The Rev. Canon Anne Mallonee named new vicar of Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel

New York City
October 7, 2004

The Vestry of the Parish of Trinity Church/St. Paul's Chapel has called the Rev. Canon Anne Mallonee as its new Vicar, the Rev. James H. Cooper, D.Min., Trinity's Rector, announced today. She will oversee the worship, ministry, and Christian witness of the parish in lower Manhattan.

Canon Mallonee's ministry is characterized by leadership and teaching, fostering lay involvement, and creating partnerships with other community groups. Recently, she served as the Interim Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut, which saw a sharp rise in stewardship and lay participation during her tenure.

She also served as the Interim Dean of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she was made an honorary lifetime canon for her leadership marked as much by preaching and pastoral counsel as for creating such ministries as a "Healing Corner" at all services.

"We are pleased and very fortunate to have found an exemplary candidate for Vicar in Anne Mallonee," said Dr. Cooper. "She is a gifted communicator, with a passion for parish ministry and a commitment to the growth and development of God's people. We look forward with excitement to her joining our family and community at Trinity/St. Paul's."

"I am thrilled, and certainly honored, to have received this call," said Canon Mallonee. "I am looking forward to being part of the parish, and to inviting an increasing number of people to join us in God's invitation of relationship, and learning how I can help in their spiritual journeys."

Canon Mallonee grew up in Wichita, Kansas, as the third of four children in an active Episcopal family. At age 15, she offered her life to God. When the first woman was ordained by the Episcopal Church a short time later, she knew she wanted to become a priest. She is married to Tony Furnivall, a musician by vocation.

Her ordained ministry began in 1986, when she was appointed chaplain of Canterbury House, the Episcopal Church at the University of Kansas, and served as a Communications Officer for the Diocese of Kansas. She later served as the Associate Rector of Christ Church in Overland Park, Kansas.

Canon Mallonee earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, and completed her Master of Divinity degree at the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in 1986.

She holds above all her pastoral tools the conviction "to listen."

"To listen is the start of any process to make the ministries of the Church relevant for new generations," she wrote in a letter introducing herself to Trinity's search committee, adding, "unless we are creative and willing to take risks, we cannot reach the people who need to hear the good news the most."

Canon Mallonee will be the first female Vicar in the 307-year history of Trinity Church.

Firmly rooted in the history of the city of New York and the nation, Trinity Church was established under British royal charter in 1697. The parish, consisting of Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel, has a diverse congregation drawn from the New York region and offers 18 worship services during the week as well as daily interdenominational prayers for peace at St. Paul's Chapel.

The parish offers:

A strong musical tradition, with a family choir, a professional choir with CD recording contracts, and a popular twice-weekly concert series;

Global and local investment in the church through the Trinity Grants program, which supports social transformation in metropolitan New York, spiritual formation and development in the wider Episcopal Church, a wide range of projects in Anglican churches in the Global South, and the development of telecommunications throughout the Anglican Communion;

Trinity Television and New Media, which produces a wide variety of television programs for broadcast and parish study use and which webcasts services from Trinity Church;

The pioneering exploration of spiritual practices through Spirituality & Health magazine and a series of popular spiritual formation conferences;

An exhibit at St. Paul's Chapel that focuses on its unique ministry to 9/11 workers during the recovery efforts at the former World Trade Center site;

A not-for-profit conference center in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Connecticut;

Outreach in downtown New York City through a homeless shelter, 24-hour drop-in center, and a home for the elderly and disabled; and

Full childcare services for children six months to five years in New York's financial district through Trinity Preschool.

Trinity Church also retains eight percent of its original endowment of land granted by England's Queen Anne in the early 1700's. Today its
commercial properties on this land form the core of the city's Hudson Square community.

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