About the Author
The Rev’d Blake A. Sawicky is a priest at the Church of St. Michael & St. George, in St. Louis, Missouri, where he joined the staff in June 2015. He came to St. Louis from Providence, Rhode Island, where he served as the Episcopal Campus Minister at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, a ministry he undertook in partnership with the Diocese of Rhode Island as curate of S. Stephen’s Church. Blake’s first post in the Church was to serve for two years as the curate of Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver, Colorado. He was ordained deacon in the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, NY on June 4, 2011, and priested at Saint John’s on January 21, 2012, the feast of St. Agnes.
Before discerning a call to the priesthood, Blake’s undergraduate and graduate training was in the archaeology of the ancient eastern Mediterranean world. He has been involved with several field projects in this region, both on land and underwater. As a priest, he continues to be enthralled with the richness of this subject, though now from the perspective of “another shore, [towards] a greater light.”
Blake’s ministry is driven by his desire to see people have a taste of what James DeKoven famously called “The Thing Itself” — that is, the imminent mystery of the Triune God, made manifest in Jesus Christ — so that at last they might behold with joy the full splendor of God, unmediated and undiminished. This is not a mystical, supernatural ministry, but one rooted in the small things of daily life, even as it makes its final aim the “high vault of heaven.” Blake has recently begun making regular contributions on this theme to the blog of The Living Church.