July 20, 2019

St. Augustine’s names priest

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Rev. Joseph W. Arps has been named priest-in-charge of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Dover-Foxcroft.

A native of North Carolina, Arps is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va.

Prior to July 1992, he was the senior rector’s assistant at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas. While there, he developed training programs for lay ministries, including chalice bearers, lay readers and hospital visitors.

He also initiated a weekly family life class for adults using biblical, psychological and spiritual insights to foster personal and family growth.

Arps will also use his organizational and training skills in serving St. Augustine’s. Established as a mission a decade ago, the small group embarked upon an ambitious program.

The church building was erected in 1987. Financial problems precipitated the sale of the property in 1992 to the American Legion. Currently the congregation is renting the north wing from the American Legion; the Eucharist is celebrated at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.

Arps is married to Dr. Corabell Bennett Arps, who is on staff at Acadia Hospital in Bangor. The couple and their two children reside in Hampden.

Arps is in Dover-Foxcroft Sundays and one other day each week. He may be contacted at 564-7075.

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