All Saints Thanks Rev. Schjonberg for Her Guidance

On Sunday, May 30, the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, D.D. will preside over her final service as our interim rector. During her year with All Saints, she has touched many with her thoughtful and thought-provoking sermons, as well as with an optimism clearly rooted in faith that underpins her weekly email messages to the parish.

As we struggled with the closure of the church building, Mary Frances gamely and adeptly adapted Sunday worship for Zoom. As our technical skills improved, her vision helped to create special services for Christmas and Easter. She also worked with the reopening committee and diocese to preside and preach at outdoor services on Saturday evenings, and to offer baptisms and memorial services in the Memorial Garden. Given the tireless energy she has devoted to liturgy, pastoral care, and various areas of parish life and daily operations, few would realize that she had retired shortly before accepting the call or that she was contracted to serve as our supply priest on a part-time basis only.

The vestry and wardens have tapped the Rev. Canon Joan Pettit Mason to take over the duties of supply priest effective June 1. Currently the co-chair of Episcopal Community Services of the Diocese of New Jersey, she will work 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 five grandchildren, and, she notes, there are “two more on the way this year!”

 

More information on the transition will be coming in the weeks ahead.

Scholarship News

April 1 -  All Saints reminds students that applications are now being accepted for several scholarships. 

The Women's Guild Student Service Award is open to students who have given time and service to the church. Students must be beginning or continuing their post-high school education. Once you have met the eligibility requirements, your scholarship can be renewed for up to four years, as long as you are enrolled full time in a four-year program. The deadline to apply is June 1. Contact Lois Eberhart (732-854-0747) for an application.

 

The Cannon Memorial Scholarship, a $500 annual award, is open to graduating high school students planning to continue their education, as well as to those who are already enrolled in college or a trade school. The deadline to apply is June 15. Contact Linda Calvillo in the Church Office (732-892-7478) for an application.

Two scholarships, the Van Duzer Scholarship and the ECW Scholarship, recognize high school students in the Diocese of New Jersey for service to the church and the community. They assist graduating seniors preparing to enter their first year of accredited post-secondary education. Applicants are evaluated on service to the local and wider church, community service, academic achievement, and financial need. Applications for both these scholarships can be obtained from the diocesan website and are due May 1.