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The following diocesan and cathedral event(s) have been postponed or canceled because of the forecasted snowstorm: •  The service of ordination to the priesthood of the Rev. Jennifer McCracken has been postponed to Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m., at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont…
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Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris issued on Jan. 17, 2019, the following pastoral letter to the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, regarding the General Convention's three-year suspension of the statute of limitations on initiating clergy disciplinary cases…
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Tracy J. Sukraw The Rev. Noble Scheepers, the rector of Trinity Church in Marshfield and a member of the Massachusetts Indaba working group, teaches the Indaba teams a new song at their Jan. 12 launch event. Six congregations are…
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In April 2016, a 20-year-old parishioner of Trinity Church in Bridgewater, Emmett Scannell, died due to a heroin overdose. Such tragedies have become a national epidemic and are becoming more and more common here in Massachusetts.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Massachusetts is…
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The diocese's Congregational Consultants are this year marking 15 years of service to congregations, during which they've offered countless hours of guidance on everything from annual budgeting and audits, property matters and financial planning, to leading vestry retreats, conflict mediation and…
In the News
Since 2006 a back garden at Old North Church in Boston has housed a memorial to the fallen of the Iraq and Afghan wars, making it the oldest such memorial in the country.  The memorial is included in this January 2019 feature in Smithsonian Magazine.
In the News
For worshipers at San Lucas Episcopal Church, the last two years have been just as painful as they feared. All of it falls heavily upon the shoulders of the men and women who gathered in a living room on Cherry Street on a recent rainy evening. It was the first night of Las Posadas (The Inns)—nine…
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Courtesy Photo Chelsea Smith Chelsea Smith has been hired as assistant for governance and administration and will begin in her new position on the diocesan staff on Jan. 7.     She succeeds Laura Simons, who has just begun as…
In the News
St. Stephen's Youth Programs (SSYP) and the Blackstone Elementary School kicked off their ninth year of a formal partnership and readers of all ages celebrated their love of books. One of the signature projects of SSYP is the school library, which [the school] was without for almost a decade before…
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