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Clergy and Staff

 

The Rev. J. Connor Haynes, SSC

Rector

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Phone -- (609) 386-0902

Biography

The Reverend J. Connor Haynes has been Rector of St. Mary’s for eighteen years.  A native of Illinois, he received the Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House seminary in Wisconsin.  He was ordained as a deacon, then as a priest, in 1986, and served in the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois before being called to St. Mary’s in 1996. Father Haynes has three children-- Teghan (and her husband Tyler), Bronwyn and Gareth - and three grandsons.

Aside from his vocation as a priest, his interests include history, music, letterpress printing and the limitless possibilities for deriving satisfaction from repairs to a historic rectory. Father Haynes celebrated the twenty fifth anniversary of his ordination to the Priesthood in 2011 with a special celebration at St. Mary's.

 

Mandy Skalski

 

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Administrative Assistant

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Phone -- (609) 386-0902

Mandy joined the staff at St. Mary's in May 2013. She lives in Mount Laurel with her husband, two children, and two step-children.  Mandy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Delaware and was most recently employed at Penn Medicine as a Financial Analyst.  Prior to that position, she spent 8 years in the software quality assurance field.

 

People Contact Me

Seeking Worship and Event times

Membership and Church School information

Flower Memorials and Thank offerings

Buying burial plots

Wedding information

Outreach assistance

Information about renting the Guild House Genealogy help

 

Questions I Can Typically Answer

What time are worship services?

What type of fellowship and ministry groups do we have available?

What are the requirements for getting married at St. Mary’s  -- Do you have to be a member?

What type of assistance do we provide to the needy?

I'm new to the area --How do I become a member?

I was a member of another Episcopal Church.  Can you help me transfer to St. Mary's Parish?

Can I get Information on providing flowers as a memorial or thankofferings?

Can I buy a burial plot in the Churchyard?

Can I rent the Guild House for my event or organization?

Can I get genealogical information from the parish records?

 

Rosemary Eifert

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Bookkeeper

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Phone -- (609) 386-0902

Rosemary has been the St. Mary's Bookkeeper since 2007.  She lives in Burlington Township with her husband and children.

 

People Contact Me

Seeking Information about their contributions and pledge envelopes.

 

Questions I Can Typically Answer

Could you provide me with my giving statement? I lost mine.

Did you receive my contribution check?  It hasn't cleared the bank yet.  or It didn't show up on my giving statement.

Could you tell me how much I have contributed so far this year?

How do I get pledge envelopes?

 

Lee Milhous

 

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Organist and Choir Master

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Biography

Those who do not attend the choral mass may not have met Lee Milhous, our Organist and Choir Master. Lee makes no secret of his passion for church music, or music of almost any genre. Lee was born and raised Episcopalian. His father’s family was Quaker, his mother’s Episcopalian. He grew up at St. Asaph's in Bala Cynwyd, a miniature replica of the cathedral by the same name in Wales. Lee began his interest in music during the 4th grade when he was a member of the men and boys choir at St. Asaph's and when he started lessons on the French Horn. He learned to play the piano in 9th grade, and the organ in 10th grade. Lee fondly remembers playing in orchestras and jazz bands during his youth, but admits always loving music for the church the most, especially the organ. Lee is a summa cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music, then a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. Lee’s musical theater credits, as both the Music Director and Conductor, include productions of My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, The Pajama Game, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, to name only a few. Lee is active as a recitalist and concert organist. In 1992, he performed a solo at Carnegie Hall as part of an Opera Orchestra of New York production of Richard Wagner’s Rienzi, and describes this as one of his most memorable and amazing professional experiences. Prior to his appointment at Saint Mary's, he served as Director of Music at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Doylestown. At that post he managed the Saint Paul’s Music Series, which brought such talented ensembles as Philomel, The Dryden Ensemble and The Princeton Singers to enthusiastic Bucks County audiences. Besides offering services of Evensong and Lessons and Carols, the Choir of Saint Paul’s Church appeared in concert annually as part of the series. In addition, Lee has been the Choir Director and Organist at Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El in Wynnewood, on the Philadelphia Main Line since 1988. Lee describes the synagogue as conservative, similar to the Anglican church in Judaism. There is no instrumental music for services but, they rehearse weekly, singing only for major Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, in addition to participating in concerts and an annual Philadelphia Jewish choral festival. One item of note that Lee mentions is the Jewish Hallelujah chorus. It was written by Louis Lewandowski, a famous Jewish composer who lived and worked in Berlin in the 19th century when the style of synagogue music was to emulate church music of the time. Lee has arranged a performance at St. Mary’s, by the Choirs of Council Rock High School, on May 17th at which time they will sing this piece. Lee was drawn to accept the position at St. Mary’s by many aspects of our parish. He was attracted to the Church’s traditional liturgy, the history of St. Mary’s, Father Haynes’s personality and the beauty of the building’s architecture. Lee was especially enticed by the parish’s desire to expand the music program. When asked about his vision for the future of St. Mary's Music, Lee says that he sees great things ahead. In fact, in his short time here, he has already played a major role in establishing the St. Mary's Music Series. First and foremost, Lee recognizes the need to increase the members of our choir, and perhaps include paid section leaders as choral role models and mentors. Secondly, Lee appreciates the need to expand the music library at St. Mary's because the music available in the library has been severely water and smoke damaged or simply does not exist in enough copies for the choir to use. This will be a long-term effort. Thirdly, Lee would like to see the choir sing a Choral Mass setting for special masses on occasion. Lee also envisions musical offerings to include 2 Evensongs a year, Advent Lessons and Carols, plus 3-4 concerts of varying types annually. He would like to see these events take place in both the new and old church. Finally, Lee hopes to begin to expand the Children's Music program through the rebirth of the Epiphany Pageant next year. Lee lives in Doylestown, PA with his sons Elliot and Christopher, age 9 and 7, respectively. Outside of his musical endeavors, Lee enjoys traveling with his boys to show them the variety of the world, fine food, trains, and keeping up with their 15 pound and ever growing Maine Coon kitten, Eggnog.

 

Clifton C. Frake, Jr.

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Sexton

Contact Info: You can contact Cliff through the Parish Office at (609) 386-0902

Cliff Frake has been a member of St. Mary's since birth.  He opens and closes the buildings, looks after the Churchyard and does maintenance as needed. Cliff is a carpenter by trade and his handy work is seen throughout the physical plant of St. Mary's.