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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


Saturday, April 21 — Psalm 52
Leviticus 15:1–24; Mark 5:21–43

The snares of death encompassed me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’ Psalm 116:3,4

The disciples awoke Jesus and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:38–39 (NKJV)

Christ Jesus, how prone we are to worry. How we forget your words, “Fear not.” When our faith is diminished by fear, gently remind us to take refuge in you. “Saranam, Saranam, Saranam.” Amen.

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