Search process underway for new regional canons

The search process is now formally underway for three regional canons to serve in the Diocese of Massachusetts.  The job description for the three regional canons is being distributed churchwide .

Each of the regional canons will serve a geographic area of the diocese encompassing four deaneries and will have three primary responsibilities:  lay leadership support and development in congregations; transition ministry with congregations and clergy; and clergy wellness and clergy family support.  The three regional canons will live and work within their respective geographical regions and serve as members of the bishop's senior leadership team.

The deadline for making application for one or more of the regional canon positions is Tuesday, April 10.  Bishop Alan M. Gates, working with a search advisory team, hopes to announce the new canons in late spring.  He envisions that they will begin their work in the diocese by mid to late summer.

Bishop Gates is grateful for the feedback he received at the three listening sessions that preceded his formal opening of the search.  About 200 people attended those sessions, held in January at Christ Church in Andover, Christ Church in Plymouth and St. Mary’s Church in Newton Lower Falls.