Bishop tells Morristown parish: ‘Greet your new rector!’

The Rev. Anne Thatcher, left, makes sign of the cross with Bishop Carlye Hughes, Sept. 18, 2021. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“St. Peter’s Church, greet your new rector!” Bishop Carlye Hughes told the masked Morristown congregation on Saturday.

Applause filled the Gothic sanctuary for the Rev. Anne Thatcher.

Thatcher has been serving as the 18th rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church since November. Saturday’s “service of institution” celebrated that fact.

“Some people say it takes a village. I say, it takes a church,” said Thatcher, known at St. Peter’s as Reverend Anne, giving thanks to the parish, and to family and friends watching a livestream from across the United States, England, Africa and Central America.

Rector Anne Thatcher gets a hug of congratulations, Sept. 18, 2021. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Thatcher, 47, previously was associate rector of a Philadelphia parish, St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

Trained to work with traumatized communities, she has led wilderness trips for troubled youths. She also has participated in Christian peacemaker delegations to the Middle East, and human rights training with Cristosal in El Salvador.

At St. Peter’s she succeeds the Rev. Janet Broderick, who left in 2019 after more than a decade to lead a church in Beverly Hills, CA. The Rev. Robert Trache had filled in as interim rector for St. Peter’s 600 members.

Rector Anne Thatcher, at her ‘Service of Institution’ at St. Peter’s, Sept. 18, 2021. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Saturday’s service included a hymn in Welsh, in memory of Thatcher’s great grandfather, an Anglican priest in Wales. Offerings were earmarked for St. Peter’s after-school program, which helps low-income working families.

Although Thatcher’s resume includes a stint as vocalist with a Philadelphia garage band, she did not join the group that performed at Saturday’s reception on the Great Lawn.

CUTTING THE LAWN: Rector Anne Thatcher dances with a friend at reception after her ‘service of institution’ at St. Peter’s, Morristown, Sept. 18, 2021. Photo by Susan D’Alessandro
St. Peter’s Rector Anne Thatcher and her sidekick, Laszlo, Jan. 25, 2021. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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