The Vestry is pleased to announce that the Reverend Maryjane Peck has been called to serve as Interim Rector for Saint Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church of Ann Arbor. She will begin June 1, 2019. During her time at St. Clare’s she will lead us in Intentional Interim Ministry and assist us in our preparation to call a full-time rector. In addition, she will provide pastoral care, lead liturgical services and manage church administration. Maryjane will work closely with the Vestry to support us in our ministries. She will meet with Saint Clare’s staff and leaders from Temple Beth Emeth this week. More information about Maryjane and her experience is included below. The Vestry is confident that Maryjane will be a steady leader for Saint Clare’s during the remainder of our interim period.
We have been so fortunate to have the Reverend Gene Curry and the Reverend Susan Bock as dedicated supply clergy during the beginning of our interim phase. Susan will end her journey with us on May 12th, and Gene will continue providing pastoral care and leading us as supply clergy until June 1st. In the next couple of weeks, we will share more information about our plans to celebrate their service to Saint Clare’s on May 12th and May 26th.
The Reverend Maryjane Peck is currently the Interim Rector at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Grosse Pointe Woods. Prior to that she was Interim Rector at Christ Church Detroit. She served her Curacy at Christ Episcopal Church Dearborn after her ordination as a transitional deacon in June of 2012 and continued after her ordination to priesthood in December of 2012. Throughout her career Maryjane has conducted numerous retreats and workshops. She is a trained spiritual director and was trained as a Labyrinth facilitator by Dr. Lauren Artress through the Verditas World Wide Labyrinth Project, leading many labyrinth walks.
She is licensed both as a Social Worker and as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She worked part time for Senior Counseling Services providing in-home therapy to older adults coping with grief, losses and life changes while in Seminary and during her Curacy. Previously she worked as an executive director for over twenty years in the non-profit arena including Boys and Girls Republic in Farmington Hills. Maryjane had worked in Child Welfare most of her social work career; seventeen with the Michigan Department of Social Services including day care licensing, foster care, protective services, delinquency services, and residential services for youth. For seven years she trained state, county and private agency child welfare workers and presented workshops on the state and national levels. She and her late husband were licensed foster parents for over eight years and adopted three children who now are adults.
Maryjane obtained her bachelor’s degree from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, a master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University, and a master’s in Divinity from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit in 2012. She completed a four-year program, “Sacred Arts and Training,” with Lynn Andrews in California in 1999. She completed a two-year Spiritual Director Internship Program at the Dominican Center for Religious Development in Detroit in 2011. She completed Lombard Peace Center Trainings in Healthy Congregations, Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches, Mediation Skills Training and Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process. Maryjane received interim training through the Interim Ministry Network. She has many hobbies including sewing, crocheting, writing icons, and reading. She loves travel and finding new places to explore.
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with God’s Peace, Knut