Mary Taggart - Destined to Become a Deacon

Mary Taggart - Destined to Become a Deacon

By Sophie Smal, Communications Coordinator

Born into an Episcopal family, the Rev. Mary Heller Taggart grew up going to church - first in California and then in Connecticut, where she spent much of her adolescent and adult life.

In 1976, St. Paul's, Healdsburg, became Taggart's new home parish when she and her husband moved to California. During the following years, Taggart had thoughts about becoming a deacon; however, it seemed the timing was never right, as her life was busy with her three kids, her career as an elementary school librarian and her family's guitar supplier business, Allied Luthrie Inc. 

Through this time, Taggart said she always kept praying, "God, where do you want me to be?" Although she regularly attended church at St. Paul's, Taggart said she wasn't exposed to deacons there, so it wasn't until her retirement three years ago that Taggart actually engaged with deacons.  

"Then, all of a sudden, I kept meeting deacons who told me about the various ministries they were participating in," Taggart said. "It was through such a short period of time that I thought, 'Okay God, you've really got my attention now.' There was no way to ignore it because it was so persistent." 

Shortly after, Taggart made the decision to attend the Episcopal School for Deacons in Berkeley, in which she graduated in May of this year. Now, Taggart is living out her answered prayer at St. Paul's, with "one foot in the Church and one foot out in the world."


"St. Paul's has a vital shower ministry, is involved with the local food pantry, and provides the space and support to a free community dinner every Sunday. The local homeless agency, formerly part of St. Paul's (then known as NSCS, now known as Reach for Home) is close to my heart. I am also enjoying being a part of the Spanish Sunday Eucharist," Taggart said.


 "I look forward to listening to people at St. Paul's and in the wider community as I move into my new role as a deacon."

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Linda Maxwell wrote:
We at St. Paul's are so blessed to have Mary+ return to us after her 3 years of study and fieldwork away from our parish!

Wed, August 2, 2017 @ 8:51 PM

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