Who we are:
We are an inclusive Episcopal congregation open and welcoming to all regardless of age, race, finances, ability or orientation. We invite and encourage all who are seeking a deeper and more meaningful spiritual life to worship and learn with us.
We honor and respect the traditions of our liturgy. The liturgy is an integral part of our worship. But we are open to thoughtful adaptation of the liturgy, especially when the result is increased inclusion. Parishioners are welcome to question the liturgy while still taking part in it.
We like to be challenged. We are inspired by preachers and guests who open our eyes to new ways of seeing and thinking about things, whether it be a gospel passage or the world around us.
We love music and art and the way God is made known through creative works.
Where we worship:
St. Saviour’s is located on a campus of large, historic buildings constructed primarily in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with generous gifts from members of the Bar Harbor summer colony. Worship services are generally held in the ornate main church or the more intimate Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin. In winter, weekday services are usually offered in the Rectory Common Library, which is easier to heat.
The summer community remains a vital part of our Parish life, but over the decades, the year-round community has become an integral part of the community. We worship together as one.
Our campus includes:
- the main church (1876-1901), including the Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin (1899)
- an attached Parish Hall, where we hold coffee hour and annual meetings, as well as host a wide variety of community functions
- a Memorial Garden
- the Rectory Common, renovated in the early 2000’s, which also hosts community functions, parish library, as well as staff offices and the Rector’s residence
- The Parish House, operated by Local Solutions of Maine as a residence for adults with cognitive disabilities.
Priest-in-Charge: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
A new priest joined us on M.D.I. in February 2021. Please welcome The Reverend Holly Hoffmann as our new Priest in Charge at Church of Our Father, St. John’s/St. Andrew’s, and at St. Saviour’s.
The Rev Hoffmann comes to us from St. Alban’s in Cape Elizabeth, ME where she is currently the Associate Rector at St. Alban’s and also Executive Director of St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center.
The priesthood is a second career for her. Prior to entering seminary, she was a high school English teacher and Associate Dean of Academics at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. She attended Yale Divinity School and was ordained in 2018.
Following several months of work, the search committees of St. Andrew/St. John, Church of Our Father and St. Saviour chose The Rev Hoffmann. We all felt that the Spirit was guiding us in our discernment as she was selected on a first vote by all three unique and diverse search committees. (A truly amazing event!) The Vestries of St.Saviour’s, St. Andrew’s and St John’s and Church of Our Father, along with their congregation, all approved the calling of the Rev Hoffmann. Following this approval, Bishop Brown was notified and gave his “joyful consent” to our calling her as our priest.
Music Director: Dr. Daniel Pyle, 207-288-4215. (send email)
Senior Warden: Linda Foster
Junior Warden: Carolyn Reed
Clerk of the Vestry: David Cuthbertson
Treasurer: Jim Vallette
Members of the Vestry
Class of 2022 Sue Blaisdell, Diane Zito
Class of 2023 Ty Proctor, Buck Jardine
Class of 2024 Lee Garrett, Eliza Vallette
St. Saviour’s is in collaborative ministry with The Parish of St. Andrew & John, Southwest Harbor, and The Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove. Our three parishes share ministries and worship together on a monthly basis, striving to be a more effective witness to Christ on Mount Desert Island.
The Episcopal Church in Maine
St. Saviour’s is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, with offices at 143 State Street in Portland. Their phone number is 1-800-244-6062.