Michael Curley, Vestry Member


In 2012, I started coming to the Church of the Holy Comforter (CHC) for very profound theological reasons. I was playing squash on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in Harbor East and CHC was the only church I could attend and play squash too. I sat quietly in the back at the 8am service until Chris started asking me about what I do. In April of that year, Earth Day fell on a Sunday. Chris asked me to give the sermon. I talked about the fact that clean water was a great luxury in many developing countries. Shortly afterwards, Elizabeth Shire asked me if CHC could sponsor a water project in a developing country. For the next two years I worked with Elizabeth, Nor Rysticken, Pam Nixon, Nancy Farmer, and others, building clean water projects in two poor villages in rural Guatemala. I live with my daughter, Elisabeth (Thea) in May’s Chapel. I still attend the 8am service, where I help hold down the chalicist/reader duties. I teach the Pathfinders at Sunday School with Suzy and Wendy Hauck. Thea and I also do Coffee Hour several times each year. In my first 20 years in Maryland, I lived in Monkton and went to St. James where I served on the Vestry for about 5 years. The St. James Men’s Group installed both a safe drinking water system and a hot water system at “El Hogar”, which is a home for “abandoned and hopelessly poor children” that the Episcopal Church runs in Honduras. When I’m not working or playing, I am writing fiction. My first novel, a thriller entitled YELLOWSTONE: Final Extinction, was published in January 2016. In real life, I am a lawyer by training who has spent the majority of his career in project finance and the last 25 years in energy and environmental finance. I joined the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) as a Visiting Scholar in 2013. I have worked in 40 countries, primarily as the Senior Financial Advisor to the Office of International Affairs at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in the same capacity for the World Resources Institute. In 1990, I was appointed to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board at EPA, where I served for 21 years under four Presidents. Before I moved to Maryland in 1992, I worked in New York City in finance, law, and government. I am very honored to be asked to run for the Vestry at CHC. I really like CHC and especially the wonderful people I have met here. I would consider it a great honor to serve them on the Vestry.
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