I feel like Mary is with me ... prodding me to keep going on this journey toward community.

Joanne Conway

When Mary McConaghy, diagnosed with ALS, asked Joanne Conway to help coordinate activities among her web of friends as a way for her to face her impending death, Joanne at first hesitated. Her prior experiences in groups had not been positive.

As much as I’ve longed for community, I’ve been very protective of myself to not be part of a community, so when Mary asked me, I had just, like the year before, joined the Spiritual Friends group reluctantly because I thought – this could lead places, I don’t know whether this is a place I want to go. And then lo and behold somebody in that group is ill and most likely dying and she’s asked me to be ...  . so it was that on top of my own life that I was trying to put together after my divorce. It felt like – I was really reluctant. However I really heard Mary asking, and somewhere I trusted that she needed me to do this, and that she trusted that I was the right person to do it. So based on that, I said yes.

As time went on I really got that – it really sunk in that she really, really understood community and understood the value, for her, of having people around her, almost to the end. And I also got that it wasn’t just – she wanted to see a movie; it was that she wanted to be in a roomful of people that were seeing the movie together. She didn’t want to go to Chanticleer; she wanted to go with people who wanted to go and share it. I was just amazed by that. And I’ve learned – I think, I hope, as I think about my own life – that I would feel open to a community being there for me, should I need them.

So it was a really learning, growing and healing experience for me. There was a lot of healing that was going on for me. And I came away really grateful for Mary’s wisdom.

I feel like she left me with work to do on myself and work to do in the work that I do with other people. So it’s like she’s not gone; she’s around. I feel like there’s a lot of Mary with me – Mary kind of prodding me to keep going on this journey toward community – toward trusting community. And for that, I am grateful.

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.

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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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