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The Bishops and staff of the Diocese of Los Angeles join in thanksgiving for two gifted Westside rectors, Carol Anderson of All Saints’, Beverly Hills, and Hartshorn Murphy of St. Augustine’s, Santa Monica, and in wishing them both godspeed in new days of retirement.

Beverly Hills parish salutes retiring rector Carol Anderson

Parishioners and friends packed All Saints’ Church, Beverly Hills, to salute longtime rector Carol Anderson during a festive Friday-evening reception Jan. 8 in honor of her retirement, and for services on Jan. 10, her final Sunday with the congregation.

Tributes focused on Anderson’s unique gifts for guiding fellow Christians and seekers into deeper understanding of Jesus, a theme she reiterated in her final Sunday sermon at the parish (an audio recording is here).

During her 20-year tenure as All Saints’ rector, Anderson led the Beverly Hills parish into notable work in Christian education, formation and discipleship. Her extensive ministry included major initiatives in evangelism, mission (both local and international), stewardship, and renovation of the church buildings located at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Camden Drive.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1977 (and as a deacon in 1971) in the Diocese of New York, Anderson and her ministry were featured as part of a 2004 report in Time magazine. Her retirement plans include relocating to New York City, where she previously served in parish ministry.

The Rev. Mary Haddad now serves All Saints as interim pastor.

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Santa Monica parish honors retiring rector Hartshorn Murphy

With a festive Eucharist and luncheon reception, the Parish of St. Augustine by-the-Sea said farewell on Sunday, Jan. 3, to retiring rector Hartshorn Murphy, who served the congregation for since 1997. The parish also expressed its gratitude to Marla Murphy for her ministry in the congregation, notably in its bookstore and arts program.

Bishop J. Jon Bruno presided and preached during the morning Eucharist, and senior warden Darrel Menthe hosted the luncheon program highlighted by musical tributes from parish youth, children, and adult choir members. A photo gallery is available here.

Murphy was recognized for continuing St. Augustine’s strong commitment to peace and justice ministries, full inclusion of all the baptized, and for providing deep pastoral care, prophetic preaching and call to Christian discipleship.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1974 in Maryland, Murphy served congregations in Baltimore and Milwaukee before being called in 1980 as rector of St. Philip’s, Los Angeles. In 1988, Bishop Fred Borsch named Murphy to the diocesan staff and the position of Archdeacon for Congregational Development, in which position he served until being called to St. Augustine’s. The Murphys continue to reside on the Westside while discerning future plans.

The Rev. Mark Stuart now serves St. Augustine’s as interim pastor.