I felt cut off from an experience in my life that had meant a great deal to me.

Al Gardner

When the Rev. Al Gardner said goodbye to his old home on Roumfort Street, he thought it was the end of everything. After arriving at his new home in Cathedral Village, he discovered that it was the beginning of everything else.

At the end of 2007 I retired for about the third time—and really retired that time—and left my position at St. Martin’s Church as one of the adjunct priests there, and soon discovered that I was in a deep period of depression, because I had said goodbye to my colleagues and to many of the members, even though I continued to attend church at St. Martin’s. But somehow or other I felt cut off from an experience in my life that had meant a great deal to me. And at the same time I was planning to sell my home and to downsize and go into a retirement home, and it was just an awful lot happening at one time.

One of the things that was the most comfort to me at the time was my attachment to, and my love for, St. Martin’s Church. It seemed that God was working through the members of the community of faith at St. Martin’s Church, who were reaching out to me and loving me, and assuring me that everything was going to be all right—that this was just a very difficult time that I was going through—and it’s one of those things that I will never forget.

I have a little dog, a Boston Terrier whose name is Abigail, and ever since she was about eight weeks old I started taking her to Pastorius Park in Chestnut Hill, and came to know a lot of other dog owners there. And those people became my friends, and became my support group during the time that I was in a period of depression, and I can never forget them. In fact, I still like to go back from time to time, and take my dog there and see my old friends, and keep up with them on the telephone.

When I moved to Cathedral Village, I was beginning a new life and making new friends and wondering whether I was going to fit in here. And I was wonderfully received at Cathedral Village by many of the residents, and since I’ve been here, I haven’t eaten very many meals alone; so I have been fully accepted and loved by a new community at Cathedral Village.

Regular Sunday Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.

We would love to have you join us.


This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.

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