Diocesan Staff Farewells – Personal Notes, Gifts, and Celebrations

by | Jan 12, 2021

Well done, good and faithful servant.
Matthew 25:21 

At the end of January, we give thanks for the ministries of three remarkable members of the diocesan staff and send them off with our blessings. The Rev. Sarabeth Goodwin, Missioner for Latino Ministries, and Ms. Cheryl Wilburn, Administrative Assistant for the Bishops are both retiring, and the Rev. Paula Clark, Canon to the Ordinary has been elected Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago. 

We invite your participation in our collective efforts to celebrate and give thanks for these extraordinary women.  

Personal Notes

Please send your personal note of thanks to each one individually, either by email 

or by mail to: 

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington
Church House
Attn: Kathleen Hall 
Mount St. Alban 
Washington DC 20016 


On the weekend of Diocesan Convention, we will present all three with a special gift, handcrafted by the Rev. Joe Clark out of the wood harvested from the oak tree that once stood in front of Church House. We will give them all the personal notes we have received. 

We are also raising funds for Bishop-elect Paula’s episcopal ring and a liturgical set of cope, chasuble, and mitre. Both will be presented to her, on behalf of her home diocese, at her consecration on April 24. If you would like to contribute, please give online or text paulaclark to 50155


In addition to the time to honor Sarabeth, Cheryl, and Paula at Diocesan Convention, we invite you to take part in these two events: 

Latino Ministry Event to Honor Sarabeth
Join Bishop Mariann and the people of our Latino congregations for a virtual Celebration of Thanksgiving for the Rev. Sarabeth Goodwin’s ministry on Saturday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. The service will be bilingual.

Drive-By Celebration for Cheryl and Paula

Paula, Cheryl and Bishop Mariann will be on the Cathedral lawn across from Church House on Sunday, January 31 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Please drive by and offer a shout of thanks! 

Each has blessed so many in their years of ministry. Now is our opportunity to let them know how much we love and appreciate who they are, their faithfulness to Jesus, and their many gifts to us.