Meet Our Transition Priest-in-Charge

20140623-130357-47037701.jpgThe Rev. Canon Mary Ann Taylor joined us St. Margaret’s as our Transition Priest-in-Charge on September 1, 2014.   She will be with us on a half-time basis, covering the Wednesday morning Eucharist and both Sunday morning services until a permanent full-time rector is called.  Mary Ann –  she prefers to be called by her given name – will also be available for pastoral needs and participate in monthly Vestry meetings.

Many in the parish already know Mary Ann from the times she has filled in when our rector has been away.  She’s a near-neighbor, living in Frankfort with her husband, Carter, and their Bassett-mix dog and a cat.

Originally from upstate New York, she graduated from the College of New Rochelle, pursued graduate work in English literature and journalism at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY, and eventually earned a Master in Divinity degree from Bexley Hall Seminary in Rochester.  She spent 10 years as a nun with the Sisters of Mercy, and after leaving the order she worked in personnel administration at the University of Rochester for a decade.  She was ordained to the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester in 1988 and became a priest the following year.

In the Diocese of Rochester, Mary Ann was Deacon-in-Charge of a Spanish language congregation, La Santa Natividad, and also was editor of the Diocesan newspaper, The Chronicle.  In 1989 she was called as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Honeoye Falls, NY.

Her next move brought her to Maine as rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Old Town In 1994, where she served until 2005. That was followed by two years as interim Priest-in-Charge at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Blue Hill and five years as pastoral associate at St. John’s in Bangor.  She’ll end her current position as long-term supply priest at St. John’s in mid-August.

Mary Ann readily admits that she has long wanted to spend more time in Belfast and is clearly delighted to be coming to St. Margaret’s.  She describes her style of ministry as one of commitment to “participative leadership,” in which she’s able to adapt to projects and people around her, working together “to bring about God’s justice.”

“I am a good preacher and a good listener, and an enthusiastic participant in the life of the parish where I am called to serve,” she continues.  “I have a deep respect for tradition and plenty of room for ingenuity and resourceful imagination in worship.  Most of all, I am about being open to discovering what the Spirit is creating with us and for us now.”