Church of the Ascension, Staten Island

at Priest-in-Charge
Location Staten Island
Date Posted August 16, 2022
Category New York (Nora Smith)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation Compensation and Benefits according to Diocesan Guidelines.
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Clergy + 1
Housing Housing for 6
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Required
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 102 (year 2021)
Average Sunday Attendance 43
Child Population in Church School 10
Adult Population in Church School 16
Teacher Population in Church School 4
Budget $218,141


Liturgical style and practice

Ascension uses the Book of Common Prayer (Rite II) for all services. We celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday morning with a spoken service at 8 a.m. and a Sung Eucharist at 10 a.m. We have a small volunteer choir that sings for special services and our organist has been with us for 51 years. In the summer months we try to celebrate "Mass on the Grass" at least once or twice during the season, followed by refreshments. We also host a Healing Service once a month which takes place on Saturday at 12 noon and is led by our Deacon and one of our long-time parishioners. The service includes hymns taken from "Songs of Praise" (a supplemental hymn book), accompanied by a guitarist. We also have an ongoing Sunday ministry at Lakeside Manor, a Senior Care facility in the neighborhood, where a team of Eucharistic Ministers lead an afternoon service with hymns and pre-sanctified bread. This important ministry was started nearly 30 years ago by one of our parishioners, who later went on to become an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church.


  • Longevity - we celebrated our 220th Anniversary this year
  • Loyal membership
  • A welcoming and loving church family
  • Supportive of each other and the neighboring community
  • One of the first parishes on Staten Island to implement on-line worship when COVID prevented in-person worship


  • Many of our parishioners are 65 and older - becoming frail, homebound
  • COVID has affected the size of our in-person worship congregation
  • Because of COVID there is a shortage of Interim and supply priests - currently no real "continuity" in having the same supply priest on an "extended" basis - has had an effect on our in-person attendance
  • Many denominations and parishes that surround our church - i.e, several Catholic churches and a Temple a few blocks away - less of a chance of drawing in neighborhood residents as potential parishioners.


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Parish Profiles and OTM Community Ministry Portfolios are available from the Diocese of New York's Positions Open webpage: 

Contact Information

Receiving Names Until: September 30, 2022

If  you feel called to apply, please send your letter of interest, Resume, and OTM Portfolio, to Nancy Reiersen (Search Chair), by email to:, with a copy to the Rev. Canon Nora Smith: