12th and Massachusetts Ave, NW - Washington, DC 20005 - 202.347.8161
Potluck Luncheon - Thurs., Feb 2nd
Who? Whoever can come!
Why? In honor of the feast of "The Presentation of our Lord in the Temple" and because it is "very good and pleasant when sisters and brothers live in unity"!(Psalm 133:1)
When? Thursday, February 2, Mass at 12:00 pm noon, Potluck Luncheon following
Where? Luncheon at the Rectory
What? Bring to share, appreciated: an hors oeuvre, (finger) sandwiches, or a dessert (a large pot of soup and beverages will be provided)
RSVP: Gail Davenport or 703-243-9691
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Sunday, January 29:
Logan Circle Holiday Home Tour
Please welcome Mary McCue
We have the blessing of welcoming in our midst "vocational Deacon-to-be" Mary McCue. "Vocational" means that she will remain a Deacon, that her ordination is not en route to the ordained priesthood. Being a Deacon is her vocation. In Roman circles, one speaks of "permanent Deacon". If all goes as planned, Mary's ordination will take place later in the year.
Mary requested to come to our parish (thank you Mary!), and will be with us for six months: February through July. She will be supervised by Deacon Fred, whose ministry she will be observing. The ministries in which she will be engaged in the parish are still being discerned. Do not be surprised to see her serving as acolyte!
I asked her to give us a glimpse of her spiritual journey. She shares with us the following biographical sketch. Let us warmly welcome her, as a sister in Christ, who comes kindly to share her gifts.
~ Fr. Dominique
Like many in the Episcopal Church today, I came to the Church from another religious tradition. In my case, it was the Roman Catholic Church. By the time I was in college, I'd completely fallen away. And, other religions - Unitarian, Lutheran, Quaker - didn't have any resonance for me.
About 15 years ago, a woman who was a second mother to me asked me to be the one to make the decisions at the end. I knew I needed a faith base, for myself and for all those who would mourn her. I started church shopping.
The former rector at St. Monica and Saint James parish (Anglo-Catholic parish on Capitol Hill, formerly St. James parish) was warm and welcoming, as was the congregation. So, I began attending. I found I loved studying theology. Virginia Theological Seminary offered courses that were intriguing and interesting. A Diploma in Theology. Confirmation in the Episcopal Church in 2003, and a lot of time on outreach activities. I also intensified and enriched my daily prayer life, a practice that continues to this day.
My faith journey was aided and shaped by a wonderful priest, whose name will be familiar to old-timers at Ascension & St. Agnes: Rev. Dr. Ronald Park Conner. Father Conner supplied for us. I had a privilege of serving with him many, many times. And we talked.
At one point he said to me, "Oh, I think you have a vocation for service. But, for heavens sake, don't go getting ordained a priest!" He was a wonderful and effective priest. His point was that there is ministry beyond the ordained priesthood. "Well, what do I do with this, Father Conner?" I thought.
When the Diocese of Washington published notice of workshops on the diaconate two years ago, I read the material and attended the workshops. I felt in my heart that God was calling me to such ministry - that it may be the answer to the question I had after Father Conner's comment.
Two years into the workshops, Deacon School, social service agency placement and, now parochial placement, I feel this even more strongly. God willing, I will be successful. I am very grateful that part of the journey will be with Ascension & St. Agnes.