Who We Are
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The Rev. Canon Alan Dennis
Parish office: 914 238-8751
Pastoral emergencies: 646 784-4060
The Rev. Canon Alan Godfrey Dennis was born in Cape Town, South Africa. After qualifying as a Librarian, specializing in children and young adult work, he entered Saint Peter's College, when the struggle against the horrendous evil of apartheid was peaking. He graduated Summa cum laude in 1978.
During his 37 years of ordained ministry Alan served as University Chaplain, and large urban, suburban, and rural parishes within the Diocese of Cape Town - South Africa, Toronto - Canada, Connecticut (parishes in Darien and Bridgeport), New Mexico (Dean of the Cathedral of St. John) and New York ~ Sub-Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine ~ Priest in Charge, St. Peters Chelsea ~ Interim Rector, Christ Church Pelham ~ Interim Rector, St. John's in the Village, Manhattan.
He moved to the US with his family in July of 1996.
He has worked tirelessly in leadership positions within the church, locally, nationally and internationally, as a bridge builder, ecumenically and within the interfaith community. Widely traveled he facilitated numerous workshops and retreats on issues of peace, reconciliation, justice, relationships, and liturgy, in South Africa, Singapore, Canada, England, Botswana, the Republic of Georgia, Italy and the US.
As someone who has experienced the pain of racial discrimination, Alan is deeply committed to the healing of all who are oppressed and marginalized. He has a deep passion for the children and youth of the world. He continues to serve the wider community, recognizing and affirming all persons as created in the image of God, celebrating a ministry of inclusion.
Alan and Jenny have been married for 37 years. They had an eight-year term as the international clergy couple of Marriage Encounter for Africa. Jenny was an educator for 21 years. She is currently employed by a major bank.
Their daughter Jill, is married to Fabian, and they have two children, Amaya and Xavier. They live in Bayside NY. Their son Marc, is married to Angelina and they have two children, Adrian and Benjamin. They live in Teaneck New Jersey.
The wonder of worship infuses him with a passion for the church to be the leaven of the community and a beacon of hope to the world. He is blessed to have the privilege of a continued relationship with his mentor and beloved friend Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
He enjoys music and the arts, writing, good movies, kayaking, walking, and swimming in the ocean. He values the challenge of working with wood (presently building a tree house for their grandchildren); he is also an avid gardener and experiences the garden as a place to be creative, think and pray. Most of all he relishes engaging with people!
Mr. Peter Frost
Phone: 914 747-0927
St. Mary's is thrilled that Mr. Peter Frost joined our staff on September 1, 2017.
Peter was a theater/choral teacher in both public and independent schools for 16 years. For five years, he was Director of Music for the Children’s Aid Society Chorus program where he administered 18 choruses (K-12) and directed five in New York City. Peter’s two select choirs from the Children’s Aid Society performed at Carnegie Hall with Mandy Patinkin, the Rainbow Room with Donna Murphy, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Waldorf Astoria, and Radio City Music Hall. The Children’s Aid Senior (HS) Chorus received a “superior” rating and first place overall in April 2008 in Maryland.
He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut and Master of Music degree in Music Education from Lehman College, CUNY. He has performed with the Hartt Touring Opera in Connecticut and the California Opera Center. As an actor-singer, he has appeared in musicals in summer stock, dinner theaters, and regional theaters, as well as many dramatic plays with the Bluestone Actors Project, a professional repertory company based in Westchester County. Peter has been an Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and will teach a course this fall entitled: The Power of Sacred Music. He began his career as a church musician in college, and most recently has been Music Director at the First Presbyterian Church of Mahopac since leaving full-time classroom teaching in 2014. He also has a studio for voice and piano students where he lives in Hawthorne.
Peter has been commissioned to write choral compositions by the Briarcliff Congregational Church, the Children’s Aid Society, and the Great Neck North High School Jazz Choir. In 2013, he was commissioned to write five new arrangements for Colgate University for the 21st-Century Colgate Songbook. Peter’s choral pieces have been published by GIA Publications and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. His newest publication, Stephen Foster Dreams, was recorded in 2015 by the Varsity Ensemble at St. Mary’s International School, Tokyo, under the direction of Randy Stenson. For further information about his composition, please go to peterfrostmusic.com.
Peter has lived with his wife Hui-Mei Lin (a pianist) in Hawthorne since 1992. Their sons Connor and Liam are now in their twenties and actively pursuing careers in music.
Ms. Laurane Carnevale
Ms. Laurane Carnevale is a native New Yorker. She studied English literature at Hunter College, comparative literature at Harvard University, and drawing at The Art Student’s League. To merge her inter-disciplinary passions for the arts, she pursued a career designing multi-media presentations in the days when “multi media” meant live, theatrical productions for corporations and non-profit institutions. After designing several exhibits for the National Gallery of Art, in 1992 she was honored by Carter Brown, the departing director, to design his last gift to the American People, an exhibit of the Sculpture of the Golden Age of Greece.
While raising her son, Thomas Christian, Laurane volunteered at the Hastings-on-Hudson public schools, Hoff-Barthelson Music School, and was a founding member of the H-O-H Farmers Market. In 1998 she dispelled the Hastings Library Guild’s future-shock-resistance to a video library by suggesting they feature Shakespeare, arguing that plays are meant to be seen, not read. The Hastings Library became the first in Westchester to carry the complete plays of William Shakespeare on video!
Laurane studied botanical illustration at the New York Botanical Garden and served as president of the Greater NY Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, organizing exhibits throughout the tri-state area. She taught drawing for Rivertowns Adult Education and gave private lessons in her studio.
In 2003 a life-altering event occurred: a fellow art student invited Laurane to sing with Westchester Choral Arts, where she was astonished to see Tim Vernon, with whom she was acquainted through mutual friends and regular attendance at Ars Antiqua concerts at SMTV. When she learned that Tim was SMTV’s music director, she began to attend services and found the homilies as compelling as the music was exquisite.
In Joel, St. Mary's former rector, Laurane discovered shared interests in early church history, philosophy, and the poetic and spiritual aspects of scripture that inform our daily lives. When Joel offered her the job as parish administrator in 2006 she seized the opportunity to work in a magnificent setting in the service of exceptional people, whose dedication to outreach and education has enriched her quest for beauty in all things.
Rector: Reverend Canon Alan Dennis
Stewardship Warden: John Priscantelli
Building & Grounds Warden: Andrew Tustian
Treasurer: David Aplin
Adult Education & Spiritual Formation: Janet Priscantelli
Clerk: Rich Juzumas
Christian Education: Amanda Fesco
Newcomers & Membership: Lisa & Sean Fitzgerald
Outreach: Tirza Santilli
Worship & Music: Durrie Golding
Bell Editor: Mary Ann Bayer
Webmaster: Christine Maxfield