Transition priest-in-charge comes to St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

Aug 27, 2014
The Rev. Mary Ann Taylor will serve as interim priest during St. Margaret's Church's search for a new rector.

Belfast — The Rev. Canon Mary Ann Taylor joins parishioners of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Sept. 1 as transition priest-in-charge.

She will celebrate the church's Wednesday morning Eucharist and officiate at both Sunday morning services until a permanent full-time rector is called. Taylor — who prefers that parishioners call her Mary Ann — also will be available for pastoral needs and other parish activities.

Originally from Upstate New York, Taylor lives in Frankfort.  She graduated from the College of New Rochelle, pursued graduate work in English literature and journalism at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y., and eventually earned a master of divinity degree from Bexley Hall Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.

After 10 years as a nun with the Sisters of Mercy, Taylor left the order and workedfor a decade in personnel administration at the University of Rochester. 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, N.Y.

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.

Taylor 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 said. “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.”

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