St. Mary's Clergy
The Rev. Dr. William W. Rich, Interim Rector comes to St. Mary's having recently retired from Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston after nearly seventeen years there in a variety of roles, including Interim Rector from 2017-2019.
Bill grew up in Baltimore, MD, and received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Williams College. After receiving his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, he served parishes in the Baltimore area from 1980-1987. From 1987 through 1999, he was the Chaplain to Goucher College, where he also taught in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.
Bill studied in the Psychiatry and Religion Program at Union Theological Seminary in NYC, where he earned his Ph.D. (2002). After graduating, he taught pastoral psychotherapists in training at the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute in NYC, as well as seminarians at Union Theological Seminary in NYC. In the years immediately preceding his arrival at Trinity, Boston, Bill served as the Interim Rector in three different parishes: St. Paul’s, Doylestown, PA, Christ Church, Bronxville, NY, and St. David’s, Kinnelon, NJ.
The Rev. Bruce Mason, Deacon The Rev. Bruce Mason, Deacon, has been a visitor and then a member of St. Mary of the Harbor since 2011. He lives here year-round with his spouse Sandra (Sandy). Bruce was born in the 1930s in Brockton, MA, and educated in PA, MA, and CT. After several years in the Army, Bruce and Sandy were married, and began raising their family of three children.
After graduating from the University of CT with his MSW, Bruce worked for thirty-four years as a social worker, a school social worker, as assistant director and then director of special education and services, and finally as an interim assistant superintendent of schools in a CT public school system.
Bruce was ordained to the diaconate in 1990 in CT, and served four churches there until becoming inactive/retired about 2005. Never fully retiring, he remains committed to serving the well-being of the community, both through the church and in other ways. As part of his servant ministry as a deacon he seeks to remind us that we are all called to be servant deacons, whether ordained or not.