Sonya Reichel - Call to Priesthood Led Her to the Episcopal Church

Sonya Reichel - Call to Priesthood Led Her to the Episcopal Church

By Sophie Smal, Communications Coordinator  

The Rev. Sonya J. Reichel was raised in the Roman Catholic church and started to feel called to the priesthood in her early 20s.

Although ordination was not an option in her faith, Reichel tried to respond to what she felt was a calling in ways available in the Roman Catholic church.

Through this period of discernment, Reichel spent many years doing the following: she lived in a Dominican Convent in Nashville,  worked as a marriage & family therapist and as a hospital chaplain. To add to the list, Reichel taught in a community college as a math professor, which she continues to do on a part-time basis at American River College in Sacramento.

Reichel entered the Episcopal Church in 2001 and became a member of Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, hoping to discern her sense of calling to the priesthood. After jumping through several hoops, Reichel studied for a year at Church Divinity School of the Pacific and then completed her studies at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin in 2015.

After interning at St. Michael's, Carmichael, for two years, and then at St. Francis, Fair Oaks, as a transitional deacon in 2016, Reichel said she's "grateful to remain there as a priest under the wise and generous mentoring of the Rev. Joe Duggan."

Photograph by Deborah Haferburns, St. Francis, Fair Oaks.


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