The Rev. Canon Allison Reid Named Rector of St. Anna’s

The vestry of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, New Orleans is overjoyed to announce that The Rev. Canon Allison Reid has been named our parish’s next rector. Canon Reid will begin her duties at St. Anna’s in early June.

Canon Reid has served for the last three years as priest-in-charge of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Harvey, Louisiana and as Canon for Congregational Development of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the University of the South (Sewanee) in 2021. Her candidacy for seminary was sponsored by St. Anna’s under the rectorship of The Very Rev. William Terry, who retired in July 2023.

Prior to discerning a call to ordained ministry, Canon Reid had a distinguished 20+ year career in museum management. From 2012 to 2018, she served as Deputy Director for Interpretation and Audience Engagement at the New Orleans Museum of Art, where she led a professional staff of six and 72 volunteer docents. During her tenure, student attendance more than doubled and the number of programs offered more than trebled.

Canon Reid earlier in her career served as Vice President for Collections and Programs at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee; Assistant Director for Education of NOMA; and Curator of Education for the Museum of Mobile (Alabama). During her career in the museum field, Canon Reid administered departmental and project budgets up to $2 million. Canon Allison received an M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University in 1997 and a B.A. in Arts History from the University of Alabama in 1994. She grew up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

The election of Canon Reid was preceded by an approximately 18-month process beginning with the vestry’s election of a nine-member search committee that reflected the many facets of diversity within St. Anna’s congregation. With the invaluable support of The Rev. Morgan MacIntire, Canon to the Ordinary to The Rt. Rev. Shannon Duckworth, Bishop of Louisiana, the search committee drafted a parish profile reflecting input received from three sources: a comprehensive written survey of parishioners; in-person “focus groups;” and interviews with non-parish stakeholders of St. Anna’s. Following a two-month international posting of the vacancy, the search committee conducted several rounds of interviews of multiple highly qualified candidates and then made a recommendation to the vestry.

We extend a special thanks to The Rev. Dr. Donald Owens, who has served as Interim Rector of St. Anna’s since August 2023, and his wife Barbara Owens. The parish owes a debt of gratitude to Fr. Don for his steadfast service and guidance as we adjusted to the retirement of our beloved longtime former rector, Fr. Terry. We deeply appreciate how he and Barbara made a home here at St. Anna’s and supported our many activities within and outside the parish walls.

As we celebrate this milestone in our parish history, we recommit ourselves to welcoming all God’s children – all! – and to continuing and expanding our vital mission work. Thanks be to God!