The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Chestnut Hill has appointed Harriet Kollin as the new associate rector. She will begin her ministry at St. Martin’s on Tuesday, July 5.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Harriet immigrated to the United States in 1976 at age 24. Since arriving she has lived in Abilene, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Philadelphia 1980. She spent 21 years working as a nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She says that experience brought about a “wounded healer” in her that greatly influenced her later work in priesthood.
Kollin earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania specializing in child/adolescent and family mental health and attended Episcopal Divinity School from 2001-2004 and where she earned a Master’s in Divinity degree.
Since her ordination in 2004 she has worked as the clergy-in-charge at St. John the Evangelist Church, Philadelphia.
“It was a long journey,” says Kollin, “but I ended up where I want to be now as I continue to grow as a person.”
Kollin says she can contribute to St. Martin’s community and grow an even stronger relationship to God through her time spent with the ministry.
Kollin is married to the Reverend Dr. Timothy Griffin, an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, and the owner of both a dog and a cat, Luke and Leonardo.