St. Mary’s Parish

at Interim Rector
Location St. Mary's City
Date Posted February 13, 2022
Category Washington (Robert Phillips)
Job Type Intentional Interim
Setting Town
Compensation 92000 - 105000
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Negotiable
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Optional
If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory? Yes
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 365
Average Sunday Attendance 74
Child Population in Church School N/A
Adult Population in Church School N/A
Teacher Population in Church School N/A
Budget 294670


Liturgical style and practice

In non-COVID times, Sunday services have been held as follows:

St. Mary’s Chapel: 8:00 Rite 2 Eucharist, with piano music and singing

Trinity Church: 10:30 Rite 2 Eucharist, with singing, choir anthems, organ and piano music

7:00 pm Contemplative Rite 2 Eucharist as part of the Campus Ministry program.

During the pandemic, Sunday services have been held in various ways:

Beginning in mid-July 2020, a 9:00 am service referred to as, “Mass in the Grass,” was held on the lawn in Trinity Church Yard.

A 10:30 AM ZOOM Service of the Word & Agape Feast is held to allow parishioners to socialize on-line.

In late 2020, when cold weather made outdoor service impractical, COVID protocols were developed to allow inside Sunday worship. This 9:00 Rite 2 service held at the Chapel included music but no singing.

On May 2, 2021 the 9:00 in-person worship moved to Trinity Churchyard. Services were held outside until inclement weather forced it inside.

In the fall of 2021, 8:00 in-person worship began at the Chapel at 8:00 and another service at Trinity at 9:30

In the past, our church has gathered outdoors for the Blessing of the Animals, the Palm Sunday processional, and other special occasions.


Spiritual Life in St. Mary's is felt by our Parishioners. Our parish is fulfilled by many services. Typically, Right II, and special services including Baptisms, Epiphany pageants, Being Received/Confirmed, Weddings, Funerals, Ecumenical services with neighbors. Family services on Christmas Eve, and Easter bring many to worship with us on special occasions.


Sunday school educates all to the word of God. Readings and discussions with teachers, Priests, Seminarians, SMC students, and parents, help our parish experience the Lord.


Parts of the service nave meaning to all. Music, readings from the bible, Holy Eucharist, anthems and Sermons. Many enjoy adding their voices.


It comes from community outreach. Our spring, fall, & chicken dinners, collecting and distributing food to those less fortunate. We help house the homeless during the winters, hold "Yard Sales" to generate financial assistance and the fellowship of being with others.


Our music programs have brought people to our parish. We have had organists & pianists from the community and choir directors with a vast amount of musical knowledge and passion.


In the recent survey of St. Mary’s Parish, Section # 2 involved Caring for your Wellbeing.  There were 26 responses to the survey, with ratings between 0 and 10 (10 is excellent).  


Results are as follows:


Care for Spiritual Wellbeing 

69.3% rated this an 8 or better.

19.2% rated it between 5 and 7.

11.4% rated it a 2, 3, or 4. 

The majority of respondents rated this a 9 (30.8%).


Care for Emotional Wellbeing 

53.9% rated this an 8 or better. 

30.7% rated it between 5 and 7.

15.3% rated it between 1 and 4.

The majority of respondents rated this a 10 (23.1%).


Care for Physical Wellbeing

19.2% rated this an 8 or better. 

57.7% rated it between 5 and 7.

23% rated it 3 or below. 

The majority of respondents rated this a 7 (26.9%).


In summary, the parish may want to look to improve efforts affecting congregants’ physical wellbeing but seems to be satisfying the spiritual and emotional needs rather successfully. 


Sitting on the edge of the south campus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Saint Mary’s Parish has an active Campus Ministry program, consisting of both lay and clerical associates who regularly gather with students for activities, gatherings, and prayer. Each year, St. Mary’s campus ministry partners with the Roman Catholic campus ministry to offer joint Ash Wednesday and Good Friday worship services at Trinity and nearby St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church. These services attract participants from the college study body, faculty, staff and parishioners from both congregations. College professors often use Trinity Church as a subject for student projects in Archaeology, History, Sociology, Art and Music.  St. Mary’s College of Maryland students regularly attend worship services, sing in the choir, and participate in community outreach events. Upon graduating, students who have participated in parish life sometimes remain as active members of St. Mary’s Parish, while others seek out and connect with Episcopal and other Churches in the communities where they have relocated.

Contact Information

The Rev. Dr. Robert Phillips

Canon for Leadership Development and Congregational Care

Episcopal Diocese of Washington

(202) 537-6531