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What Everybody Ought to Know About Securing a Rectory for St. Mary’s

We are encouraging all St. Mary’s members in good standing to attend a meeting after the 9:00 AM service in the sanctuary to vote on the purchase of a property to serve as a future rectory.

We need a quorum to hold a vote on the following Resolution.

  1. St. Mary’s should purchase the residential real property located at 2791 Quebec St. North, Arlington, Virginia 22207, Tax Map No.: 04-011-114 (the “Quebec Street Property”) for $1,285,000; and, if such purchase is approved,
  2. St. Mary’s should borrow against and encumber the Quebec Street Property with a mortgage in order to secure a loan for the purchase of the Quebec Street Property in an amount no greater than $500,000 for 15 years, at a rate of 4.75% for an initial seven years, thereafter at the 5-year Treasury rate plus 2.5%, or such other substantially similar terms as the lender may require and St. Mary’s shall agree.

You may recall that in mid-2017, after many months of discussion and discernment, the Vestry approved the formation of a committee to search for a suitable property to serve as a future rectory. Fr. Merrow encouraged this endeavor as one part of our strategic, long-term planning for our parish, which includes succession planning for his eventual retirement.

A rectory is an Episcopal tradition that is worth upholding to make St. Mary’s an attractive choice for a new rector who might find it difficult to afford to live near the church without housing included. Indeed, St. Mary’s has had properties that have housed clergy, and sales from those church properties proved to be a worthwhile investment. In fact, those funds make up the resources we can apply towards a new rectory.

Purchasing a rectory is a reasoned decision to make given our assets. Today, St. Mary’s has funds available to pay for nearly 70% of a property that will meet our parish’s needs. Given the steep home prices in this area, tight inventory, and the historically low-interest rates, we felt it was important to act now (if the right property became available) before interest rates go up, and our purchasing power diminishes.

Working from a set of parameters, which the committee tweaked with each property visited, the committee unanimously agreed on the property on 2791 N. Quebec St. and felt we needed to move swiftly to submit a bid and secure a contract.

St. Mary’s Service for Anna Ross

Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2:00 p.m.

A funeral service to honor the life of Anna Ross will be held at St. Mary’s this coming Saturday at 2:00 p.m. If you attend, please make use of all parking options, including the Marymount University BLUE garage, which is a block down from N 26th St and Yorktown Blvd.

Thank you for your prayers for the faithful departed and unconditional support for Anna’s immediate family–mother and father Emily and Jon, and sister Charlotte.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Advent Funeral Services, 7211 Lee Highway, Falls Church, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to charities of personal importance to Anna, including Biomedical Science Research (Scripps Research Institute; Stowers Institute for Medical Research and Supporting Orphans and Orphanages World-Wide (All God’s Children International

Finally, the Ross family has posted a brief biography about Anna so that all may remember her many talents, joys, and hope in this life.

Bishop Suffragan Search Process Comes to St. Mary’s

Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Paca Hall

Listening Sessions for the Bishop Suffragan Search

All members of St. Mary’s and from the Virginia Diocese are invited to attend.

The Search and Nominating Committee will be hosting Listening Sessions across the Diocese to gather people’s views about the desired characteristics for the second Bishop Suffragan.

Selected Virginia churches have lay representative on the Search Committee. Florence Dale is representing St. Mary’s.




In November 2017, the Annual Convention of the Diocese consented to the call from Bishop Shannon Johnston and the Standing Committee to elect a second Bishop Suffragan. The new Bishop will become the third member of an Episcopal team that includes Bishop Susan Goff, who also serves as a Suffragan.

Following are additional Listening Sessions scheduled so far:

Sunday, February 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.       Church TBD, Alexandria
Monday, February 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.       Church of Our Saviour, Charlottesville