On April 25, one day before the Feast Day of St. Mark the Evangelist, close to 200 parish members and guests celebrated St. Mark’s 100th year at the church’s “new” location in the heart of Mt. Kisco with a Rededication Service and festivities for all ages.
The Rt. Rev. Catherine S. Roskam, Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of New York rededicated the church, celebrated the Eucharist, and preached. Bishop Roskam and Mother Eileen were joined by Pastor Kunhardt, St. Mark’s Priest Associate, and three clergy who have served St. Mark’s in the past: The Rev. Stephen Bolle, The Rev. Jane Cumming and The Rev. Ralph Peterson. The festive mass was attended by several special community guests, including Mt. Kisco Mayor Michael Cindrich.
Mt. Kisco Mayor Cindrich praised St. Mark’s contributions to the wider community throughout the past 100 years. “I am quite humbled to be part of this celebration,” Mayor Cindrich said in presenting Mother Eileen with an official proclamation proclaiming Monday, April 26, 2010 as “St. Mark’s Day” in Mt. Kisco. “To everyone at St. Mark’s, from the community of Mt. Kisco, ‘Thank you,’” he said.
In the parish hall following the service, parish members and guests enjoyed a presentation on the growth of St. Mark’s over the past century. During the ceremony, parishioners Doug and Margaret Clark and Scott Cook were recognized for their leadership in preserving St. Mark’s as the “monument of beauty” envisioned by St. Mark's members in 1910 when the church's cornerstone was laid. Verann England, Don Ford, Norm Herman, Dick Lawrence, Mary Ellen McKee, Ann Natale, Heather Baker-Sullivan and Ray Nicolato were honored for their outstanding service in the Mt. Kisco community. And, Donnie Barrand was thanked for her tireless work in preserving the church’s historical archives.
In a 1909 sermon, The Rev. E. F. Chauncey who was then Rector of St. Mark’s, saw the relocation of the church as critical to the parish’s work. “In determining the location of our church, we should be guided by the principle of service,” he said. The people of St. Mark’s have answered that call. Over the past 100 years, we have used our parish home in the heart of Mt. Kisco to reach out to the wider community. St. Mark’s is not only in the heart of Mt. Kisco, we are in her people’s hearts as well.