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The Rev. Mary Gregorius
and Catherine Street Community Center in Poughkeepsie. Mary served as a Vocational Deacon at Christ Church in Poughkeepsie, and as Deacon/Seminary Field Placement in St. John’s in the Village (NYC). Upon ordination, she was called to St. Margaret of Antioch in Staatsburg as a Priest Associate. For the past several years, she has also worked as a Chaplain at Westchester Medical Center.
Mary joined us as the Rector of St. John's Church in August 2012. She is married and has 2 sons.
Griffin Hospital in Connecticut, a post she held for 14 years.
In 1994, Lynn was ordained into the Diaconate and was assigned to St. Thomas’ in Mamaroneck, where she served for the past 20 years. During her time at St. Thomas’ she initiated a Feeding Program, coordinated Monthly Community Dinners and the Pumpkin Patch, and supervised the Thrift Shop. In addition, her mission work included working with Appalachian Rebuilding in Kentucky, trips to New Orleans to help with the rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina, four Pilgrimages to Tanzania in support of the Carpenter’s Kids, and two Pilgrimages to the Holy Land.
On the Diocesan level, she has served on Episcopal Charities Advisory Committee, and the Commission of Ministry, and has been involved in the Diocesan Indaba Program. And, as if that’s not enough, she is currently teaching confirmation class at St. Peter’s Church in Port Chester.
Lynn lives in Harrison, has two children, three adult grandchildren, and two great grandsons. She was widowed in 2005.
Lynn brings to us energy, enthusiasm, and organizational talents.
Our Deacon Emerita:
The Rev. Deacon Lynn Werdal
Lynn started her
career as a
spending 20 years
at Mt. Vernon Hospital, 10 of them as Director
of Nursing. She then became Vice President of
Patient Care Services as
Mary was ordained to the Diaconate in 1998 and to the Priesthood in 2009. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, she held
the position of Choir Director at both Zion Episcopal Church in Wappingers Falls
We are a vibrant community of faith where everyone is welcomed.
Our parish mission is "...restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ."
Our congregation includes people of all ages from Pleasantville, Hawthorne, Thornwood, and Valhalla and other neighboring communities. Members come from a range of faith backgrounds including lifelong Episcopalians, those who have joined from another Christian faith, mixed-faith families and individuals seeking a deeper connection to God in their lives.
Our primary time of connection is at two Sunday services of Holy Eucharist. There is a relaxed fellowship after the 9:30 service..
8:00 a.m. Rite I - This is a small service with formal language and no music
9:30 a.m. Rite III - Choral Eucharist followed by Sunday School, coffee hour and adult forum discussion
We also come together for combined services during the year. Outreach in service to those in our local community and internationally is another hallmark of the life of St. John's. In addition to worship and service, we enjoy periodic all-member social activities.
St. John's Church is committed to:
Nurturing in the Christian faith for both children and adults;
Serving the needs of people beyond our parish and local community;
Providing Pastoral support of our membership and visitors;
Inviting individuals to serve in ministry in areas to which they are drawn
If you are in the neighborhood, please come in and worship with us. Additional parking is available in the Girl Scout parking lot across the street on Bedford Road.