The diocesan Transition Ministry 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.
The Transition Ministry 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, providing 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.
The three regional canons of the Diocese of Massachusetts are responsible for carrying out transition ministry functions:
The Rev. Canon Martha L. Hubbard (email@example.com) 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. Canon Kelly A. O'Connell (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) serves as regional canon for the Central Region, comprising the diocese's Boston Harbor, Alewife, Charles River and Neponset River deaneries.
For more information, contact the regional canons via individual e-mail links above or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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