St. James’ calls the Reverend Mary Robinson White to be our new Priest-In-Partnership!

                                                                       August 4, 2019

 Dear Friends:

 The Vestry is pleased to announce that Bishop Ely has nominated the Reverend Mary Robinson White to be our new Priest-In-Partnership at St. James, Arlington.  After extensive interviews, a visit to her Church, reference and background checks, a Eucharist celebration for the Vestry with a short sermon,  the Vestry, with enthusiasm and great joy, has voted to call the Reverend White to be our new Priest-In-Partnership.   The Reverend Mary will begin her new ministry at St. James’ on Sunday, September 15th.       

Reverend Mary is a native of Arizona.   She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and then taught elementary school for ten years before pursuing the ministry. After graduating from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, she served parishes in California and Arizona.   She has been the Rector at St. Andrew’s Church in Albany since 2002. Mary also has a certificate in Congregational Development from Seabury Western Theological Seminary and a certificate of Spiritual Direction from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. 

In her Ministry Portfolio, Reverend Mary speaks of her congregation at St Andrew’s that they “strive to offer God our best in our worship, to welcome all people, and to be bearers of Christ’s love to all using the most effective means available.” 

Mary and her husband John have three children, Tim, Molly, and Will. In her spare time, Mary plays the bagpipes and enjoys cross country skiing. 

As we look forward to the arrival of the Reverend Mary and her husband John and prepare for a new time in the history of St. James’, let us offer a prayer of gratitude and praise in these  words from Psalm 100:  

“Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he that made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.”

If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Sincerely yours, 

Michael R. Wisniewski

Senior Warden