Lemonade on the Lawn





St. Ann's is honored to welcome two distinguished leaders and Episcopal priests during the 2015 season. The Rev. Thomas R. Ward. Jr. will be with us on Sunday, July 12th, and the Rev. Luis Leon on Sunday, August 2nd. Our chaplain, Peter Cheney, has prepared the following profiles of Tom and Luis.

Sunday, July 12th 

The Rev. Thomas R. Ward, Jr. has been an Episcopal priest for nearly forty years. In his early ministry, Tom served parishes in his native Mississippi before leading Christ Church (now Cathedral) in the heart of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Under Tom’s stewardship, Christ Church became nationally recognized for its commitment to urban ministry and for its exemplary liturgy, music and preaching.

In 1994, Tom’s commitment to spiritual formation and the development of young adults led him to accept the position of University Chaplain at Sewanee, the University of the South, where as an undergraduate he was among the strongest scholars in the University and a small college All American basketball player. (In 1967, he was chosen as a Rhodes Scholar and returned from England in 1969 to teach college English and Shakespearean literature before entering Virginia Theological Seminary.)

In “retirement” since 2005, Tom now focuses on the contemplative dimension of the Gospel, teaching Centering Prayer and leading retreats that deepen one's relationship to the Trinity who dwells in our hearts as well as in the world around us. He has been practicing Centering Prayer for many years and has a special interest in fostering this practice in local congregations.  Tom has worked closely with Thomas Keating and Contemplative Outreach Ltd., a network which seeks to foster contemplation, and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.

Tom and his wife, Peggy, have two grown children, Reid and Sarah.


Sunday, August 2nd

The Reverend Dr. Luis León, began his tenure as Rector of St. John’s Church Lafayette Square in Washington DC in 1994. His specialty is building inner city parishes through spiritual leadership, preaching, excellence in worship and liturgical music, stewardship and outreach that involves parish members in community service and outreach. Luis teaches courses nationwide in parish building and stewardship and is a frequently requested commencement speaker.

In his previous work, Luis served as the Rector of urban congregations in Patterson, New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware, following service in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland as Director of Refugee Resettlement.

Luis began his spiritual journey when he was baptized into the Episcopal Church in Guantánamo, Cuba. In 1961 he came to the United States as part of the “Peter Pan” flights out of Cuba, joining thousands of children whose parents, at that time in history, feared for their future in Cuba. He was 12 years old when he arrived in the U.S., and was supported by the Episcopal Church in Miami.

Luis attended the University of the South, graduating in 1971. He received a Masters in Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1977 and in 1999 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of the South.

Luis and his wife, Lu, have two grown children, Emilia and Sofia.

2015 Calendar

June 2015
  • SUN 28 Lemonade on the Lawn: 9 am – 10 am
July 2015
  • SAT 4 Fourth of July Service, with singing and cannon
  • SUN 19 Lemonade on the Lawn: 9 am – 10 am
  • SUN 26
Fellowship Outing
August 2015
  • SUN 16 Annual Meeting
  • SUN 23 Lemonade on the Lawn: 9 am – 10 am
September  2015
  • SUN 6 Last Outdoor Chapel Service: 8:00 am
  • SUN 20 Coffee at the Rectory 9:30 am


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