The death of a member of the Church should be reported as soon as possible and arrangements for the funeral should be made in consultation with a member of the clergy. We are here to help you in your time of need. Please phone the Church Office at 713.529.6196. (After hours, select option 7 for Clergy.)

St. Michael the Archangel Guild

The Funeral Guild officially formed a “named” guild in 2011, choosing St. Michael the Archangel as our name. St. Michael the Archangel is considered the patron saint of the dead. It is St. Michael—“who is like unto God”—Prince of the Church, bearer of the standard of Christ, and First Archangel, who receives the souls of the saints and leads them to Paradise.e are comprised of three Palmer Funeral Coordinators—Vickie Harshbarger and Ann Pittman - and Palmers who volunteer to serve as acolytes, chalice bearers, readers, greeters, and ushers at funerals and memorial services.

We are continually developing and shaping the Funeral Guild in such a way as to enable Palmer to maintain and enhance the beauty of the Anglican tradition in honoring and celebrating the lives of the deceased as we provide comfort, guidance, and strength to those who mourn.

As many of our volunteers have told us, serving at funerals provides a final way to honor our brothers and sisters in Christ. If you would like to serve on the Funeral Guild as acolyte, chalice bearer, reader, greeter, or usher, or if you have any other questions, please contact Ann Pittman.


The Chapel of the Resurrection and Columbarium at Palmer is a reverent and beautiful setting for the interment of cremated remains. Yet it is a place for people—not just for ashes. Designed as a contemporary interpretation of Italian Renaissance architecture, it complements the architecture of the church.

The Chapel was dedicated in 1987 to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the life of Ben Franklin III. The design of the chapel and the funds to build it were donated by friends of Mr. Franklin and by his widow, Susan Franklin McCullough. Today, the monies donated by those who reserve niches in the columbarium go to Palmer’s Endowment Fund.