Donald Muller Returns to Southern Ocean County
Priest Who Once Served in Beach Haven Helping Out in TuckertonBy Rick Mellerup | Jul 10, 2019
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Tuckerton, NJ — Just when the Rev. Canon Donald Muller thought he was out, they pulled him back in. The Episcopal priest and his wife, Lynn, had retired to Barnegat Township in July 2018. But that same month the Rev. Martha McKee, the vicar of Tuckerton’s Church of the Holy Spirit, retired and returned to her home state of Texas.
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Muller was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island and then Washingtonville, Orange County, N.Y., where he graduated from high school. He attended Manhattan College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in government. But by his senior year he felt called to the ministry.
The problem was the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York at that time wanted potential seminarians to work for two years before entering seminary. So he commuted to the city for two years resolving “third party liability claims for Empire Mutual.”
During that time, Muller stayed involved with the church.
“I did a lot of youth work; I even helped out with a Roman Catholic youth group,” he said.
Still, after two years Muller was definitely ready for seminary. His choice of seminaries, though, was, at first glance, rather strange. Instead of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City, he attended the Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Nashotah, Wisc. Why?
“It’s the high church seminary,” explained Muller, who said his archdeacon in his home church had been “kind of my mentor” and had attended Nashotah House.
Indeed it is a high church seminary, in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, quite conservative in its theology and especially in its ritual. A true high church Episcopal church would be, to the casual observer, very hard to differentiate from a Roman Catholic or British Anglican church.
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Muller, Donald [MC????]
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I believe that Rev Donald is a member of the Class of 1975.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Muller, Donald [MC1975]
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