The Rev. Dr. Ann Paton to Retire as Liturgical Assistant
Dear Church Family,
I write to share the news that our beloved matriarch, Ann Paton, has decided it is time for her to step down from serving as a Liturgical Assistant at Church of the Ascension – a position she has held these past twenty years.
While we will miss having her in the pulpit or celebrating the Eucharist, so long as her health and strength permits, Mother Ann will continue to be in her usual pew to worship with us on Sundays. It is hard to believe that Ann turns ninety in December!
Please come and join us for a luncheon on Sunday, December 9 after the 11:00 am service. Ann will speak briefly about the Nunc Dimittis and we will have a chance to celebrate with her and offer some words of thanks for her extraordinary ministry in our midst.
Ann is known and loved by so many in the Pittsburgh and South Western, PA community. Ann is an alumna of Geneva College where she returned to teach for 44 years. Still today Ann is Professor Emerita of English and earlier this semester she gave a guest lecture to a rapt class of students. Ann earned her Ph.D. in medieval English Literature at the University of Colorado.
We all know that Ann is precious to us. What you might not know is that she was ordained here in Pittsburgh in 1991, and has been a priest of this diocese for more than twenty-six years. Ann served on the bishop’s staff as Deployment Officer, on the Commission on Ministry, and as the Director of formation for bi-vocational priests. Most recently Ann served on the Editorial Board for the new ACNA catechism.
Ann has been a treasured Spiritual Director for many and a much sought-after retreat leader. Ann loves music, theatre, books and missions. Ann is also a passionate advocate for full equality for women in the church.
To so many here at Ascension she is known and loved simply as “Mother Ann.”
Do come and celebrate with us on December 9, as we honor Ann and give thanks to God for her life and ministry – thus far.
Thank you, Mother Ann for your extraordinary ministry among us. We love you.
Yours in Christ,
Jonathan N. Millard (Rector)