The Rev. Maria J. Hoecker is Rector of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Boothbay Harbor. A native of Kansas, Rev. Hoecker received her MDiv from the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. While in seminary, she was director of Christian Education at the university parish church and guest editor for two issues of The Sewanee Theological Review. Upon graduation from seminary she served as Associate Rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Brevard NC and served on the diocesan council of Western North Carolina. Rev. Hoecker came to St. Columba’s in 2012.
In the summer of 2017, Rev. Hoecker will be embarking on a four-month sabbatical funded by the Lilly Foundation. The grant generously provides for clergy and parish renewal opportunities both at home and abroad. With the grant funding, St. Columba’s will be hosting a series of retreats, worship, and concerts in Boothbay Harbor with a Celtic Christian focus. Rev. Hoecker will be traveling to England with her teen children, Chloe and Max, to explore England’s cathedrals and historic sites. After Chloe and Max return to Maine, Rev. Hoecker will travel on to Salisbury, Lindisfarne, Durham, York, and Iona, Scotland for sabbatical studies in Celtic Christian Spirituality with noted Celtic theologian John Philip Newell. When she’s not traveling for her studies, Rev. Hoecker is currently serving as President of the Standing Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. She also serves on the steering committee for the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, Living Local: a ministry of the Diocese of Maine, a legislative advocate for the YAlliance of Maine, and a board member for the Boothbay Region YMCA.