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St. James’ Arlington Calls New Priest in Partnership

By Nancy Boardman

ARLINGTON, VT – On Sunday, September 15, the parish of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Arlington celebrated the new ministry of the Rev. Mary Robinson White as its priest in partnership.

A native of Arizona, the Rev. White graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She taught school for more than 10 years before deciding to pursue the ministry. She graduated from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and then served in parishes in Arizona and California. Her most recent parish was St. Andrew’s in Albany, NY, where she had been since 2002. The Rev. White holds a certificate in Congregational Development from Seabury Western Theological Seminary, as well as a certificate of Spiritual Direction from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

She and her husband, John, who have three grown children, will divide their time between the St. James’ Rectory and their home in Albany. For hobbies, the Rev. White plays the bagpipes and enjoys cross-country skiing.

Founded in 1764, St. James’ is the cradle parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont. The present structure, located in the heart of Arlington, was consecrated in 1833 to replace an earlier building destroyed by fire, and is on the National Register of Historic Sites. For more information about the parish, its ministries and community partnerships, visit, email, or visit us on Facebook. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:00 a.m. (Rite I) and 10:00 a.m. (Rite II). St. James’ is a welcoming church and invites all to worship with us.

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