Heidi and Philip Truax moved to Sharon with their four sons (Aaron, Toby, Hans and Luke) in 1981. They started Sharon Computer in 1982. As computers themselves evolved over the years their computer business grew and changed. Heidi was always very involved in church life at Christ Church Sharon serving as treasurer for eight years, vestry member, choir member, and whatever else needed doing.
As the boys were finishing high school at HVRHS, Heidi began to realize that maybe she might be called to do more to serve God. She attended MEEP from 1997-99 and after a period of discernment applied for the priesthood. She began seminary at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in 2000 and during her time as a student worked as an intern with The Rev. Christopher Webber in Canaan and Cornwall. She did a second internship at Trinity Hartford and then was ordained to the transitional diaconate in 2005. She then began her three year curacy at Trinity Southport and was ordained to the priesthood in January of 2006.
Because Heidi led several mission trips to Honduras while she was at Trinity Southport she became more and more interested in the possibility of doing longer term mission work in Honduras. When the Bishop of Honduras came to visit at Trinity Southport he invited Heidi and Philip to come and work for him for a time in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras.
Heidi and Philip packed up the dog and the cat and moved to Tegucigalpa in the fall of 2008. While there Heidi worked in the cathedral leading services in Spanish and English. She also taught Christian Education at the bi-lingual school associated with the cathedral. Philip worked on a housing project that proved to be a daunting task. When the school year ended this spring, Heidi and Philip came back to Sharon and brought with them a great deal of gratitude for the work that was done, and the lessons learned. (We also brought the dog and cat back home too.) Jupiter now speaks some Spanish as do Heidi and Philip. “¡Siéntate, Jupiter….buen perro, buen perro!”