Meet Our Clergy
Much like the Chrysler, Monique is imported from Detroit. She has been deeply influenced by the gritty determination and compassion of the people in the Motor City and is glad to bring that determination and compassion with her to Maryland.
Raised in the Episcopal Church by a family of very busy church people, Monique became an acolyte at five years old, was confirmed at nine years old, reveled in the religious education in Catholic schools, and continued to serve on committees and vestries as an adult.
She resisted a call to ordained ministry. “The church needs committed and powerful lay people more than it needs priests,” she said. She finally did begin to explore the calling and had that call affirmed by family, friends, and the Church. Monique was ordained to the priesthood in 2002.
Monique has served congregations in Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and now Maryland. Her passions in ministry include outreach and evangelism. Early on, she heard a colleague say, “Outreach drives evangelism. People want to belong to a community where generosity is part of the culture. They want to give.” She hears “Outreach drives evangelism” as a mantra while she works. The outreach mission of a congregation, though, isn’t a collection of programs we do because we ought to. What a congregation does is established by the gifts of the congregation and the needs of the community as revealed by prayer and relationship with the Holy Spirit and with people. Monique’s work as the Associate for Client Development and Evangelism at Listening Hearts Ministries (www.listeninghearts.org) is helping her to develop her own relationship with Spirit while she is sharing the tools and principles for spiritual discernment with others.
Although she is extraordinarily happy in her vocation as a priest of the Church, Monique still believes that the Church needs the gifts that lay people bring more than it needs priests. She is excited about ministering with the people of St. Christopher’s and walking with us as we all share our gifts ever more generously.
Monique is an aspiring triathlete, which is a good thing, because she also loves to cook and to eat.
Hal Ley Hayek has been in pastoral ministry for 30 years and continues to see great value in Interfaith and Ecumenical work. One of his ongoing efforts is to promote inter-religious dialogue as a source of social welfare, and spiritual development for all living in a pluralistic society. He hopes that such work will promote tolerance in neighborhoods and promote non-violent responses to urban and rural conflicts.