MEET OUR STAFF
THE REV. LACY LARGENT
Lacy became the Priest here at St. Francis on January 1st of 2018. The congregation was quite pleased, as Lacy was not unknown to the people of St. Francis, having served here during a transition period from 2003-2005, and served from time to time as a substitute priest when needed. Lacy has loved the people of St. Francis and the gifts of this congregation for many years. Lacy spends 75% of her ministry time here in the Bryan/College Station area.
To round out her full-time ministry, Lacy also serves as Spiritual Director of Camp Allen near Navasota, and the Priest at the Church of the Redeemer in Houston which meets late on Sunday afternoons.
Prior to coming to St. Francis, Lacy was a Port Chaplain at the Seafarers’ Ministry at the Port of Houston for almost 16 years. She left this ministry to serve as the Spiritual Care Team Coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in the wake of the Hurricane Harvey disaster.
Since her ordination in 1990, Lacy has also served as a Staff Chaplain at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Assistant Rector at Good Shepherd in Kingwood, and Rector of St. Paul’s in Navasota. Prior to her ordination to the priesthood, she worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Educationally, Lacy holds a B.A. in Social Welfare from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, a M.S.W. (Master of Social Work) from Washington University in St. Louis, and a M.Div. (Master of Divinity) from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. She is also a Certified Daring Way Facilitator using the teachings of Brené Brown.
Born in Setubal, a suburb of Lisbon, Portugal, Miguel in 2010 completed a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Evora University and recently received a Masters degree in Piano Performance from Central Michigan University.
In 2009, Miguel began building his name on a professional level by giving his first solo recital in Portugal. Since then, his desire to perform solo recitals has only intensified. He has since given recitals in Sweden, England, Italy, and in the USA. Miguel adds a special flavor into his recitals by speaking directly to the audience about the pieces he is performing and why they are significant not only to him, but also to the music world. He is able to verbally connect the audience to each of his pieces before performing. Miguel adds these explanations to his programs so that all of his listeners, musically trained and other will be able to fully appreciate the experience.
In addition to Miguel’s experience as a soloist, he has worked extensively as an accompanist. His accompanying experiences range from coaching beginning vocalists through advanced instrumentalists. Additionally he has worked with both small ensembles, such as a piano trio, and large ensembles as well. His large ensemble experience includes working with the Luisa Todi Choir in Portugal. Effectively, he has been involved in many accompanying recitals and competitions. Miguel has also advanced his musical skills by serving as a staff accompanist for various conservatories in Portugal.
Miguel also currently serves as the accompanist for Texas A&M’s Century Singers and Women’s Chorus.
THE REV. WILL HOOD
Will is a native Texan with roots in the Diocese of Texas. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree from St. Edward’s University, Will attended the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. He was ordained in 1983. After serving St. Christopher Episcopal Church in League City for three years he joined the Navy as a Chaplain in 1986.
After 29 years of service in the United States Navy as a Navy Chaplain, Will retired in 2015. After leaving the Navy, Will founded Eunoia Productivity Solutions working in the areas of performance, leadership, emotional intelligence, corporate and individual coaching. Will is partnered with Equilibria, a leader in personality and behavioral training that focuses on self-awareness, personal intervention and individual and team performance. Will has developed equine training so human clients better understand communication styles. Will is involved with an equine veteran outreach, Warhorses For Veterans, in Stilwell Kansas.
Will holds degrees from St. Edward’s University, The Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest and Southern Methodist University.
Will is married to Martha Parker and he has 4 children; Christopher, Matthew, Brooke and Freweini. He also has 5 grandchildren and a wonderful son- and daughter-in-law.