Unitarian ordination scheduled for June 1

ELLSWORTH — Amy R. Fiorilli of Otis, who has served since last September as intern minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, will be ordained at the church Saturday, June 1, at 2 p.m.

Fiorilli, 42, will take up her duties Aug. 1 as the full-time contract minister of the Belfast Unitarian Universalist Church.

A graduate of the University of Maine with a master’s degree in social work, Fiorilli is a hospice chaplain for Northern Light Homecare and Hospice. She also maintains a private practice as a clinical social worker serving adults, children and families.

Fiorilli said her study of the works of Carl Jung influenced her decision to go into the ministry. In his writings, Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, conveyed a spiritual dimension Fiorilli found engaging. She also was influenced by the work of Søren Kierkegaard, the 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian.

Her work with children and families set her on a path of reflection, she said. Individuals tended to do better when they were connected with something bigger, she observed. Another motivator: “I wanted my daughter to have some sort of faith background.”

Fiorilli’s husband, Brian, works at The Jackson laboratory.

Fiorilli progressed from member of the Unitarian congregation to service on church committees to her decision to seek ordination. To that end, she studied at the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago from 2015 through the present year, earning a master’s degree in divinity.

The June 1 ordination ceremony is open to the public.

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