Tuesday, May 23rd from 4-6pm

As announced at last fall’s diocesan convention, the Rev. Canon Valerie Ambrose is entering her well-deserved retirement at the end of May. I hope you will join me and our staff in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, May 23rd to bid farewell.

Canon Val has served the Diocese of Western Michigan for many years and in many ways including numerous interim roles and in our diocesan governance, including as President of the Standing Committee. She was integral to our dioceses’ regional restructuring in 2017; a process that eventually led to her call as Canon Missioner for our Central Region where she has served faithfully for the last five years. Whether convening our dismantling racism team or helping bring about better transparency and best practices within our diocesan finances and personnel practices, Val brought remarkable attention to detail, institutional knowledge, and great pastoral care to every piece of her ministry.

If you are unable to attend the Open House but would still like to offer your thanks and congratulations, notes may be mailed to: The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, 1815 Hall St SE, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

As we prepare to say goodbye to our departing colleague, we are excited for Val and Cathy as she takes on her most challenging practice yet: that of rest! Again, please join me in celebrating her ministry with us on May 23rd in Grand Rapids and in offering our deepest prayers for this new season.


The Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh
Bishop Provisional
The Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan


Tuesday, May 23rd

The Diocesan Offices
at Grace Episcopal Church
1815 Hall St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506


So that we can plan for food, please RSVP by May 19th.