Clergy Transition Ministry

The diocesan Transition Ministry Office coordinates the clergy transition process for congregations within the diocese, keeping in close contact with congregational leadership teams and final candidates for positions, and deploying human, financial and programmatic resources as needed. It oversees the administrative process for clergy entering or leaving work in the diocese, including oversight of the background check and clergy licensing processes, the production and retention of Covenant of Ministry documents, also known as Letters of Agreement, and the exit interview process for departing and retiring clergy.

This office also interfaces with the Episcopal Church and with transition ministers from Province I (the seven dioceses of New England) and around the country and beyond such that the diocese provides proper advocacy for clergy and congregations in search and communication with other dioceses seeking clergy. It coordinates with the Office for Ordained Vocations in order to assist candidates for ordination as they seek positions upon their ordinations.

Regional canons Martha Hubbard, Kelly O'Connell and Carol Gallagher The Rev. Martha L. Hubbard, The Rev. Kelly A. O'Connell, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Carol J. Gallagher

Beginning in 2019, the three regional canons of the Diocese of Massachusetts are responsible for carrying out transition ministry functions:

The Rev. Martha L. Hubbard serves as regional canon for the Northern and Western Region, comprising the diocese's Merrimack Valley, North Shore, Mystic Valley and Concord River deaneries.

The Rev. Kelly A. O'Connell serves as regional canon for the Southern Region, comprising the diocese's South Shore, Taunton River, Mt. Hope-Buzzards Bay, and Cape and Island deaneries.

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Carol J. Gallagher serves as regional canon for the Central Region, comprising the diocese's Boston Harbor, Alewife, Charles River and Neponset River deaneries.

On this page, you will find open clergy positions and stages where churches are in their search process.  Clergy are encouraged to send their applications directly to the contact person at the specific church (usually the search committee chair). Many profiles and contact information can be found on the congregations' websites.

For more information, contact the regional canons via e-mail to

Find your deanery and region

Need to locate a congregation in a deanery or region?  Find them here.

Other Clergy Positions

These are non-rector positions which require licensed clergy. Position, location and contact person are shown.

No positions are currently open.

Letters of Agreement

These Covenants of Ministry (Letters of Agreement), for use by congregations with newly called/appointed clergy, are customizable models that contain recommended provisions to strengthen the clergy-congregation relationship and clarify practical arrangements.

Clergy Licensing Guidelines

In accordance with Episcopal Church canons, the Diocese of Massachusetts requires that all deacons (transitional or vocational) and priests wishing to officiate in this diocese must be licensed.

The licensing guidelines document is currently being revised.  Please direct any questions to David Ames in the Office of the Bishop Suffragan at or 617-482-4826, ext. 445.