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The Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, Bishop Diocesan

Bishop Shaw was consecrated a bishop in September 1994 and became the 15th bishop of Massachusetts in January 1995. A life-professed member of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, a religious order of priests and lay brothers in the Episcopal Church, he is in demand nationwide as a preacher and retreat leader. His writings include the 2008 book, Conversations with Scripture and With Each Other, and he blogs at

Bishop Shaw serves on the Episcopal Church's Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop and serves on the Episcopal Church's Disciplinary Board for Bishops. He is a former chair of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on National and International Concerns and has served on the Advisory Council for the Anglican Observer to the United Nations.

A native of Battle Creek, Mich., he was ordained to the priesthood in 1971 and served parishes in Northamptonshire, England, and Milwaukee before entering the Society of St. John the Evangelist in 1975.

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The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan

Bishop Harris was consecrated in January 2003, and serves as a suffragan (assisting) bishop alongside the diocesan bishop, M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE.

She is the past vice chair of the Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees and has served on the Board of Directors of CREDO (a national resource program fostering Episcopal Church clergy leadership and wellness) and the Steering Committee of Bishops Working for a Just World.  She currently serves on the House of Bishops Pastoral Development Committee.  In the Diocese of Massachusetts she is vice president of Episcopal City Mission, and she is the president of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.

A native of Cleveland, she was ordained to the priesthood in 1982 in the Diocese of Newark. Prior to her consecration, she served most recently as rector of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Church in Rochester, N.Y., where she was also an adjunct professor at Colgate Rochester Divinity School.

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The Rt. Rev. Roy F. "Bud" Cederholm, Retired Bishop Suffragan


Bishop Cederholm retired in November 2011 after nearly 11 years of service as bishop suffragan in the Diocese of Massachusetts.  Since early 2012, he has served in a limited, assisting capacity on specifically assigned projects.

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