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The Rev. Canon John McDowell, Assisting Priest (retired)

John McDowell Fr. John retired from full time ordained ministry in 2006 when he and his wife, Hatty, moved to Carlisle and began work restoring a home in the downtown Historic District. Actually, this represented both a return to Carlisle, and to the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. Born in Wellsboro, north central Pennsylvania, John was educated at the Milton Hershey School and then came to Dickinson College in Carlisle, graduating with a BA in 1964. Sponsored by the Diocese of Harrisburg, John attended the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria and graduated in 1971. He was ordained Deacon that spring and Priest on June 1, 1972.

Fr. John first served as Curate at Emmanuel, Southern Pines, NC, then as Rector of the Church of Prince of Peace, Gettysburg, before being called by Bishop Charlie McNutt in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, to serve as his Executive Officer and Canon to the Ordinary, a ministry he exercised from 1982 to 1995. While in the diocese he served as a Deputy to five General Conventions and was President of the Clergy Association. His diocesan ministry included responsibility for clergy deployment, missions, budget, and ordination process and training.

In 1995 he was called to the Church of St. James the Less in Ashland, Virginia, where he served as Rector until retirement in 2006. In “retirement” Fr. John has served as Interim Rector of Prince of Peace, Gettysburg and All Saint’s, Hershey; and as part-time Rector of Calvary, Beartown and Transfiguration, Blue Ridge Summit (2010- 2014).

John and his wife Hatty are the parents of three adult children and six grandchildren. Their daughter, Katharine Lively, her husband Tim, and their three children are active members of St. John’s.