Fr. Stewart Clem is a native of Oklahoma. The path that led him to the Anglican tradition was long and winding, and it began one day during his college years when, on a whim, he purchased a $1 used copy of the Book of Common Prayer at a local thrift store. After falling in love with the liturgy in print, he soon fell in love with it in practice as well, and after discovering the rich theological foundations of Anglican practice, he was eventually confirmed in 2009 at All Souls’ Church in Oklahoma City.
He met his wife, Molly, at Oklahoma State University, where he earned BA and MA degrees in philosophy. After graduating, he taught humanities at a classical Christian school for three years and became the father of two wonderful little girls, Lydia and Sophia. His family then packed their bags and relocated to North Carolina, where he earned his MDiv degree through the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School in 2013.
Fr. Stewart is currently a doctoral student in theology at the University of Notre Dame. His academic interests include the moral theology of Thomas Aquinas, contemporary virtue ethics, and theological anthropology. His amateur interests also include the Caroline Divines, the Oxford Movement, and the historical development of the Prayer Book. His articles and book reviews have appeared in Philosophia, Nova et Vetera, The Anglican Theological Review, Modern Theology, and Anglican and Episcopal History.
Ordained to the priesthood (Diocese of Oklahoma) in 2013, he is currently serving as assisting priest at St. Paul’s Church in Mishawaka, Indiana. Under the supervision of Bishop Ed Little, he is also serving as a member of a ministry task force whose mission is to enhance the Church’s presence in the west side of South Bend. He is thrilled to join the Covenant blogging team as it seeks to enhance the Church’s presence on the internet.