Fr. Lee Miller sermon of July 17, 2016.
The Rev. Mary Anne Dorner is, by her own account, an extroverted monastic theologian who loves to bring people together when she’s not engaged in writing projects or contemplative prayer. She brings enthusiasm and creativity to each endeavor…whether it is organizing a book club or hosting her family and friends at her home in Wesley Chapel, preparing for a quiet day or writing a sermon in her pastor’s study.
Until 1981, Mary Anne’s focus was on raising a family. She was an active Roman Catholic, and taught Christian Education and served in Pastoral Care and Outreach Ministries for many years as a lay person. Then she switched gears and went to college, joined the Episcopal Church, and entered the ordination process. She studied at both Lancaster and Virginia Theological Seminaries, and was ordained Deacon in 1989 and Priest in 1991. After serving churches in DE, PA and FL, she retired from active parish ministry in 2006.
Since then, she has taught Theology and Church History for Barry University, volunteered at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel as a Chaplain, and has lead retreats and worship services at various local congregations. She also organized and continues to lead a women’s writing group and an evening book club.Mary Anne has recently had her work published both in print and on social media. After attending a writer’s conference at Kenyon College in 2015, she began writing her own blog: everydayblessingsplus.wordpress.com. Be sure to check it out!
Over the past few years, Mary Anne’s spiritual life has been greatly enriched by her active participation in a newly formed sisterhood of women who seek to live a Christ-centered, contemplative life while maintaining their active lifestyle in the world. This Sisterhood of Belle Coeur is inspired by the work of Spiritual Director Sibyl Dana Reynolds as depicted in her novel “Ink and Honey” and her spiritual guide “The Way of Belle Coeur.” For more information on this movement, go to her website www.sibyldanareynolds.com
Mary Anne and her husband Ted also continue to travel the world to experience different cultures and to trace their family heritage. They have been married for over 50 years, and have been blessed with four children and eight grandchildren. Wife, Mother, Grandma, Friend, Priest, Sister…Mary Anne is all of these… and is grateful for the many ways in which she can show love and be loved in return.