Author Archives: The Rev. Andrew Foster

About The Rev. Andrew Foster

Born on Long Island in 1944, the eleventh Rector of the historic Church of the Ascension on Fifth Avenue in New York comes full circle to the metropolitan area. Raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., the Rev. Andrew Foster earned a B.S., magna cum laude, from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. He was graduated from the General Theological Seminary in Chelsea Square in 1970. After his ordination as a Deacon and to the Priesthood in his home Diocese of Washington, Foster was called to be the Episcopal Chaplain at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he served for fourteen years with the Episcopal Student Foundation, better known as Canterbury House. Then he moved to a very different kind of campus ministry as the Chaplain of Kenyon College, a small liberal arts college associated with the Episcopal Church. Making the shift to parish ministry, he accepted the position as Rector of St. Paul's Church in Nantucket, Massachusetts, in the fall of 1993 and spent five years in that challenging and fascinating resort community. Fr. Andrew, as he prefers to be addressed, brings a familiarity with the academic community and a lifelong love of music to the vibrant community of Ascension, set in one of the most exciting neighborhoods in New York. His well-trained baritone voice moves seamlessly from a cappella singing of the liturgy to anthems with Ascension’s renowned choir. Fr. Andrew's flair for inspiring, masterful sermons is known as well. His other interests include needlework, theater, and the crafting of traditional religious icons.

Historic Centenary Event April 14, 2012

One hundred years ago this Saturday, on April 14, 1912, the son of the founder of the world-wide Baha’i faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, spoke publicly for the first time in the United States. At the invitation of the Rector of the Church of the Ascension, The Rev. Dr. Percy Stickney Grant, this historic talk marked the spread …  [ More → ]

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Fr. Andrew announces his upcoming retirement from Ascension

After nearly 13 years as the Rector of the Church of the Ascension, the time has come for me to announce my retirement, which will occur in the late spring or early summer of this year. It has been a great honor, privilege and joy to serve in this wonderful parish family and we have …  [ More → ]

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On the Dedication of the Manton Memorial Organ

Among the ancient Greek philosophers, Plato, the devoted student of Socrates, held that there were three pre-eminent values that could lead human beings to an encounter with the Ultimate Reality. We believe that the God who is the object of worship in the Judaeo-Christian and Islamic traditions is that reality who is the sole fountainhead …  [ More → ]

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The Light of Lent

People often think about the season of Lent as a rather grim, dark time.  After all, it usually falls in the dull, cold, gray days of late winter and is noted as a time of abstinence and fasting – of “giving something up.”  But actually the name Lent comes from the same root word as …  [ More → ]

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The Year Past

A year ago we were at the beginning of what we called a “Year of Construction” and were settling into the Parish Hall as our temporary worship space. We learned that spending all those weeks shoulder-to-shoulder in folding chairs brought us closer together, not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Now that we …  [ More → ]

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