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The following op-ed issued by the Episcopal bishops in the Commonwealth was published on July 21, 2021, on MassLive (view here), the digital news platform of The Springfield Republican. As the epidemic of gun violence continues to devastate communities, the Biden administration's prevention…
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Courtesy Photo Seven transitional deacons were ordained by Bishop Gayle E. Harris on Saturday, June 5 at Emmanuel Church in Boston. They are (from left): The Rev. Kevin Gordon Neil (sponsored by St. Stephen’s Memorial Church in Lynn); The Rev. Marcia Chanta Bhan (Christ Church…
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All are invited to gather online with Bishop Gayle E. Harris for a virtual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19 at 4:30 p.m., commemorating the date in 1865 when word of slavery’s end in the U.S. finally reached Galveston, Tex. The Juneteenth event will also mark the Feast of Bernard Mizeki,…
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Update June 17, 2021:  The UTO has decided to postpone this conference to 2022.  After a pandemic year that took so much away from so many people, many are feeling that there’s no better time than the present to celebrate and be grateful for blessings. An occasion for focusing on the theology of…
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After more than a year of pandemic-necessitated closure, the diocese’s Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, N.H., is reopening for family camp weekends this summer, with new interim directors at the helm. The Rev. Deacon Helen and Rick Hargreaves arrived at the end of May to…
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The following pastoral letter with updated COVID-19 guidelines was sent to congregational and diocesan leadership on May 20, 2021.

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The Diocese of Massachusetts has been ordaining deacons for 20 years, and although there are currently about 40 actively serving in congregations and ministries, the order of deacons and their role is still not widely understood.  So this year, the bishops have set aside June 13 as Diaconate Sunday and an opportunity to introduce more people to the life and work of deacons.  Congregations have been invited to request a deacon to be with them and preach during services on June 13, when the church calendar celebrates St. Efrem of Syria, a deacon venerated in both Eastern and Western church traditions.

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The Diocesan Youth Council offers young people in the Diocese of Massachusetts a chance to grow as Christian leaders by organizing retreats, planning service projects and serving in positions of leadership in the diocese. Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 Diocesan Youth Council (DYC),…
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In April, the Cathedral Church of St. Paul’s MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always) ministry of and with the homeless community in downtown Boston was awarded a United Thank Offering Grant of $14,049 for a Hispanic/Latinx pastoral intern to join its team. …
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The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice: