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Our Vicar

 In May of 2012, our previous pastor, Rev. David Niemeyer, accepted a call from another Richmond parish, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and the St. Francis Vestry began the discernment process for locating a new Vicar. 

In February of 2013, the Vicar Search Committee recommended Rev. John Maher as the new Vicar for St. Francis.  Subsequently, the Vestry approved this selection and the Diocese issued a call to Rev. Maher, which he accepted.  He began as St. Francis' new Vicar on April 1, 2013.

John Maher Closeup


John is married to Carol and they have two grown children currently residing in Pennsylvania.  They have a dog named Ben.  Carol is an art teacher and most recently taught in the Arizona public school system.  John retired from the Diocese of Arizona in 2012 after serving as the Vicar of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church.  Before accepting the call there, he served as Rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Elverson, PA.  Following his retirement, John became involved as a part-time Vicar at St. Judes Episcopal Church in Phoenix, AZ.  John received his Master of Divinity from General Theological Seminary in 1979 and his Doctorate of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1992.  We are very excited to have John and Carol join our church family and look forward to working with them in the next stage of St. Francis development.