We welcome The Rev. Horace Dagnall Free Jr. and his wife Sallie to our parish family!

It is with great pleasure that the wardens and vestry announce that we have called the Reverend Horace Dagnall Free Jr. as the seventeenth Rector of St. Mary’s Church Episcopal, Staten Island.

Fr. Free comes to us from the Diocese of South Carolina, having served at St. John’s Parish Church, Johns Island South Carolina as Associate Rector.  He received his Master of Divinity from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Wisconsin.  Fr. Free is married to Sallie Free and they have two children William (20) and Emma (17).  His first Sunday with us will be May 17th.

The main focus of Fr. Free’s ministry has been pastoral ministry and spiritual direction, concentrating on the needs of the parish and the community around him.  Preaching, teaching, administering the sacraments and liturgy has been his focus.  Fr. Free is a pastoral, engaging person making conversation very comfortable.  As one member of the search committee said, “He gets us.”

Fr. Simeon O. Johnson, our dear friend and priest will celebrate his last Eucharist with us on Sunday, May 10th.   Please join us on this day for a special coffee hour as we celebrate the ministry of Fr. Simeon and express our gratitude to him and his family.  Fr. Simeon has allowed us the time we needed to prepare for our next rector and we thank him for his continued love and support during this interim period.

We are deeply grateful to the search committee for its outstanding work of prayerfully considering the applicants, conducting interviews,  meeting  and enjoying meals together with the candidates, and discerning those subtle revelations in conversation that ultimately bring us Fr. Free.

We the people of St. Mary’s have much to look forward to as we begin our next exciting chapter as God’s people in community.


Cathy A. Carlson                             Ernesto Figueroa

Warden                                               Warden





Welcome to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Castleton) on Staten Island. Established in 1848, we treasure our traditions while meeting today with grace.  We are a parish in the Episcopal Church, which is a province of the Anglican Communion.

We are a fully welcoming community valuing Scripture, tradition, liturgy, and Christian formation.   We serve one Lord, Jesus Christ.  Worship is centered in the Holy Eucharist, using the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Rite I.

Our 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist is a simple and intimate service in which our congregants are nourished in the Body and Blood of Christ and immersed in the Word.

Our principal service is the 10:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist.  Our active Sunday school meets from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., then joins the congregation for the remainder of the service.

We invite you to join the community of St. Mary’s!


Our Parish Prayer

Holy God, Father Almighty, whose most dear Son prayed that we all might be one; bless and unite the people of St. Mary’s in our common mission to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in whose Holy Name we pray. Amen.