The Rev. Susan J. McCone received her M. Div degree from Yale Divinity School in 1999 where her studies were concentrated in theology and ethics, with a special focus on church-state relations. She received an Anglican Certificate from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in 2000. While at Yale, Mother McCone served as the first intern assistant to the Chaplain of the U. S. House of Representatives where she researched and wrote the first history of the Congressional Chaplaincy, established in 1789.
Mother McCone was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Connecticut in 2003 by the Rt. Rev. Andrew D. Smith. Mother McCone has been affiliated with St. John's as an Assisting Priest since the spring of 2003. Mother McCone has previously served as Curate, Christ Church, New Haven, Conn. (2000-2003); Episcopal Chaplain to Vassar College (2003-2005) an appointment of the Bishop of New York; Priest-in-Charge of St. John's, Bristol, Connecticut, where she served until January 2007, and, later at Christ Church, Watertown, both as appointments of Bishop Smith.
From 2007-2011, Mother McCone also served as Director of Mission Funding for the National Episcopal Church. From 2002-2012, she served as a member of Committee II of the Diocese of Connecticut, which oversees the ordination process from Candidacy to Priesthood, and from 2000-2010 as Executive Director of Affirming Anglican Catholicism, established by the Archbishop of Canterbury and The Rt. Rev. Frank Griswold, formerly Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Currently, Mother McCone represents the Litchfield Deanery as a member of the Bishop's and Diocesan Executive Commitee.
A 1971 magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, Susan majored in Government and wrote her honors thesis on the "Religious Roots of James Madison's Political Thought." She earned a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1974, and practiced law at Sullivan and Cromwell as a securities litigator until she left in 1980 to form her own business, Jonal and Co., a fashion design and retail business in New York City. She closed the business in 1994 to attend seminary and seek holy orders.
Mother McCone and her husband, Robert P. Wessely, an international mergers and acquisitions lawyer have had a home in Litchfield County for over 25 years and currently live in Washington with their cats, Max and Madison.