This section of the web site provides information and resources for parish & clergy, connecting you and the Diocese.
The chaplains to the retired clergy of the diocese provide an ongoing ministry of support and connection, in conjunction with Bishop Suffragan Gayle E. Harris. The chaplains to the retired clergy are priests of the diocese and host spring and fall gatherings of retirees, spouses and surviving spouses; publish summer and winter editions of a newsletter, "Now What?"; and aid in communication about life issues among the community of the retired--canonically and physically resident--in the diocese.
May 12, 2010
The Clergy Continuing Education Fund provides grants to active canonically resident priests and deacons in good standing to assist them in meeting the costs of continuing education that is supportive of their skills for ministries with the congregations, diocesan-affiliated institutions and mission work of the Diocese of Massachusetts.
February 8, 2012
The diocesan Transition Ministry Office (formerly known as Clergy Deployment) coordinates the clergy transition process for congregations within the diocese, keeping in close contact with congreational leadership teams and final candidates for positions, and deploying human, financial and programmatic resources as needed. It oversees the administrative process for clergy entering or leaving work in the diocese, including oversight of the background check and clergy licensing processes, the production and retention of Covenant of Ministry documents, also known as Letters of Agreement, and the exit interview process for departing and retiring clergy.
November 8, 2007
Jesus took himself apart often in his ministry, to pray, to be with God, to be renewed. The Clergy Sabbatical Program sponsored by the bishops seeks to ensure that clergy in the Diocese of Massachusetts have an opportunity for a time of sabbath, for a renewal of spirit and a reaffirmation of life with God. A sabbatical can offer opportunities for creativity and discovery for both the clergyperson and the congregation.
November 20, 2007
The Clergy Spouse and Partner Group is a forum for people from this peer group to discuss issues in their relationships, both inside and outside the church. The group meets monthly at the Bethany House of Prayer/Bethany Convent of the Order of St. Anne in Arlington.
March 13, 2008
The Congregational Consultants are a group of knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated lay and ordained individuals from congregations throughout the diocese who serve other congregations.
The Congregational Consultants assist congregations in a variety of ways, including as facilitators at vestry retreats, in mutual ministry reviews, strategic planning and conflict management or as consultants on business, property and compliance issues.
October 26, 2010
The deacon’s service is a sign or sacrament of Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve. The diaconate is one of three distinct orders of ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church—there are deacons, priests and bishops—and an individual becomes a deacon by being ordained by a bishop after completing a course of study and formation.
May 9, 2012
The Office for Ordained Vocations works closely with the bishops and the Commission on Ministry in the recruitment, discernment and formation of postulants and candidates for ordained leadership as deacons and priests in the Episcopal Church. For information contact the Rev. Canon Edie Dolnikowski, Canon for Ordained Vocations, at edie [at] diomass [dot] org.
August 8, 2008
The Resource Center provides tools and materials to help parishes live out their ministries. Please call Amy Cook to arrange consultations.
At the Resource Center you will find Sunday school curriculum samples from most major publishers, Christian education periodicals to peruse, DVDs and video curricula and programs to check out and use in parishes and retail materials specifically designed for church leaders.
October 23, 2007