Meet Our Priest in Charge


The Rev. Anne Bolles-Beaven

The Rev. Anne Bolles-Beaven was called to serve as St. Columba’s priest in charge in 2020.

It was more than another ministry for Anne: It was also a coming home. Her parents, Hébert and Elizabeth Bolles, were married at Trinity Church in Newport, and when her father, a Navy chaplain, received orders that brought them back to Aquidneck Island, the family settled in Portsmouth, in 1972. Anne was 13, and already imbued with a faith and an ethos that would eventually take her to New York’s General Theological Seminary, via Barnard College.

“We were not only priest kids, we were military kids, a chaplain’s kids,” as Anne told the congregation at her father’s 2013 funeral, which was also at Trinity. “We were raised on Mission. Life was about love and service, glorious and costing. We grew up on stories that bore that out, sea stories, biblical stories, Dad stories.”

She became the first woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest in Brooklyn, in 1990, at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. Her powerful preaching soon made her a spiritual voice worth seeking out, as The New York Post noted in its 1993 list of “pulpit stars of tomorrow.” Over the next two decades, she would serve a variety of diverse parishes and missions in the diocese of Newark, learning to meet the challenges of her calling with humility and joy.

Anne and her husband, Paul Bolles-Beaven, a talented musician and former restaurateur who is now a coach and business consultant, have two grown children, Emma and William. Motherhood and ministry are similar callings, she notes: “In both, I have been given precious souls to nurture. In both I’ve sown seeds of the Gospel of love, honesty, forgiveness, and transformation, and then tended those seeds. In both, I have worked to create a sense of home.”

Ultimately, Anne says, “Home is what happens when we commit ourselves to the people around us. If we want to build generous, sharing communities, we need to practice an attitude of gratitude. Notice what people do and thank them. Notice what God does and thank God. We need to live from a place of abundance, not scarcity. With God, there is always more!”

Recent Sermons

Pentecost III/Proper 7A Sermon: “Disturbing the Peace ” June 21, 2020
Pentecost III/Proper 7A Gospel and Hymn: #564 “He who would valiant be”: Click here
Pentecost III/Proper 7A Sunday Year Readings (We are using Track 1): Click here
Pentecost II/Proper 6A Sermon: “12 + Us,” June 14, 2020
Pentecost II/Proper 6A Gospel and Hymn: #645 ”The king of love my shepherd is”: Click here
Pentecost II/Proper 6A Sunday Year Readings: Click here
Trinity Sunday A Sermon: “Resurrecting God’s Dream” June 7, 2020
Trinity Sunday Gospel and Hymn: #362 “Holy, Holy, Holy”: Click here
Trinity Sunday Year A Readings: Click here
Pentecost A Sermon: “Catch My Breath” May 31, 2020
Pentecost Gospel and Hymn #513 “Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song”: Click here
Pentecost Year A Readings: Click here
Sermon by the Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisley, Bishop May 24, 2020
Easter 6A Sermon: “All you need is love” May 17, 2020
Easter 6A Gospel and Hymn #657 “Love divine all loves excelling”: Click here
Easter 6A Readings: Click here
Easter 5A Sermon: “Like a Mom” May 10, 2020
Easter 5A Gospel and Hymn #487 “Come my way, my truth, my life”: Click here
Easter 5A Readings: Click here
Easter 4A Sermon: “The shepherd's voice” May 3, 2020
Easter 4A Gospel and Hymn #645 “The King of Love my Shepherd is”: Click here
Easter 4A Readings: Click here
Easter 3A Sermon: “Recognizing Jesus” April 26, 2020
Easter 3A Gospel and Hymn #180 “He is risen! He is risen!”
(with video & photos of the Chapel and grounds): Click here
Easter 3A Readings: Click here
Easter 2A Sermon: Beyond the Doubt, April 19, 2020
Easter 2A Gospel with Hymns: “That Easter day with joy was bright” and
“We walk by faith and not by sight”. Click here.
Easter Sermon: The Risk of Faith April 12, 2020
Easter Gospel with Hymns: "Welcome, happy morning" and
"Come ye faithful raise the strain". Click here.
Click here for Easter Readings.
Good Friday April 10, 2020
Maundy Thursday April 9, 2020
The Liturgy of the Palms April 5, 2020
Dramatic reading of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew April 5, 2020
Sermon: “A Greater Prize” Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday April 5, 2020
Looking for Faith, Lent 5A March 29, 2020
Before and After, Lent 4A March 22, 2020
Blowing in the Wind, Lent 2A March 8, 2020
Temptation, Lent 1A, March 1, 2020
Fasting and Feasting this Lent (PDF) February 26, 2020
Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020
#mountaintopexperience, Last Epiphany A, February 23, 2020
“Cut it out!” Epiphany 6A February 16, 2020
“Salt and Light” Epiphany 5A February 9, 2020
“Can you imagine” Feast of the Presentation February 2, 2020