The Rev. Clair Ullmann, a priest of the Convocation, and her husband Rainer Ullmann, direct a unique ministry of spiritual direction and local outreach in the mountains of Austria. (See the pictures below!) The Chapel of the Holy Family is locate above Mühlbach am Hochkönig in the Austrian Province of Salzburg, about 45 minutes south of the city of Salzburg.The ministry of The Rev. Clair Ullmann was well described when she received the Bishop's Award in 2010:
The Rev. Clair Ullmann, a 2010 Bishop’s Award recipient, is a woman of great wisdom, following on not only her life’s experiences, but also the attentive and deliberate way in which she has developed the many spiritual gifts from God. Many Convocation members and newcomers have experienced the warmth of the Ullmann’s hospitality at their home and retreat center, nestled under Hochkönig Mountain and surrounded by earthly treasures. There are confirmands’ retreats, women’s retreats, and couples experiencing the MAP program (Marriage – an Adventure in Progress). In this setting, together Rev. Clair and her husband, Rainer, minister to those seeking a quiet place to “rest in God’s presence” and to couples making that “mysterious journey of a lifetime”... marriage. Though Rev. Clair has served on many Convocation Committees, spiritual direction and mentoring remain an important focus of her ministry. This year at Convention, as she stepped down as President of the Council of Advice, Convention delegates gathered to hear her reflections on the work of the Council and the Convocation. It was a mixing of nuts and bolts, grounded in prayer. As she spoke, a vision of her leadership style emerged. Rev. Clair first heard the priestly call while working at the Episcopal Church in Florida. In 1994, she was ordained deacon at the Pro-Cathedral in Brussels, and two years later, she was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop George Carey at Canterbury Cathedral. In the Convocation, Rev. Clair serves as an assisting priest at Church of the Ascension, Munich Germany and as Vicar of the Chapel of the Holy Family in Mühlbach am Hochkönig, Austria. Rev. Clair completed her studies at Virginia Theological Seminary and The Shalem Institute, and earned a masters diploma from the University of Leuven (Belgium).
In early September, ﬁve members of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Clinton, in the Diocese of Central New York, visited St. Paul's Parish, Beaudin Jean Pierre, Haiti. They worshiped with the community and delivered 250 pounds of school supplies. The two churches have been partners in prayer and support for the past four years. The group recounted its experience at a potluck dinner Saturday September 30th at 5:00 p.m. at St. James' Church. See the photos below.
St James also supports a school lunch program and recently purchased building to be used as a school and church in St. Paul's Parish, Beaudin Jean Pierre, Haiti.