Remembering a Virginian and an Episcopalian

It was my privilege to preach the homily at the memorial service for Randy Valz on Wednesday, April 30, 2008. Randy was one of two persons that I used to visit as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor. To participate in a funeral is a final as well as an initial act of ministry for a priest – for in some cases as you lay aside the ministry to the deceased, you may have the opportunity to minister to the family.

Meeting with Randy was a blessing to me and a lesson for us all in terms of accepting the things we cannot change. May he rest in peace.

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Kent Higgins

Fr. Kent is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of West Virginia. He functions primarily as a supply priest, but also serves as Dean of the Kanawha Deanery. He was ordained deacon December 16, 2006 and priest June 16, 2007. He is married and the father of two grown sons. Fr. Kent retired from his "day job" in August, 2014.