The Rev. Susan Kraus of Washington has accepted the invitation of the vestry of St. Giles Episcopal Church in Jefferson to become priest in charge at St. Giles effective Feb. 1, 2011, succeeding the Rev. John Van Siclen.

Father Van Siclen has been serving as interim priest in charge during most of the period since the death in 2007 of the former pastor, Rev. Robert Jewett. Van Siclen and his wife Pam will remain in the area, devoting their time to the Tidewater Retreat Center that they maintain near their home in South Bristol.

Kraus and her husband Don became parishioners at St. Giles in 2008, when they relocated to the area from Norwalk, Conn. After joining St. Giles, Susan, who was ordained in 2005, began serving the parish occasionally as a supply priest, and then was named priest associate, a role she will continue in until she takes up her new position. Her initial term as priest in charge at St. Giles will be for two years, subject to renewal. Episcopal Bishop of Maine Stephen Lane approved the decision of the vestry with congratulations.

Susan Kraus has a bachelor of the arts in philosophy from Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania and a second B.A. in psychology from the College of New Rochelle in New York. She was awarded an masters of science in community/school psychology, also from the College of New Rochelle, and earned a Ph.D. in the same discipline from Pace University in New York City in 1993. Finally, she was awarded a master of divinity degree by General Theological Seminary in New York in 2005.

Kraus was ordained in September 2005 in the Diocese of New York and served in churches in that state and Connecticut before she and Don moved to Maine.

Don Kraus, who studied theology, biblical studies, Greek and Hebrew at Harvard Divinity School, is the executive editor of the Bibles division at Oxford University Press in New York. He now carries out his duties by telecommuting from an office near the Kraus home in Washington. For some months he has been leading a Monday evening Bible study class at St. Giles.

The Krauses like to watch British murder mysteries, and enjoy classical music and reading.