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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Mary J. Matz

Sister Mary J. Matz died at Bethlehem, Pa., July 31, 2013, at the age of 81 years. Born August 10, 1931 in Havertown, Pa., she was the daughter of Charles and Olive (Wise) Dill. Sister Matz graduated from Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania.

She was united in marriage to William W. Matz January 8, 1955. Together they served pastorates in New York (Hilltop in New Hartford), New Jersey (Palmyra), Ohio (Sharon), and Pennsylvania (Lititz and Edgeboro).

In May 1975 she graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University School of Religion in May 1982. She was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry February 16, 1975, the first woman ordained within the Moravian Church in America, and consecrated a Presbyter August 3, 1980.

Sr. Matz served several congregations in Pennsylvania (Central, Lancaster, and East Hills) as well as having served as Director of Educational Ministries (East) for the Moravian Church Northern Province.

Her husband, William; sons, William, Jr. and Randall; and four grandchildren survive Sister Matz.

A memorial service was held August 17, 2013 at East Hills Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with the Rt. Rev. M. Blair Couch and the Rev. Derek French officiating.


From the September 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Monday, October 23 — Psalm 119:57–64
Ezekiel 27:12–28:10; James 5:13–20

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3

Paul wrote: God is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

Creative God, may we never abandon the process you have started in us but allow you to complete the work until the day of Jesus Christ. In your name we pray. Amen.

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