Diocesan Convention 2019

Diocesan Convention 2019 graphic

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019
Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston,
with service of Holy Eucharist at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston

Convention materials, including the Handbook and Proposed 2020 Budget, were e-mailed to delegates and clergy on Oct. 3 and are available in PDF format at the bottom of this page.


Online registration is now open. Use the links below to register.

Register in English

Register in Spanish

Registration fee is $25 for registrations made Sept. 27-Oct. 14; $35 for registrations made Oct. 15-27; and $40 for registrations made after Oct. 28.


Hotel reservations: Although this is a one-day convention, attendees may wish to stay in Boston overnight.  A limited block of rooms is available until Oct. 11 at the Courtyard by Marriott at 275 Tremont Street in Boston.  Make reservations directly with the hotel here, or call 800-321-2211 and mention that you are booking with the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts annual convention room block.  After Oct. 11, rooms will be available as space allows.

Clergy certification: All clergy desiring to vote at Diocesan Convention must be canonically resident two weeks prior to the convention. The deadline to become canonically resident is Oct. 18. Clergy in the process of becoming canonically resident should contact Laura Simons in the Office of the Bishop (lsimons@diomass.org) to complete this process.

Lay delegate changes

Delegate changes should be reported by mailing or e-mailing to the Office of Convention the substitute delegate form, available here (and attached below as a PDF).  Names of alternate delegates will be accepted in the Convention Office until Monday, Oct. 28.  After that date, the alternate must bring to the convention the substitute delegate form, or a letter signed by a warden or clerk of the vestry that states the alternate's name and address, the name of the delegate being replaced and whether this is a permanent replacement or for this convention only.  Without written documentation, the alternate delegate must wait for the convention's approval to be allowed seat, voice and vote.

Display tables

Contact Jennifer Garrett, Assistant for Congregations and Events, at jgarrett@diomass.org with questions about the set-up of display tables at the convention.

Pre-Diocesan Convention forums

Pre-convention forums in October offer an important opportunity for learning and discussion about the issues and business to come before the convention, including resolutions and the proposed budget.  All are welcome; voting members of the convention are especially encouraged to participate.  Forums are scheduled to take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on:

Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Christ Church (149 Court Street) in Plymouth;
(click here to participate via Zoom webinar on Oct. 8)
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Trinity Church (124 River Road) in Topsfield;
(click here to participate via Zoom webinar on Oct. 9)
Wednesday, Oct. 16 at St. Peter's Church (320 Boston Post Road) in Weston; and
(click here to participate via Zoom webinar on Oct. 16)
Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street) in Boston.
(click here to participate via Zoom webinar on Oct. 17)

For more information

Questions about Diocesan Convention may be directed to Chelsea Smith, Assistant for Governance and Administration, at csmith@diomass.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 406.