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  • Submitted by Carol Cei and Bob Smith

New Additions to the St. Peter's Staff: Meet our News Music Director and Diaconal Intern

After almost two years of searching for a choir director and organist to replace our beloved interm music directors, Kathy and Tim Flaherty, we are pleased to welcome Carol Cei to the St. Peter's Family.

Carol Cei:

My journey to St. Peter’s has taken me over many roads but I am delighted to have finally arrived!! It seems that there have been three major highways for this trip. The first was my early life as an Undergrad and then Graduate Student at Temple University with degrees in Music Education-Piano Major; Music History and Literature-Choral Conducting. The middle road was the longest….35+ years as a Realtor and Residential Appraiser in the 5 county Delaware Valley. Fortunately, I was able to get back on the main road almost 8 years ago as I returned to music.

Over all the years, I think I have had the honor of providing music for almost every denomination and it has been a wonderful learning experience for me. You will find that I place a great deal of emphasis on the hymns and lyrics of our Choir Anthems. All that we do in Worship should be meaningful and prayerful….spoken or sung. St. Peter’s is blessed to have so many fine musicians already a part of the Church and I am anxious to engage with them to find even more ways of expanding our offerings. Many Churches consider the Director of Music as a Minister of Music. When you work with others in a church family, you often engage with them on a personal level to help them through difficult times or to celebrate their joys. It will be my joy to serve all at St. Peter’s in this capacity.

Family is very important to me. I have a son and daughter, two adult grandchildren as well as a 10 year old who keeps us on our toes. I am blessed to have my mother who will soon be 100 and is sharp as could be. She is looking forward to coming out to St. Peter’s when she visits from Philadelphia. May you all have a most blessed Christmas season and know that I am anxious to be among you as we start 2024 together.

Carol will offically begin her role as choir director and organist in early January 2024.

During Rev. Barb's installation ceremony, while speaking with the Bishop, a parishioner so candidly said "We need a deacon!" The diocese granted this parishioners' request by sending us an diacolnal intern.

Bob Smith:

Bob Smith is preparing to be ordained as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church in December of 2024. He is beginning his third year of a three year postulancy for the Diaconate.

Bob has lived in Lower Gwynedd, near Wissahickon High School, for close to thirty years.  Bob and his wife Lynn have been married for over 40 years.  Their three sons all live within a two-hour drive.  Bob and Lynn have one grandson and are hoping for more in the not too distant future.

Bob graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  Since 1988, he has owned small businesses and currently owns a Huntington Learning Center franchise. 

Volunteering with Hospice organizations has been a part of Bob’s life for the past 7 years.  He is currently involved with two hospice organizations visiting patients in their homes or in assisted living communities.

St. Paul’s of Chestnut Hill is Bob’s home parish.  He has been a member of St. Paul’s for 7 years.  At St. Paul’s, Bob led the Lector Ministry and the Eucharist Visitation Ministry delivering Eucharist to parishioners who can no longer attend church services.  He also was a Eucharist Minister for Sunday services.

Bob  will be at St. Peter’s until Pentecost Sunday.

Carol and Bob's bios are also avavilvale on the St. Peter's staff page here.

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