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  The Rev.  Margaret B. Gunness

The Rev. Margaret B. Gunness
Retired, Episcopal Priest
Belmont, MA

Peggy Gunness served as vicar of Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee, from May 1999 to May 2001, after eight years as Rector of Christ Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Prior to her ministry at Christ Church, Peggy was a clergy member at Trinity Church in Boston and vicar and interim rector at Christ Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also spent a year helping a small, yet growing inner-city parish in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Peggy was ordained in 1981 after study at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. Before entering seminary, she was a teacher and tutor of French and worked in school admissions.

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