About the Dayspring Initiative

A graduate of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Reverend Sean Rousseau earned his masters of divinity with a concentration in systematic theology. Rev. Sean K. Rousseau currently serves the communities of Haymarket and Gainesville, Virginia, as the priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Through St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Father Rousseau is involved with the diocesan-wide initiative Dayspring.

Dedicated to returning Episcopal properties to the diocese of Virginia, Dayspring was established in 2012 by Bishop Shannon Johnston. Whether the properties are funds, pieces of land, buildings, or houses, Dayspring helps identify the best use for ministry resources. Additionally, Dayspring leaders work together to determine the best way to utilize the recovered property to serve the needs of Episcopalian congregations.

For example, seven properties and a number of other buildings and land parcels were returned to the diocese at the end of a five-year legal dispute in 2012. Congregations doubled in size when they were able to move back into the larger returned properties that were more able to accommodate a larger amount of people. As a result of the congregation’s increased numbers, staffing infrastructure needed to adapt, which was enabled through Dayspring.


The Book of Common Prayer and Holy Baptism

A clergy member for nearly three decades, Reverend Sean Rousseau serves as a priest-in-charge in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. The Rev. Sean K. Rousseau serves the congregation of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Haymarket, where he works on replanting the parish community.

While the church has a history dating back to 1801, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church did not begin hosting services at its location in Prince William County until 1822, and was consecrated in 1834. Today, the church holds services twice every Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The clergy teach fellow Episcopalians how to live in accordance to the Bible and Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, which includes respecting the dignity of every person and loving neighbors as one would want to be treated.

The Book of Common Prayer includes information about the church’s calendar year, daily prayer services, proper liturgies for special days, ordination, and holy baptism. In the case of holy baptism, the book discusses how baptism signifies initiation into the church and celebrates one’s commitment to the Holy Spirit and Christ. Traditionally performed on a Sunday, a bishop or priest carries out the ceremony with the person being baptized, parents if a child is being baptized, and his or her sponsor, who is a baptized individual.

The Dayspring Initiative

Fr. Sean K. Rousseau joined St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in 2012, following his service as the priest-in-charge at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Fr. Sean Rousseau brings with him exceptional experience in general parish ministry and management. In addition, the Rev. Sean Rousseau plays a vital role in the Dayspring initiative.

Located in Haymarket, Virginia, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is supported by Dayspring, an initiative set forth by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Dayspring launched in January of 2012 in an effort to reestablish Episcopal properties within the Diocese of Virginia. In doing so, Dayspring aims to support continuing congregations, provide recruitment and placement services for clergy members, and reinvigorate congregations in areas that have existing properties.

To support the initiative, a team has been established to carry out three areas of tasks: vision, resources, and communications. The vision team is responsible for analyzing the current obstacles facing the mission of Dayspring and determining how the plan can move forward. The resources team handles business relations and the logistics of bringing each property back into the organization. The communications team is responsible for telling and marketing the Dayspring story.