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William Lupfer, rector of Manhattan church with billions in assets, resigns for 'Sabbath rest'
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The Rev. William Lupfer, rector of the land-rich, Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Church in Lower Manhattan that boasts a diverse investment portfolio worth $6 billion, resigned from his post with a plan to follow his dreams “like the Holy Family.”
Lupfer, 59, who has served in the role since 2015, resigned from the more than 300-year-old church noted as the richest Episcopal church in the world, in a brief letter on Jan. 3, according to Episcopal News Service.
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“After five years of intensive work together with the Vestry, staff, parishioners, and our other stakeholders in the community and around the world, Kimiko and I have come to the decision to step away for a time, resign as Rector of Trinity, and enjoy some Sabbath rest to open our hearts to God’s call for the next chapter of our ministry together,” Lupfer wrote in his three-paragraph resignation letter, cited by The Living Church.
In his final Sunday at Trinity Wall Street on Jan. 5, Lupfer told the congregation that while it's customary for rectors at the church to retire, he isn’t the “retiring type” and plans to go follow his dreams with his wife, like the Holy Family.
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“Some of you have heard that this is my last Sunday at Trinity and I have offered my resignation as rector. Most people do not resign from rector, they retire from rector here at Trinity. That’s the custom, but I’m not the retiring type and so my wife and I have opened our hearts for discernment,” he said.
He explained that he had not been able to effectively discern while in his role as rector and is looking forward to improving that part of his life during a period...
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