CHRISTIAN IN OUTLOOK
CATHOLIC IN WORSHIP
PROGRESSIVE IN SOCIAL TEACHING
Most Rev. Dr. Rosemary Ananis
Bishop, Diocese of New England
Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi Faith Community
Dean, Institute of Old Catholic Studies
Bishop Rosemary was called to the priesthood after 30+ years as a clinical social worker. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Bangor Theological Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 2003. In 2006 she was elected bishop in the American Catholic Church of New England. That church came together with four other independent catholic dioceses to form The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States (TOCCUSA) in 2010. Bishop Rosemary was appointed Bishop of New England and serves as Pastor to St. Francis of Assisi Faith Community.
In 2014 Bishop Rosemary received her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Her doctoral thesis was the development of a Trinitarian-Relational model for clergy. This has led her to form the Commission on Ministry, dedicated to teaching/training the current and future clergy of TOCCUSA in that model. In addition to her pastoral duties at St. Francis, she is dean of the Institute of Old Catholic Studies, the online forum that educates both clergy and laity in the history, sacramentality and ecumenism of the Old Catholic Church.
She is currently semi-retired from her psychotherapy practice and makes her home in Wells with her wife, Janet.