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The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice: Jan. 17, 2019 Dear Friends and Colleagues, We are saddened to inform you of the death of the Rev. Gregory M. Howe in Provincetown, Mass., on Jan. 12, 2019. Greg retired to Massachusetts after decades of service in Delaware, and was…
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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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Six congregations are answering the diocesan mission strategy's call for "embracing brave change" by stepping forward to launch the "Massachusetts Indaba 2019" initiative this month.

Teams of four people from each of the congregations gathered at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston on Saturday, Jan. 12 to sing and pray together, get some orientation and begin planning their Indaba experience.

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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…
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The Office of the Bishop has issued the following notice: Jan. 14, 2019 Dear Friends and Colleagues, We are saddened to inform you of the death of the Rev. James McAlpine in York, Maine, on Jan. 6, 2019.  Jim was the rector at Grace Church in Newton, Mass., from 1984 until his retirement in…
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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.
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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…
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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…