Trinity Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Castine, Maine

Clergy and Staff

The parish has a somewhat unusual structure, known as the “Castine Model.” The priest in charge is our lead pastor (1/3 time) and is responsible for coordinating a rota of other clergy who are members of the congregation.  They lead worship, preach, engage in pastoral work, and enrich congregational life.  The model is always evolving as clergy come and go, but it is one to which the parish is committed.


The Rt. Rev. Thomas James Brown was ordained and consecrated the tenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine on June 22, 2019

The Priest in Charge: The Rev. Donna Downs

My roots are in Connecticut where I was born, raised and married.  I graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1987.  After moving around the country for 18 years, we returned to CT in 1998.   I was ordained a deacon in June 2003 and a priest in 2004 at St. Peter’s – Trinity Church in Thomaston, CT.  I became the associate rector at St Paul’s in Norwalk, CT for 5 years.  I then served as the rector of St. Paul’s in Woodbury and following at All Saints’ in Oakville, CT.   We briefly lived in Cambridge, England from 2017-2018.

I am pleased to have been called to Trinity Church in Castine in the Fall of 2019 to serve as the priest-in-charge.





Priest Associates include:


Doctor Edward R. Dufresnedufresne

The Rev. Edward Dufresne is a licensed priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine and an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

He is a writer, teacher, pastoral consultant, and chaplain.  He serves regularly as a chaplain on international cruise ships.

He is married to retired Probate and Family Court Judge Elizabeth LaStaiti.  Together they enjoy traveling, hiking, and sailing.

Cell: (508) 496-691






Ms. Joan Kroehler serves as Organist and Parish Musician of Trinity Church.

Cell (207) 478-6872

Trinity Episcopal Church - Castine, Maine | A member of The Episcopal Diocese of Maine, The Episcopal Church, and the Worldwide Anglican Communion