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.
A reproducible bulletin insert to help congregational leadership share information about the Diocesan Annual Fund as a giving opportunity.
This guide provides guidance, instructions and checklists related to the process for obtaining diocesan approval from the bishop and Standing Committee for transactions involving church real estate, such as purchases and sales of rectories and consecrated grounds, significant leases and loans secured by a lien on church property.
This document provides more information about this program for parishes.
The diocese’s Congregational Business Consultants are a group of experienced, committed business people with years of expertise in church operations who volunteer to serve other congregations. Members have served as treasurers, wardens, auditors and vestry members. Their professions span accounting, law, financial services, architecture and ordained ministry.
The Chaplains to the Retired Clergy of the diocese are about "Caring for our Treasures," developing an ongoing, growing ministry not dependent on a few individuals, but part of the larger mission of the church. The Chaplains to the Retired Clergy, all priests of the diocese, 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.
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.
The diocesan Liturgy and Music Committee serves as a council of advice to the bishops in matters related to liturgy and music, including responding to requests for use of liturgical material outside The Book of Common Prayer; plans diocesan liturgies; sponsors occasional workshops to aid in awareness of newer liturgies, music and liturgical practices; and brings about such awareness in other ways.
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.