Register for Vicki Schuster’s Retirement Party

For 17 years, Vicki Schuster has been the first voice you hear from the Diocese of Georgia and the face that greets visitors to the office. on August 31, 2017, Vicki will retire. On September 1 from 4:30-7 PM, Bishop Benhase and the diocesan staff will host a retirement party at The Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401. Click here to register, so that we have a head count for the event.

“Vicki has been the heart and soul of the Diocesan office for 17 years,” said Bishop Scott Benhase. “Although her job title said ‘Staff Secretary and Diocesan Registrar’ she has served in some many intangible ways.”

“Beyond her other work, Vicki has shepherded every deacon and priest ordained during her tenure on the staff,” said Canon to the Ordinary Frank Logue, “She tracks the paperwork for the ordination process and prays faithfully for those in her care. She will readily say ‘I love my Holy Orders people’ and that love shows.”

“For years Vicki’s voice on the other end of the phone–‘Diocese of Georgia, this is Vicki!’–has been such a source of comfort, kindness, and counsel to me,” said the Rev. Lonnie Lacy. “That was especially so back when she looked after me through the many stages of the ordination process, and it continues to be true today.”

A true native of the Hostess City, Vicki is a Telfair Baby, born in the historic hospital. Baptized in the Presbyterian Church, her family moved its membership early in her life. Bishop Albert Rhett Stuart confirmed her at the age of 12 in St. Thomas Isle of Hope in Savannah. A graduate of Jenkins High School, she married Ernest Schuster in a wedding ceremony at St. Thomas with a reception at St. John’s Savannah. Ernest was a lifelong Episcopalian who grew up at St. John’s and attended the school at St. Michael and All Angels. The Schusters had three children-Allison, Meredith, and Ernie, and have three grandchildren Clair (10), Palmer (9), and Turner (7).

Vicki transferred her membership to St. Francis of the Islands on Savannah’s Wilmington Island in 1972 as the Diocese founded that new congregation. She started working for the church in the mid 1980s and continued as parish secretary through 2000 when she started working for the Diocese as staff secretary. Vicki said, “It has been a very rewarding and enlightening experience to work for the church these 30 something years. I felt like I got to the top when I started working for the Diocese.”

Bishop Benhase said, “If something needed doing, Vicki just did it and always with the most generous and unassuming spirit.” Lonnie Lacy added, “Her warmth and generous spirit have been a true gift.”

“The light of the Diocese will be dimmer without the radiance of Vicki’s energy and presence,” said Canon Katie Willoughby. “I am, and I know many others are, extremely fortunate to have worked with such an incredible and passionate Episcopalian.”

Reflecting on her work for the Diocese, Vicki said, “I think of the Episcopal Church as a flock scattered in a hundred places. We take care of that flock.” She paused and added, “It has been a true blessing and one that I will treasure.”

 

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