220 Years of Ascension on Staten Island
On Ascension Day (May 26), the Church of the Ascension, Staten Island, celebrated its 220th anniversary with a special service and reception. Bishop Assistant Mary Glasspool was the celebrant and preacher, assisted by the Rev. Mark Brown and the Rev. Deacon Geraldine Swanson. Dr. Holly Bonner was received into the Episcopal Church & her daughters Nuala & Aoife Bonner received their first communion. A special Litany of Thanksgiving for the church was offered by wardens Elizabeth Brown and Edward Rogers. Ascension’s organist Lucy Merryman was recognized for 51 years of service with a purse and a blessing by Bishop Glasspool. A festive reception followed in the church rectory.