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Rev. Laura Marie Piotrowicz

RevLauraMariePiotrowiczTo All Parishioners of St. John’s and to Our Extended Community Family

Further to the recent 30 September 2018 announcement by Archbishop Ron Cutler of the appointment of a new Rector to the Parish of St. John’s Lunenburg, your Wardens and Parochial Committee are excited to introduce you to Rev. Laura Marie Piotrowicz.

Rev. Laura Marie has served in a number of parishes over the past 15 years in both Manitoba and Ontario and served in the Naval reserves as Chaplain on the HMCS Star. She comes to us most recently from the Parish of St. John’s, St. Catharines in the Diocese of Niagara.

Rev. Laura Marie has worked on various committees and task forces at both the Diocesan and National level. The Primate has appointed her twice as the Canadian Representative of the Anglican Communion Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

What’s most important to St. John’s and Lunenburg are the many blessing she brings with her and the incredible fit with the key characteristics that came out so clearly from our parish in the many meetings undertaken this year in the creation of our Shared Vision.

While no bio can properly introduce the energy and excitement that Rev. Laura Marie brings better than her own personal presence, here is an attempt at outlining some of the key characteristics that she brought to the extensive interview process that was undertaken.

First of all, she is as excited about our Shared Vision as we are – it is a key reason her calling was drawn to us.

Her passion is Parish ministry and she is comfortable and experienced in what this means in smaller towns. Rev. Laura Marie is excited about joining and being “part of our parish family”. She believes in work-ing within a community, helping to engage, support and connect the God-given gifts of each individual with opportunities to serve our baptismal covenants. She believes that trust, respect and collaboration are the heart-beat of all vital and healthy communities. She believes in the “ministry of presence” and sees the Rectory as a tool to connect at another level with the parish and the community.

Our Shared Vision calls for a spiritual leader with energy. It is no longer a world where “either/or” is an acceptable solution. It is a world that incorporates the word “and” in all we must do and Rev. Laura Marie’s level of energy is a rare commodity and promises to bring excitement to our parish. She immediately under-stood and demonstrated passion for the need to balance our rich heritage while embracing the journey into the future.

Our calling as a church is to spread the Good News as disciples of God and Rev. Laura Marie has demonstrated innovative ideas about ways to undertake this missional work in a quiet but determined way.

She is a rector for “all ages” demonstrating compassion and caring for those in need, with pastoral care as one of her true passions, while at the same time showing a love to “get down on the floor” and connect with children.

She is a natural story teller and her sample sermon delivered to the Search Committee was passionate and inspiring. Sunday mornings will not be dull! Laura Marie supports the need to provide a variety of levels of services to meet the spiritual needs of a diverse congregation such as ours. She demonstrated this to the Search Committee with stories of the variety of services she has been involved with in her previous parishes.

While we have some work to do to get the Rectory “ready” for the arrival of Rev. Laura Marie Pi-otrowicz early in the New Year, we are excited for the Parish of St. John’s Lunenburg, the community of Lunenburg and for Rev. Laura Marie herself as we start this new journey together.


Laura Marie with her two companions,
Guinness a Black Labrador, and Watson a Shepherd.

Barbara Butler Organist – Choir Director

Barbara ButlerBarbara Butler is the Organist – Choir Director at St. John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg. A chamber musician, choral conductor, organist and music educator, she is a well-known champion for the arts in Nova Scotia.

Born in Newfoundland, Barbara earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Acadia University with majors in piano and organ. She is also a graduate of Banff School of Fine Arts in Arts Management, The Institute of Choral Arts (Nova Scotia Choral Federation), England’s Royal School of Church Music and the International Organ Academy (Holland). In 1990 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. In 2002, Barbara was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal by Lieutenant Governor Myra Freeman for her service to music and the arts in Nova Scotia. She is a 2006 recipient of a Women of Excellence Award in the field of culture from the Canadian Progress Club (Halifax – Cornwallis). In October, 2011 she was honoured to receive an Honourary Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of King’s College. In March, 2012 Barbara was awarded the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal by Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis.

Barbara Butler is the Artistic and Administrative Director of Musique Royale, a Festival of Early Music in Nova Scotia which has its base at St. John’s Church in Lunenburg. She is the Founder and past Artistic Director of the St. Cecilia Concert Series and former Director of the Lieutenant Governor’s Concert Series.

Barbara has strong affiliations with many arts organizations in the province and has sat on various boards including the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Debut Atlantic, Opera Nova Scotia, the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.

Mary Wagner, Parish Secretary

Mary WagnerMary started her administrative position with St. John's Anglican Church September 11, 2000 after a lengthy career in the banking industry. She grew up in Mahone Bay, moved to the Lunenburg area, worked and raised her family. Mary went through the transition period of rising from the ashes due to the fire that destroyed much of the church November 1, 2001. She witnessed the hard work of parishioners, members of the community and people from many parts of the world as they came together to do all they could to help with the restoration of the church. Mary sees the church as being vibrant with an active Sunday School, a phenomenal music program, committed and caring volunteers and parishioners, who love and are dedicated to their church. She receives great pleasure coming in contact with many of these folks during a normal day at the parish office.

Duncan Crowdis, Robert MacMillan and Blake Starratt, Parish Wardens

Honorary Associate Priests – Supporting Clergy

Rev. Linda Macdonald • 902 634-9473;
Rev. Oliver Osmond • 902 634-8589,