The Rev. Margery Kennelly grew up in the rolling hills outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Her mother is an artist and gardener capable of making all flowering plants produce more than their fair share of blossoms. Her father practiced law and taught Margery how to waltz and shoot clay pigeons. Her older brother earned the title ‘Captain fun’ in his teens due to his ability to mobilize groups into action packed outdoor adventures. Margery attended Harvard College (B.A. magna cum laude, 1987) where she met her future husband, Richard Kennelly.
Richard and Margery married in 1988 and moved to Virginia where Richard studied law and Margery painted portraits professionally. They have two children, Julia who is twenty and studies acting at The Tisch School, and Henry who will be a Harvard freshman this fall.
It was during Richard’s clerkship with a federal judge in Wilmington, Delaware, when both children were under the age of three, that Margery got down on her knees on the linoleum kitchen floor and asked the question “Jesus if you are real, show me.” Her sense of God’s merciful reply drew Margery back into the life of the church.
When Margery returned to Massachusetts she put down her paintbrush and taught drama and music in schools and directed an acting summer camp. She joined the healing prayer team at her church, wrote and directed plays and mimes for liturgical use, led a short-term mission trip to Bolivia, worked in a family shelter, participated in Confirmation formation for youth, and oversaw the Lay Eucharistic Visitation in her parish. In 2006 she went to Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (M.DIV, cum laude, 2010) and then to Episcopal Divinity School (Certificate for Advanced Theological Study, 2011).
Since graduation she has served as intern at St. Paul’s, Lynnfield and Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan.