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“Steve and I were best of friends in Wareham. His friendship gave my life direction and focus at the most crucial time. He started me on a course for...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Rev. Don Bliss - East Freetown, MA

“Sending love and sympathy to his wife and children. Fr. Steve was so important to me in my Spiritual journey. A man filled with Spirit and...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Jacqueline Robe - Murrells Inlet, SC

“Keeping you all of in my thoughts and prayers ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Rosanne Leverone - West Wareham, MA

“My heart goes out to Father Steve's family.he was a truly good man, and will be missed. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Judith Sallows - Seminole, FL

“My best friend. We were together at Leeds elementary, Hawley Jr High, And Northampton High. We had a tight circle of friends-football games,...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Mark Pontbriand - Newington, CT

“Denise, Michael, Lizzy, and Ali,My heart goes out to you all. I am so saddened to hear of Steve's passing. I have wonderful memories of him. I...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Roxanne Reynolds - East Falmouth, MA

“So sorry to hear of Steve's passing but know it has been a long tough journey for him. Condolences & prayers to all his family. God Bless Joan & Jazz ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Joan Millet - Carver, MA - Friend

The Reverend Stephen Ankudowich
Steve was born on September 30, 1948 in Northampton, Massachusetts, to Kostanty and Mary Ankudowich. He grew up in Leeds, Massachusetts, and graduated from Northampton High School in 1966. He attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, majoring in history, and had the opportunity to spend his junior year in Paris with the Smith College Junior Year Abroad Program. It was during this year that he met his future wife, Denise Clay, who was a Smith College French major studying in Paris with the same program.
After graduation in 1970, Steve entered the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A lifelong Episcopalian, he initially hoped to become a church historian, but soon found he was called to the priesthood. He and Denise married during his second year in seminary, on February 12, 1972. During his time at ETS, he spent an intern year at Grace Church, in Salem, Massachusetts, honing his preaching and pastoral skills, and upon graduation in 1974, he began working as a deacon at St. Michael's on-the-Heights in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was in Worcester that he was ordained priest in December of 1974. After St. Michael's, he moved to the Diocese of Connecticut to gain experience in youth work as an assistant at St. Mark's, New Canaan.
In January of 1978, Steve and Denise moved to Wareham, Massachusetts, where Steve would serve as rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd for 12 years. During that time, Michael, Lizzy and Ali were born. Soon after Ali's birth, Steve was called to become the rector at St. Andrew's Church in Tampa, an exciting opportunity for him, as he was eager to work in an urban parish. He was at St. Andrew's for 14 years before leaving to take a short sabbatical and move on to St. Anne of Grace in Seminole to continue his ministry during the last 12 years of his career. During the course of his long ministry, "Father Steve" touched the lives of many people, Episcopalian and non-Episcopalian alike. He was able to explain the Faith to children as well as discuss abstract theological concepts. He truly listened to people and responded to their deepest fears and hopes.
Steve was a man of varied tastes. He was an ardent sports fan; he also loved opera. Many a Saturday afternoon would find him in front of the television watching football or baseball with the sound muted while listening to the live performance of the Metropolitan Opera. A confirmed Francophile, Steve loved good food and wine. He loved traveling, reading and fly fishing. He prayed and meditated continually, falling sleep with his rosary beads in his hand every night. He was a man who "lived life abundantly," immersed in matters of the Spirit, but deeply appreciative of the beauty and joy of the world that surrounded him.
Steve passed away on November 28, 2016 from complications associated with the throat cancer he had battled for 3 years. He will be sorely missed by family, friends and parishioners.