Bishop Bill visited All Saint’s Anglican Church, Attleboro during their Palm Sunday services. During their first service, he preached a message on the cross’ power to save, reviewing with the congregation the theology of the cross and the atonement of Jesus, illustrating both through many of the great hymns of the Church. He celebrated Holy Communion during their second service and, most notably, received The Rev. Geraldine Amato-Youlden, who comes to us from the Diocese of the Armed Forces, into the ADNE.
Bishop Bill was also able to meet with the All Saints’ vestry and the Rector Search Committee to discuss their current search process and take the next steps in developing their process for finding a new rector, as well as finding an interim parish priest for the coming year.
On his way home from Attleboro, he stopped at St. Peter’s Anglican Church of Uganda in Belmont and greeted the parish at the end of their afternoon service, which had at least 250 people in attendance. The occasion for the visit was greeting Bishop Steven Kazimba of Namarimbe diocese, Uganda, who was visiting the area and attended the St. Peter’s Palm Sunday service. Bishop Bill was also able to meet with The Rev. Dr. Alex Kasirye-Musoke and debrief on the current events taking place in our ADNE Ugandan ministry.
About The Rev. Geraldine Amato-Youlden
Originally from West Warwick, Rhode Island, where she currently resides, The Rev. Geraldine joined the Army National Guard and became the first female commissioned from an Army National Guard Officer Candidate School program. She was first commissioned into the Corps of Engineers and then went on active duty for 3 years, serving as an Environmental Management Officer, Platoon Leader, Motor Pool Officer, and Brigade Headquarters Executive Officer while being stationed at both Ft. Devens and in Hanau, Germany. After leaving active duty, she attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, first as an M.A. student in Evangelism and then in the M. Div. program. While in seminary, she served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard as a Tactical Officer, among other roles. After switching into the Army Chaplain Corps, she transferred into the RI Air National Guard and came under Bishop Derek Jones of the Diocese of the Armed Forces. Additionally, out of her varied military training experiences, she is certified in Basic and Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Pastoral Care and Counseling, and is a nationally certified PREP (the Preventative Relationship Enhancement Program) instructor.
As a civilian, The Rev. Geraldine taught High School English in the public school systems of Springfield, MA and Providence, RI, eventually transferring into Guidance. She recently retired as a Guidance Counselor from Classical High School in Providence. She has since discovered All Saints Anglican Church, Attleboro, where she currently serves and worships under the mentoring of Fr. Lance Giuffrida. She also serves as a part-time Chaplain with Marketplace Ministries, serving at Gordon Food Service in Taunton, MA. She is married to her husband, Tom, and they are recent grandparents through their oldest son. The Amato-Youlden family is hoping to relocate to the Attleboro area in the near future.
The Rev. Geraldine states, “I want to be willing to be made willing. I firmly believe that we have no higher purpose and no greater blessing than to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help usher others into the Kingdom.” The ADNE welcomes her and asks for continued prayer on her behalf as she continues to transition into the call of God on her life at All Saints’, Attleboro.