Priest in Charge-Lonell Wright
A Biographical sketch of Lonell Wright
Fr. Lonell has been married to Dessie B. Wright for 52 plus years. They are the proud parents of three daughters and three grandchildren. Fr. Lonell is also the father of one son. They reside in San Diego, California; their home since 1978.
Fr. Lonell’s call to the priesthood was a late one. He retired as an Administrator from Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, after twenty three years of service in various capacities; Lonell embarked upon a career as a McDonald’s Owner Operator in educationally and economically under-served areas of New Orleans for twelve plus years. During this time he became actively involved in the communities in which his restaurants were located. He saw the need for role models and saw that the under-financed schools needed business partners to assist in creating incentives and to encourage the children to set and achieve goals. As a result of Lonell’s and Dessie’s involvement with schools, their business was awarded “Small Business organization of the Year” by the Louisiana State Board of Education in 1995.
Fr. Wright’s call to the Priesthood came while he was a McDonald’s Owner Operator in his mid-sixties. Reluctantly, he accepted his call and entered Seminary in the fall of 2004. He attended Notre Dame Seminary (A Roman Catholic Seminary) in New Orleans for two years. He graduated from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in 2007. He was Ordained to the Priesthood in January 2009 in the Diocese of Louisiana at All Souls Episcopal Church where he served as Vicar while a transitional Deacon.
During his tenure at All Souls, they converted a flooded former Walgreen’s drugstore into a Church and Community Center with lots of help from churches, charitable organizations and individuals from all over the U.S. and two foreign countries.
We (All Souls Parishioners with generous assistance from Individuals, churches and charitable Organizations) started a youth orchestra and provided after school tutoring for Lower Ninth Ward children. We also initiated a summer camp program designed to improve and enhance the academic achievement of the children. The intent of all the programs was to assure that children were able to achieve at age and grade appropriate levels and to provide exposure to events and places that they would not normally be exposed to.
Upon retirement from All Souls in New Orleans in December 2012, he returned home to San Diego to join his wife Dessie who had returned home in late 2006.
In February 2016, Fr. Wright was asked to provide supply pastoral assistance at St. Stephen’s. He and the Parishioners of St. Stephen’s have bonded and are forming an effective team; Fr. Wright is happy to be here and invites you to join us as we open our hearts, hands and check books to make a difference in our community.
PLEASE COME AND JOIN US!
Daughters of the King Group -please call for meeting dates and times
- Diane Swarts – Senior Warden
- Jim Vanden Bosch – Junior Warden
- Jennifer Gietzen – Clerk
- Reba Alger
- Richard Fox