The diocesan Transition Ministry coordinates the clergy transition process for congregations within the diocese, keeping in close contact with congregational 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.
The Transition Ministry also interfaces with the Episcopal Church and with transition ministers from Province I (the seven dioceses of New England) and around the country and beyond, providing advocacy for clergy and congregations in search and communication with other dioceses seeking clergy. It coordinates with the Office for Ordained Vocations in order to assist candidates for ordination as they seek positions upon their ordinations.
Meet our regional canons
The three regional canons of the Diocese of Massachusetts are responsible for carrying out transition ministry functions, as well as lay leadership support and development in congregations and clergy wellness and clergy family support.
The Rev. Canon Martha L. Hubbard (email@example.com) serves as regional canon for the Northern and Western Region, comprising the diocese's Merrimack Valley, North Shore, Mystic Valley and Concord River deaneries.
The Rev. Canon Kelly A. O'Connell (firstname.lastname@example.org) serves as regional canon for the Southern Region, comprising the diocese's South Shore, Taunton River, Mt. Hope-Buzzards Bay, and Cape and Island deaneries.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Carol J. Gallagher (email@example.com) serves as regional canon for the Central Region, comprising the diocese's Boston Harbor, Alewife, Charles River and Neponset River deaneries.
For more information, contact the regional canons via individual e-mail links above or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find your deanery and region
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Transition in the Diocese of Massachusetts during COVID-19
We hope for the day when we will be able to regather in person as whole communities, and search and priest-in-charge processes will again include in-person interviews. Yet we now recognize that could be a way off. In the meantime, churches in transition still need to call clergy to fill their vacancies. Therefore, we are lifting the blanket hiring prohibition and offer the following to search committees and vestries:
- Interviews, both initial and final, are to be done virtually.
- A candidate can come and tour the property, with one tour guide and proper safety protocols and restrictions.
- Virtual visits replace in-person visits to see candidates lead worship and preach.
- Conversations with leaders in the candidate’s present church are also done virtually.
- No parish has to finalize the call virtually if they feel it would be better to wait until in-person interviews are possible.
- Stay in close contact with your regional canon and search consultant throughout this process.
Congregations in search are encouraged to have a conversation with their regional canon about their particular situation before taking steps forward, as the regional canons are here to help in these complicated times (contact details above).