The Fernanda Guild

Fernanda Wanamaker

Fernanda Wanamaker

The Fernanda Guild is a group for the women of Saint Mark’s. Our gatherings are open to all who identify as women in our community (including girls!), and our purpose is to provide an opportunity for fellowship, service to women in the city of Philadelphia, and service to all the people of Saint Mark’s.

The Guild takes its name from Fernanda Wanamaker, the wife of Rodman Wanamaker, who was one of the greatest benefactors of Saint Mark’s. When Fernanda died unexpectedly in 1900, Rodman donated the Lady Chapel in her memory. Her name is a reminder to us of the meaning of generosity and stewardship in the service of God.

The Fernanda Guild meets every other month for a time of fellowship and service. For more information about upcoming events, contact Nancy Massey. We welcome all who identify as women. Join our email list.

Upcoming Gatherings

Just Mercy, Tuesday, February 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Mother Johnson will be leading us in a discussion of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, the focus of Saint Mark's One Book, One Lent. We will be having a simple super.

Please confirm attendance by emailing Nancy Massey.

What it Means to be a Woman, to be rescheduled
Julian of Norwich famously, or infamously, names God “The Mother.” The Fernanda Guild will gather to discuss The Showings of Julian of Norwich translated by Mirabai Starr; focusing on Julian’s references to God in the feminine.

Past Gatherings

The Well, Wednesday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Last year we made and delivered meals to The Well, a shelter for women experiencing homelessness, and we are doing it again this year. We will gather at the home of Nancy Massey to prepare dinner for 15 women and then deliver the meal that same evening.   Read Madeleine Harris' reflection on this event.