Rev. J. Cooper Conway, Priest in Charge
Mother Cooper is a graduate of the General Theological Seminary and the Center for Christian Spirituality at General. She served the Church as an interim minister for more than 10 years before she settled down with us, at St. Paul’s.
As the Priest-in-Charge of two parishes, St. Paul’s and Trinity Church Ossining, which are different in style, she says she “has the best of both worlds.”
Her favorite prayer is one written by Teresa of Avila:
Let nothing upset thee,
Nothing afright thee,
All things are passing:
God never changeth.
Patience endurance to all things attaineth
In whom God possesseth nothing is lacking.
Deacon Dorothée Caulfield
Deacon Dorothée Caulfield was ordained in May of 2006 and served the 4 parishes of the Ossining-Briarcliff area as the Landmark Deacon for 3 years until 2009. She returned to Trinity and St. Paul’s on-the-Hill in September of 2018 to serve again within her beloved community. She is the cheerleader for the joint Social Justice Mission Committee of Trinity and St. Paul’s on the Hill; the director of Ossining Prison Ministry, Inc; works full-time as the Parish Administrator at Christ Church Tarrytown and is a Spiritual Director meeting with clients in her office on the St. Paul’s on the Hill campus.
The Rev. Dr. Charles Mayer, Assisting Priest
Fr. Mayer, a native of Long Island, earned his M.Div. at the Harvard Divinity School, with a subsequent year of “Anglicization” at the General Theological Seminary. After several years of parish ministry, he trained as a Pastoral Counselor at the Blanton-Peale Institute, earning Certificates in Pastoral Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, and Marriage and Family Therapy. He completed his clinical training with a doctorate at the Graduate Theological Foundation.
Fr. Mayer fully embraces life as a bi-vocational priest, with a psychotherapy practice in White Plains alongside his pastoral work in Ossining. He cherishes a professional life that combines clinical practice with the rhythms of priestly ministry. In addition, he is passionate about his work as Chairperson of the Diocesan Episcopal-Jewish Relations Committee. He lives in Scarsdale with his wife, Holly, and ten-year-old daughter, Sarah, and is always secretly ready to drop everything for a baseball game at Citifield.
Theologically, Bishops are considered to be successors to the Apostles. Bishops, therefore, have the two-fold responsibility for the apostolic mission of the Church and for the oversight of that mission within a given geographic area, the Diocese.
The bishops, who in the Episcopal Church (unlike elsewhere in the Anglican Communion) are elected by the clergy and laity of the Diocese, are members of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Bishops confer Holy Orders upon deacons, priests, and other bishops, and administer the rite of Confirmation in addition to the usual priestly services. They visit the congregations, meet with the clergy, administer Confirmation, and preach the Word.
The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City is the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the Seat of its Bishop. It is chartered as a house of prayer for all people and a unifying center of intellectual light and leadership. It serves the many diverse people of our Diocese, City, Nation and World through an array of liturgical, cultural and civic events; pastoral, educational and community outreach activities; and maintains the preservation of the great architectural and historic site that is its legacy.
Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church (U.S.)
The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015. He was elected and confirmed at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, UT, on June 27, 2015. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church.