Roger Saterstrom was ordained vocational deacon at Christ Church Cathedral in June 2016. He came to the Episcopal Church from a Roman Catholic upbringing, including three years of living and studying at St. Martin’s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery, and four years with the Jesuits of Marquette University, where he was trained and certified as a classroom teacher.
Roger and his wife Anna moved to Nashville from Connecticut in 2009 to be near their children and grandchildren. Since then, they have been active at St. George’s Episcopal Church and St. Augustine’s Chapel on the Vanderbilt campus. As associates of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York, and oblates of the Community of St. Mary’s, Sewanee, Tennessee—both Episcopal Benedictine monastic orders—Anna and Roger have an established prayer practice, which includes the Daily Office and contemplative prayer.
For more than 15 years, Roger’s secular work has been in the tour and travel industry, developing group tour itineraries throughout the U.S. for Tauck World Discovery, a Connecticut-based leader in global travel. He scouts destinations, hotels, and attractions, and acts as the company’s buyer throughout the U.S. While he has an office in Nashville, his work also involves periodic travel, which typically is scheduled during the workweek.
Roger’s ministries of many years include clinical and home pastoral visits, Eucharistic ministry, healing prayer, and refugee resettlement. He is also certified nationally in disaster chaplaincy, participates in periodic disaster training events, and helps represent the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee at the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
Roger says, “As servants, deacons commit to a ministry of service and witness, uniting the needs and gifts of the world with the needs and gifts of the church. I believe our call to service is rooted in the threefold commission Jesus gave to the twelve apostles to go out into the world, to proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is near, and to heal the sick (Matthew 10:6-8). Go. Proclaim. Heal. This has been at the heart of my ministries.”
He adds, “The accomplishments of the past and opportunities for future engagement make this an exciting time to discern new ways to ‘Go-Proclaim-Heal’, and to connect directly with the needs and hopes of those who suffer, those who are weak, and those who long for justice and peace.”