Mary-Frances Beesorchard

On December 8th of 2019 I entered the nave of St. John’s Bangor and immediately was awed by Richard and Hobart Upjohn’s Gothic Revival style church. The vaulted ceiling, stained glass windows and exquisitely carved altar piece nurtured wonder and stillness within me. Then, the Eucharist began and I was thrilled to hear an amazing choir and to participate in the beautiful liturgy.

I felt good about St. John’s becoming my new church home, but knew for certain I had found my worshiping community on Christmas Eve. As we finished the service in candle light and Silent Night my oldest daughter leaned over and whispered “That felt holy Mommy.” I knew then and there that I was transferring my membership.

I moved to Orono, Maine on December 1st of 2019 with my husband and my two girls.

Prior to moving to Maine, I was Senior Warden of a Supper Church called Southside Abbey.

Overlapping that, I was the Children’s Religious Education Director at Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for nearly 10 years. It was truly a joy to teach the children of the that parish and watch them grow up.

I also had the opportunity to serve at a weekly foot clinic through Church of the Common Ground, a street church in Atlanta, GA. It was a blessing to pray with and help wash the feet of the homeless men and women who attended the clinic.

This summer I enjoyed helping to lead the Summer Evening worship in the Churchyard here at St. John’s. Currently I am enjoying praying weekday Morning Prayer on Zoom and helping at the Second Saturday lunch and the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.

I am honored to be a part of the Vestry at St. Johns. I hope to bring my skills that I have learned from past ministries to benefit the work of this wonderful community.