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Our New Rector

New Rector
Photo: Ellen Reilly

Saturday, October 5, 2013, was a banner day for St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church. The Rev. John E. Denaro, Priest-in-Charge since the spring of 2011, was instituted as our new Rector by Bishop Lawrence Provenzano of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island at an Evensong service. The liturgy, officiated by the bishop, prominently featured music sung by the St. Ann’s choir and guest singers from nearby sister parishes.

A great crowd of family and friends of the new rector, clergy colleagues, parishioners, and members of the wider community were in attendance. The service included prayers for the new rector and people of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, along with expressions of gratitude for the revitalization of the parish and the renewed mission that Fr. John has helped to initiate. The Rev. Peter Elvin and Mrs. Diana Elvin of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown, Massachusetts, delivered a fun and moving joint sermon. A member of the vestry read a proclamation from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz declaring October 5, 2013, “The Rev. John Edward Denaro Evensong Celebration of New Ministry Day.”

Outreach Gift
Photo: Ellen Reilly

Church leaders and community partners presented the Rector the symbolic gifts of ministry— from the traditional Bible and keys, to canned food and sandwiches of parish outreach to the needy, to a program from a local interfaith service.

A lively reception followed afterwards in the sanctuary, complete with cabaret entertainment performed by gifted friends of Fr. John.

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