Rector Enjoys Viola, Singing

Rector Enjoys Viola, Singing

Name: Penelope (Penny) M. Bridges

Religious organization’s name: St. Francis Episcopal Church.

Organization’s address: 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066.

Phone number: 703-759-2082.

E-mail address/Web site:

Employment: Rector of St. Francis, April 2003-present;

associate rector of Grace, Alexandria, 1997-2003;

computer programmer, 1980-1994.

Education: Cambridge University, UK, 1979 B.A. honors in music; Yale Divinity School, 1997 master of divinity.

Town: Great Falls.

Number of years in that town: One.

Community activities/ties: Great Falls Ecumenical Council; FYI Network; McLean Orchestra; Langley High School football and band parent.

One thing about your community as a whole that you enjoy that you don't think most people know about, or something important for a newcomer to know: Sooner or later everyone comes to Gilette's Coffee Shop. Best pastries in the area!

Something special about your religious organization: A very warm and welcoming community to all kinds of people

Favorite religious activities or events: Anything with music. Really good Gospel choirs. A grand sung High Mass with splendid vestments, incense and ceremony (never done at St. Francis!).

Favorite personal activities: Playing viola, singing, reading historical novels.

Other favorite things (e.g., favorite place to take a walk, favorite place to see the sunset): Favorite walk: around my neighborhood. Favorite spot to sit outdoors: on my living room balcony, listening to the stream nearby.

A book, movie, vacation or other experience that you enjoyed: A weeklong string quartet camp for adult amateurs in Pennsylvania this spring.

Words to live by: Love God with all your heart, soul and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.

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