About Saint Paul

The Reverend Sean Rousseau oversees a parish ministry as priest-in-charge with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Haymarket, Virginia. In his leadership role, Rev. Sean K. Rousseau maintains the oldest place of worship still serving the people of Prince William County. The church’s namesake, Saint Paul, is one of the most significant Christian thinkers in history, and his letters constitute part of the New Testament.

Saint Paul lived as a citizen of the Roman Empire and was raised in and studied Orthodox Judaism. Though originally very much opposed to the Christian movement, he converted to Christianity following an intense spiritual experience. Once devoted to Christ, he became among the most important early proponents of the church by nurturing congregations throughout ancient Mediterranean communities. Moreover, his writings represent a very early and influential example of Christian theology.

For more information about Saint Paul and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, log on to the church’s website at StPaulsEpiscopalHaymarket.org or visit its grounds at 6750 Fayette St., Haymarket, Virginia 20169.

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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.