A Letter from Interim Rector, Reverand Mary Naughton
It was such a pleasure to worship with you on September 15th and then have an opportunity to meet many of you during the Fellowship Hour afterwards. You certainly made me feel welcome, and I look forward to officially joining your family on October 13th.
For those of you whom I’ve not met, I thought it would be helpful to introduce myself to you by way of this message in your monthly newsletter. A native of Brooklyn, New York, I was born to a devout and loving Irish family. Throughout high school, I attended Catholic schools, and during my adult years as a Roman Catholic, my primary area of interest was in the interface of Spirituality and Social Justice.
I hold Masters degrees in English Literature and Religious Studies Magna Cum Laude from Fordham University in New York. I also hold Certificates in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Direction from the Center for Spirituality and Justice in New York and the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Wernersville, PA. Most recently, I received a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Bexley Seabury Seminary.
In 2011, due to my husband’s health, we I relocated to Florida, where I was received into the Episcopal Church and soon after into the ordination process. I went on a parish mission trip to the Dominican Republic and assisted in the hurricane recovery in the Florida Keys. I am currently an Assisting Priest at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Boynton Beach. Sadly in 2018, my husband of 46 years passed away.
I am a proud mother of two adult children: John, a Vice President of Ohio Dominican University, who lives with his wife and two children in Columbus, Ohio; and Nora, my daughter, who lives with me in Boynton Beach and is a Special Education Teacher at Lantana Elementary School.
Farewell to Father Paul and Brenda Rasmus.
We wish Father Paul and Brenda the very best in their retirement and were blessed to have them with us for more than 13 years. Father Paul provided strong spiritual leadership to our congregation, and in return we are prepared to move forward together, love one another and love God.
Integrity Palm Beach Trip to Ancient Spanish Monastery
In May 2019, more than 60 parishioners joined members of Integrity Palm Beach on a coach ride to North Miami for a guided tour of the reconstructed ancient Spanish Monastery, St. Bernard de Clairvaux. Originally constructed between 1133-1141 A.D. in Sacremenia, near Segovia, in northern Spain, this Cistercian monastery remained active until the 1830s, when revolutions closed its doors to religious life. In 1925, William Randolph Hearst purchased the Cloisters and the Monastery's outbuildings. The structures were dismantled stone by stone, bound with protective hay, packed in more than 11,000 wooden crates, numbered for identification and shipped to the United States. Reconstructed and given to the Episcopal Church in the 1960s by Colonel Robert Pentland, Jr., the parish Church of St. Bernard de Clairvaus is again and active and growing congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.
Participants enjoyed the a box lunch picnic, toured the parish grounds and even enjoyed a magnificent organ recital! Enjoy these photos from that wonderful day of fun and fellowship.