Dave Rickert: Builds on His Past to Envision the Future

Dave Rickert: Builds on His Past to Envision the Future

By Lori Korleski Richardson, Interim Communications Director

Since the Rev. Dave Rickert was ordained a transitional deacon in June 2017, "I actually have enjoyed jumping around," he says, both figuratively and literally. He's been splitting his time between Trinity, Folsom and St. Jude's, Cupertino, in the Diocese of El Camino Real, where he works with extra-active youth.

Rickert's first career as an architect and experience as a father of special-needs children have encouraged him to think of many different ways to show children the abundant love God has for them. 

One example from his Cupertino youth group: He constructed mazes out of colored tape to show that everyone has obstacles in their lives, but you can break through them. Then he asked the kids to write on the tape what obstacles they've had and they then talked about how they could deal with them, "knowing that they are beautifully made, that God loves them, that there is a Christian thing you can do" to overcome many obstacles, he said.

Rickert says many Episcopal churches have been really challenged on how to integrate their communities to include the very young as well as the very old. Even when a church has a lot of children, "this is hard when we get that much diversity in a room and there may be a child that isn't really verbal and does a lot of flapping around and everything. How do we embrace that diversity?"

"I'm also very, very lucky that I get to be in these different places," he says. Rickert says Trinity, Folsom, is "probably the most Anglo-Catholic parish I've been in." St. Jude's, Cupertino, well, "you may not see the terms Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in their liturgy as a prominent thing. Having that diversity, both ends, pushes me a little bit," he says.

"I have learned that my architecture background keeps coming into play in my ministry. As an architect, I have to see something that no one else sees. I have to imagine this solution to a problem physically worked out in real time with real budgets, with real gravity and things like that. Gravity is not an architect's best friend," he says. But it is the law.

"I can't tell you how many times (his clients asked), 'How are we going to put a roof on that?' 'Skyhook,' I'd say. The skyhook - that's a typical architect fantasy. As a Christian architect, now, I just say, 'God. Yes, God is my skyhook,' " and then he finds a way to turn his imagined building or program into reality.

"I know I'm called to make God plain. But in the Episcopal Church, when the liturgy is at its best, in my opinion, it's full of mystery. I can think of moments where I've had either great joy or great challenges in my life and hearing words very differently. And it's completely mysterious."

Also a mystery is where he will land. "My next step, I don't know what that looks like. I've been juggling all these different things, and then I have a very busy family life, with three kids and a husband, and now I have a grandbaby, too, in Oakland. I assume I'll be applying for stuff immediately, and I don't know what that looks like. I would like to stay in the Sacramento area if I could."

Rickert will be ordained to the sacred order of priests at 7 p.m.,Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at Trinity, Folsom, 803 Figueroa St. Clergy: red stoles; reception to follow.

From the Diocesan e-News, Feb. 13, 2018:

Dave Rickert Ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests

Nearly 150 people packed into the 1856 wooden Trinity, Folsom, church on the evening of Feb. 8 to witness the consecration of David Gilman Rickert. 

Bishop Barry was in good spirits despite having just returned from leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and the Rev. Todd Bruce, rector, gave a moving sermon on how Christ alone can satisfy us, punctuated with a wee bit of humor and occasional wry smiles. 

Presenters included Northern California priests Anne Clarke, Charlie Knuth and Sonya Reichel, and former archdeacon Canon Cookie Clark was the bishop's chaplain and read the gospel. 

A festive reception followed in the hall across the alley from the historic church.

The Rev. Kenn Katona of Rancho Cordova receives a blessing from the new priest.

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Mary Anderson wrote:
My best to David.

Wed, February 7, 2018 @ 7:44 AM

2. Rev. Kacei Conyers wrote:
Congratulations, David! Blessings on your upcoming ordination.

Wed, February 7, 2018 @ 3:29 PM

3. Harriette A Carr wrote:
I so wanted to be at your ordination but I couldn't be there. Sometimes life gets in the way of what you want to do and that is what happened this time. Blessings to you and best wishes for your future. You will be a success wherever you are called.

Mon, February 12, 2018 @ 3:20 PM

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