This month the Rev. Deacon Richard P. Limato joined St. Michael’s after his field training at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and his ordination as a deacon in May.
In June, Richard retired after 21 years as a public school principal in Westchester County. Earlier he was principal at three Roman Catholic elementary schools.
Apart from assisting with the liturgy, Richard will serve the parish as a teacher. He is continuing his studies at General Theological Seminary and will also be a chaplain at White Plains Hospital.
Fifteen years ago, when Richard found his way to Grace Church in Manhattan, “it was like coming home,” he says. While serving on Grace’s discernment team and supporting others as they explored their vocations, he “heard a persistent voice calling me to serve God’s people as a deacon.”
Richard is continuing his studies at General Theological Seminary and will also serve as a chaplain at White Plains Hospital.
At St. Michael’s, Richard “hopes to be part of the conversation about what we are and can become in our outreach, about how we can continue to open ourselves up to the world’s needs.”
Raised in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., as a Roman Catholic, Richard went to Fordham University as an undergraduate, earned a master’s in education at Iona College and returned to Fordham for his doctorate in education.
Richard was drawn to the Episcopal Church through his search for spiritual authenticity. After he “came out” as gay, he yearned for a more authentic expression of his faith, which he discovered in the Episcopal Church.
The diocese referred Richard to us. When he and Mother Kate met, he says, “it became obvious to us fairly quickly that I was called to serve the people of God here at St. Michael’s.”
Soon Richard will move to Manhattan. He has a daughter, Katie McClintock, a son-in-law Kevin McClintock, and a grandcat Edward McClintock, all living in Albany, N.Y..
To learn more about Richard’s spiritual journey, attend his forum on Oct. 22.