The Rev. John Moore McGann was born at Bellefonte, Penn., the son of the Rev. Byron McGann and Mary Elizabeth McGann. He was graduated from Trinity College with the degree of A. B. in 1894, and from the Episcopal Theological School with the degree of B. D. in 1897. He was made deacon by Bishop Whitaker in 1897, and ordained priest by Bishop Potter the following year. His first parish was the Church of the Holy Spirit at Boston. Then from 1905-1908 he served as rector of St. Paul's Church at Erie, Penn. From there he went to St. Paul's Church, Columbus, Ohio, and then became rector of Trinity Church, Chicago (1911-1915), from which parish he came to Springfield.
         Mr. F. Vernon Losee has recently come to Christ Church (1927) as Assistant Minister. His immediate predecessors were the Rev. Edmund R. Laine, who became Dean of St. Luke Cathedral, Portland, Maine, the Rev. William E. Soule who served for about two years, and the Rev. Benjamin L. Ramsey, who as Associate Minister won the love and respect of all the Parish, and whose resignation to accept a call to St. Peter's Church, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey was accepted with sincere regret. After a service of five and one half years he carried to his new field, "the unqualified appreciation of Christ Church and the grateful affection of his Rector."
         During Mr. McGann's rectorship Mrs. Annie H. Brown resigned the office of director of religious education to become assistant to the Educational Secretary of the Diocese of Massachusetts. During this period she also served as Director of Religious Education in the Church of Our Savior at Longwood.


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