The Reverend Dr. Carol Jablonski

The journey that brought me to St. James started when I was in graduate school studying Communication and felt a call to priesthood. I spent 25 years in the academy before I could answer that call.  I served on the faculties of the University of Virginia, Indiana University, and the University of South Florida, teaching and researching the communicative dynamics of social and cultural change. I was working on a  book-length project on Dorothy Day when I realized I had to listen to the stirrings of my own soul. And so I did. When I became a postulant, we sold our house and moved "lock, stock, and barrel" to a small apartment in Alexandria, Virginia, so I could start Virginia Theological Seminary. It wasn't long before my husband, Tyler Jones, started to discern his own call—to the vocational diaconate. After graduating from VTS (each of us with diploma in hand!), we moved to Durham, NC, where Ty did a year-long residency in Clinical Pastoral Care at Duke Medical Center, and I served as Associate Rector at St. Stephen's (also in Durham).  We left Durham in 2009 for College Park, MD, where I served for seven years as Rector at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. In 2016, we retired to Asheville. The call to ministry hasn't gone away.  For the past few years, I've been helping with the Diocese's "Fresh Start" program for clergy in new cures. I've also served as Interim Priest-in-Charge at St. George's in West Asheville, and have been an adjunct clergy at the Cathedral of All Souls. I am delighted to be at St. James, and look forward to our time and work together! When I am not at church, I enjoy quilting, knitting, reading, hiking, and, most of all, spending precious time with my husband and our crazy cat, Pookie.