! And so, in the midst of the excitement, the thought of moving fills us with sadness. You are our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ. And you have touched our lives in so many wonderful ways.
My last Sunday at the Cathedral will be December 16 (Advent 3). We hope to make the move to Baton Rouge later that week. The need to get Mary Emerson and Hobson situated and prepared to enter new schools makes such a quick transition necessary. It promises to be a whirlwind of activity and an emotional roller coaster. I ask your prayers for me and for Julie, Mary Emerson, and Hobson as we live into this time of transition. And know that you shall remain in our prayers as well.
It has been a privilege to serve as a priest among you at St. Andrew’s Cathedral. We shall always consider this sacred place as one of our homes.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
It's an exciting time! I ask your prayers for me and for my family, for St. Andrew's Cathedral, and for St. Luke's Episcopal Church and Day School.