St. Mary’s 125th Anniversary

logoCelebrating 125 Years at St. Mary’s
In April, 1891, St. Mary’s became the ninth parish in the Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Throughout 2016 we will be reflecting upon the last 125 years and celebrating the legacy of this remarkable community here in Cow Hollow and beyond. Mark your calendars now for these upcoming opportunities to gather together in joy and fellowship as we give thanks for all that St. Mary’s has been and will be.



Historic Locations in San Francisco
Did you know that in the official list of Registered Business Locations for the city of San Francisco, St. Mary’s is the most historic site on record? Too see this for yourself, visit this site, scroll to the right, click “sort by location start date,” and click “ascending.” The list will be organized in order of oldest to newest businesses and organizations, with our own St. Mary’s appearing in the number one spot.

Telling Our Stories
Arnold Toynbee said that history is a vision of God’s creation on the move – and St. Mary the Virgin has been on the move for 125 years! Scripture tells us the importance of sharing our faith journeys and exploring the ways we are connected to one another and to God. On Sunday, April 3 following the 11:00 a.m. service, we met to begin the telling of the St. Mary’s story.  The audio of the joyous and chatty discussions and tales told during the Telling Our Stories meeting is below. It is a valuable record of oral history for the parish.

Telling our Stories - 4/3/16     


Liturgical Celebration
On Sunday, April 17, we celebrated a special worship service adapted from the rite in use in 1891, when St. Mary’s was founded.  It was a joyful and meaningful morning.


Photos from the 1891 Liturgy

Festive Reception and Arts Presentation
On Saturday, April 23 at 5:00 p.m., members of St. Mary’s gathered for fellowship and fun as we enjoyed a potluck picnic, some lovely piano music, and a spectacular presentation on our courtyard mural offered by Lauren MacDonald, an Art and Architectural Historian, Academic Librarian, and Historic Preservationist with the San Francisco Art Institute. If you missed it, feel free to listen to the presentation here.  The mural was created by artists Lucienne Bloch and Stephen Dimitroff in 1966.

An Argonaut in Cow Hollow
More than 120 years after Frank Pixley — California pioneer, businessman, former state Attorney General and longtime editor and publisher of The Argonaut — enabled the construction of a church on his family’s property at Union and Steiner Streets, it remains the vibrant home of the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin.

The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin Reflections on Our First 125 Years
Notes from the Archives

Prelude (March)

Worshiping, Celebrating and Learning (April)

Notes from the Archives: Springing Up (May)

Notes from the Archives: Storytelling (June)

Notes from the Archives: Storytelling (July)

Notes from the Archives: Storytelling (August)