Reverend Frank Edmands
I am so pleased to be serving at Trinity Chapel this summer. Given the opportunity to return and to serve for the whole summer chapel season is truly a blessing to me and my wife. She will be on a sabbatical during this summer too! We are not strangers to Southern Maine hospitality. Years ago, before military service, graduate school and work took up my time and distance became far away, I used to visit my father and stepmother who once lived during the summer on Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport. I so much enjoyed sailing out of the river aboard their Indian (Number 1) called the “Seafarer.” Those days have pasted butbetter days are here again because I am serving the community that surrounds Trinity Chapel.
I am a cradle Episcopalian; and first thought of being a minister while serving as a young acolyte at Saint Andrews Church, Wellesley. A fleeting thought then and scary. I thought I had eaten a batch of bad oatmeal that morning. I abandoned Church after my mother died when I was sixteen. Thirty years later, my call to ordained ministry resurfaced after my marriage to Lynn and our super involvement in the Church in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Lynn expressed the same call! In 1990, we both graduated from The General Theological Seminary in New York City.
I have served primarily in parish ministry starting in upstate New York and then moving on to Central Pennsylvania, and Southern Ohio. Together in the mix, Lynn and I also served as the Chaplains at TrinityPawling School, a boy’s boarding school, in Pawling, NY. It was a blessed 24-7 school experience as we served not only as Chaplains but also as house masters to 14 teenage boys. On top of that I helped coach football and baseball teams and taught Biology, General Chemistry and Religious Studies.
In August 2017, I retired as the Vicar of Trinity Episcopal Church, London, OH. But, I have learned that priests really do not retire; ordained ministry is forever. Presently, I have been serving as a continuing supply priest at Saint Francis Episcopal Church, Springboro, OH, and serve as the 1st Chair of the Procter Center Board and one of many Chaplains to Retired Clergy and Spouses in the Diocese. Procter Center is the camp and conference center for the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Retired, now I am enjoying puttering about our home in Fort Thomas, KY, watching the deer consume all the new growth in the backyard, cooking, dabbling in art and photography and most importantly, house husband being more of a support for my busy wife. Sophie Loraine, our little white dog, is our four-legged child who will be with us this summer. She has never seen the ocean!
The Reverend Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands and I have been married for 37 years. Together Lynn and I are sharing an awesome life-time journey.
Faithfully, Father Frank
P.J. Cavanaugh is a longtime summer resident of Kennebunk Beach. She discovered Trinity Chapel while walking one day and just knew this was her spiritual home. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, from FIU and served as a Directress at Alexander Montessori School in Miami for many years. While a resident of SanFrancisco, she received extensive training in fund raising for non-profits from The Junior League.
She worked for the Lay Academy at Grace Cathedral and as Director of Special Events for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. She is currently the Chairman of The Committee for Trinity Chapel, a Trustee for The Brick Store Museum, charged with fundraising, and a Volunteer Ambassador for RDU.
In her spare time she delights in chasing 9 grandchildren. She is very proud to have dug a post hole for the new playground at Kennebunk Beach.