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Interim Priest: Margaret Schwarzer (Updated)


The Wardens and Vestry of St. Mary’s announce that Margaret Schwarzer has accepted our call to be our Interim Priest, beginning June 1.

About The Reverend Ms. Margaret Schwarzer Margaret is no stranger to New England; she is a graduate of Smith College and Yale Divinity School, and has spent the last ten years of her ministry as the Episcopal Chaplain at Boston University. While at B.U., Margaret also served as the founder and director of The Micah Project, a 9 month program of service and vocational discernment for recent college graduates. During her tenure as director, she led 36 young adult interns into urban parishes, peace and justice programs, and chaplaincies where they contributed over 2,560 hours of service per year. Margaret has also served parishes and chaplaincies in Washington, D.C., Princeton, New Jersey, and New Haven, CT. She served as an Assistant Minister at Trinity Church, Princeton, N.J., and worked as the Assistant Chaplain at Princeton University. This year, she has been serving at Christ Church, Andover, where she is the Sabbatical Interim Priest. At each of these parishes, she has had a special interest in fostering excellent adult education programs.

“Behold,” says the Christ, “I make all things new!” When she was asked about her favorite quotation from scripture, she replied that she continues to be moved by Christ’s promise to make all things new.  She said, ““One of the reasons I follow Jesus Christ is because in both the joys and sorrows of this life, I witness the resurrection and redemption Christ brings us. Christ calls us to practice resurrection by staying open to the beauty and sacredness of our own lives, and by keeping our hearts open to “the new things” being done around us, whether they be in our partners, our children, our neighbors, or the stranger down the street.” She told me that she welcomes the opportunity to join us for another “new thing”- preparing our church and our hearts to welcome the next Rector of St. Mary’s.

Margaret’s Family Margaret has been an ordained Episcopal Priest for sixteen years, and in the last eight of these years, she has been married to her husband, Jon, who is an active member of the Unitarian Church. They have a son, Benjamin, five, who plans to participate in the St. Mary’s Church School, and they have four older children, Rachel, Asa, Jonas, and Rebecca, Margaret’s step children, who are Unitarians. Jonas, is graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design this May, and Rebecca attends Colorado College. During family free time, you will find them skiing in the White Mountains, sailing and swimming in ocean water, and hiking around New England.

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