Maggie Riley

July 19, 2023

            The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan H. Folts, XI Bishop of South Dakota, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Margaret “Maggie” Riley as the new Canon for Finance and Property.

            “We are excited to share that Maggie has agreed to become the Canon for Finance and Property. Maggie possesses impressive skills and is enthusiastic about learning more about our Diocese and supporting our goal of 'Being the Church that Many People Don't Expect Us to Be,'” Bishop Jonathan said. “I am positive that Maggie will be a valuable member of our Diocesan staff and an asset to our entire Diocese.”

           Canon Riley, who lives in Spearfish and will be working both remotely and in the Pierre office, said, “As someone who believes deeply in the importance of the Diocese of South Dakota’s mission to participate in the reconciliation and restoration of this broken world, I look forward to meeting and creating relationships with all the people of the Diocese, and learning how I can be useful to our greater mission so we can all move forward together.”

            She has more than 20 years of experience working in management for non-profits, including serving as the Program Director of Trinity Center, in Salter Path, N.C., an Episcopal summer camp and year-round environmental program on the Outer Banks. Her work there included creating and supervising the budget for three of the programs, and serving as a successful grant writer for the environmental programs.

            In addition to her management experience, Canon Riley is an experienced teacher, working in both the environmental program and in Peace Corps; and created a smooth-running system for the Kaplan Medical organization. The latter job including coordinating staff, and managing the creation of educational content.

          Canon Riley holds a BA in English (Literature) with a concentration in Journalism from the University of Florida. She served for two years as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Thailand, teaching English to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. She is married to The Rev. Clay Riley, Rector of All Angels Episcopal Church in Spearfish; together, they have two children.