Meet the Rector

Holly Lyman Antolini has been Rector of St. James's Episcopal Church, Cambridge, MA since spring of 2008. Before arriving in Cambridge, she served at St. Paul's, Richmond in the Diocese of Virginia and as Dean of a Region in that diocese, and for 12 years in the Diocese of Maine, as Vicar of an island mission, Interim in a college-town congregation, Missioner to a tiny inner-city church plant, and finally Director of a contemplative environmental ministry with youth and young adults, "the small voice ministry at pin point farm," based on her family's farm in Cushing, Maine, on the tidal St. George River. Graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA, and active in the Lay Academy of the Diocese of California, she also served both the Dioceses of Maine and Virginia as Deputy and Alternate to General Convention and as a mentor of seminarians and deacons-in-formation, in anti-racism work, and as a pilgrim in search of environmental sustainability. She is a two-term veteran of Maine's Standing Committee. In her "sabbath time," she loves gardening, hiking, reading, praying, swimming, playing the piano, entertaining her two cats, Pauli & Prisca, and expanding her culinary horizons, cooking with her two "foodie" daughters, Tina, 27, who is a producer with a new National Public Radio documentary project called "State of the Re-Union," and Tessa, 25, with a BFA in acting from Boston University, studying competitive ballroom dance.