Schedule of Weekly Services
Traditional Liturgical Worship
Holy Eucharist: 11:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer: 6:30 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Something very special happens as we celebrate the Eucharist at St. Ann Chapel—and it is in large part because of the giftedness of Fr. Matthew Weber. With his reverence for the liturgy and a fine singing voice, he imparts beauty and holiness to the Mass. His life journey reveals how God has prepared him for this sacred vocation.
Matthew Lee Weber was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, one of four children. He attended various churches with his mother and had exposure to basic theology. It wasn’t until his college years that he addressed the incomplete picture he had of theology.
In college, he visited a Catholic church with friends and was hugely impressed with the reverence of the mass and with the music. He was eventually baptized and confirmed in the Catholic church. He also joined the parish choir and was occasionally a paid singer at a local Episcopal church.
After attending Wright State College with an academic focus on music history and literature, he went on to graduate school at the University of Michigan, where he studied musicology.
Following graduate school, he became disconnected from the church until he was in his thirties. It wasn’t until a he was asked to be a ringer at a Gregorian chant service at the seminary at St. Joseph Anglican Church in Berkeley, California, that he renewed his commitment to attend church.
In another development, a friend who was conducting the choir at St. Joseph Anglican Church left, creating an opportunity for Matthew. During this time, he confided to Bishop Robert S. Morse that thought he had found a vocation in the ministry. Bishop Morse encouraged him, and two years later he took the canonical exams. He was ordained in June 2007; since that time, he served as priest at St. Joseph Anglican Church for four years and has served at St. Ann Chapel since 2010.
Today Fr. Weber wears a number of hats. In addition to serving as minister at St. Ann Chapel, he works full-time in the music library at the University of California, Berkeley. He also teaches liturgics at the seminary at St. Joseph Anglican Church. In his leisure time, he collects recordings, studies, and reads.
The Diocesan Bishop Ordinary of the Western States is the Right Reverend Donald M. AshmanThe Right Reverend Donald M. Ashman was consecrated Bishop Ordinary for the Diocese of the Western States at Saint Peter’s Pro-Cathedral in Oakland, California, on April 23, 2016. Before this consecration, Bishop Ashman was the Diocesan Suffragan Bishop of the Western States. His first official visit as Bishop Ordinary was to the St. Ann Chapel in Palo Alto, California, on April 24, 2016. There he received and confirmed new members of the St. Ann parish.
The Right Reverend Robert B. Gooden welcomed Donald Ashman into the Episcopal Church in 1974 at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Glendale, California. Three years later, Ashman began his studies for the sacred ministry. He was ordained a deacon on Ember Wednesday in Advent 1980; he was ordained a priest on the Feast of the Most Precious Blood, July 1, 1983, by the then Right Reverend Robert S. Morse. The following year he became Rector of the Church of Our Saviour and the Holy Apostles in Los Angeles, California, and of the Parochial Mission—the Church of the Holy Apostles—in Glendale, California. In 1985, he began a continuing 30-year ministry at the Hollenbeck Home for the Aged in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California; in 1987, he founded the Church of Our Saviour in Santa Barbara, California. He has also served on the Board of Examining Chaplains and the Standing Committee.
Bishop Ashman was graduated from Glendale College, California State University at Long Beach, with a degree in history in 1970; he did graduate work in classics at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also earned his teaching credential. Since 1973, he has taught Latin, Greek, and history at Hoover High School in Glendale. He enjoys taking students to Europe and was active for many years in the Junior Classical League.