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The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:Dear Friends and Colleagues,We are saddened to inform you of the death of the Rev. Richard H. Downes on Dec. 23, 2016, in Bedford. Dick was ordained to the priesthood in 1968 and spent most of his ordained ministry in Episcopal schools. Prior…
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Bishop Alan M. Gates, with the approval of the Cathedral Chapter, has appointed the Rev. Nancy E. Gossling as the full-time acting dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, effective Feb. 26.  She will serve alongside the current clergy staff as a half-time associate for six weeks prior…
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The procession departed into the wintry night from St. Luke's-San Lucas Church and made its way uphill through snowy, slushy Chelsea streets, searching for shelter with the Holy Family leading the way--Joseph, Mary and the soon-to-be-born Christ child, carried on a handled platform decorated with…
Parish News
It has been one year since Episcopalians at St. John’s Church in Beverly Farms formed the Syrian Refugee Mission of the North Shore and began collecting warm clothing and supplies for Syrians living in refugee camps.Since then, the shipments collected at St. John’s have grown to include school and…
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The bishops of the Episcopal Church in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued a Dec. 12 letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump expressing their dismay at his choice of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.“The Episcopal Church stands strongly for the protection of the…
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The Spiritual Care Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is inviting knitters to share their gift and help bring comfort to dying patients and their families.  The Beth Israel comfort shawls initiative is part of the chaplains’ “comfort carts," where chaplains bring a cart of…
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The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice:Dear Friends and Colleagues,We are saddened to inform you of the death of the Rev. James L. “Dutch” Nelson in Hyannis on Nov. 28, 2016. Dutch served as rector of Church of the Holy Nativity, South Weymouth, was the founding rector of St…
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The diocesan community’s prayers and presence are requested for these upcoming services of ordination to the priesthood:• The Rev. Zachary Brooks on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m., at Trinity Church (359 West State Street) in Jacksonville, Ill.;• The Rev. Charles Wynder Jr., on Sunday, Dec. 11, 4 p.m.,…
Diocesan News
The Mission Strategy Implementation Organizing Team appointed by Diocesan Council and Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris has been announced:• George Chu, Church of the Good Shepherd, Dedham• The Rev. Gay Cox, Trinity Church, Haverhill • Katie Ernst, The Crossing, Cathedral Church of St…
In the News
By about 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Dennis Bates had already been in the kitchen at Christ Church Episcopal in Quincy for 6 1/2 hours.  Clad in an assortment of Patriots apparel, the 68-year-old calls the shots in the kitchen, dispatching his volunteer troops armed with ladles of turkey, squash…