All Saints Thanks Rev. Schjonberg for Her Guidance

On Saturday, June 5, members of All Saints hosted an evening reception in Bristol Hall to thank the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, D.D. for her inspirational and much-appreciated work as our interim rector during this past year. Notably, the day also marked the re-opening of the church and the first service (a funeral that morning with over 170 in attendance) at which Rev. Schjonberg presided and preached inside All Saints since last year.

Although we will miss Mary Frances, the evening was a joyous one that allowed us to reconvene and to thank her personally. The festivities were kicked off by a delightful tribute from Bob Post, who compared Mary Frances' ministry to that of Fr. O'Malley (played by Bing Crosby) in Going My Way. He acknowledged that her energy and spirit have rekindled All Saints. And, on a lighter note, he observed that the resemblance ended there as Mary Frances did not share Bing Crosby's talent for crooning.

The parish also presented her with a framed print of All Saints (by Kate Leigh Cutler), a vase engraved with the shield of All Saints, and a rector's purse, as well as a host of well wishes.  (To read the Rev. Schjonberg's thank-you note to the parish, click here.)

The Rev. Canon Joan Pettit Mason has assumed the duties of supply priest and presided at Eucharist via Zoom at 10:15 a.m., June 6. Currently, she is the co-chair of Episcopal Community Services of the Diocese of New Jersey, and has worked closely with Mary Frances to ensure that All Saints experiences a smooth transition.

Previously, the Rev. Canon Pettit Mason served as rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Toms River from 2003 to 2018 and at St. Peter’s in Medford prior to that. She received her undergraduate degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University and her Masters of Divinity at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. She has two sons and two daughters-in-law and six grandchildren, and, she notes, there is “one more on the way this year!”

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