Anglican Church in America
Diocese of the Northeast
Rt. Rev. Brian Marsh, Bishop

January Newsletter


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


This monthly newsletter comes to you with all good wishes for the New Year.


A Blessed Epiphanytide to you all!


International News


Many of you have asked about what is happening to the Traditional Anglican Communion. Much as the recent events have effected the Anglican Church in America, the Traditional Anglican Communion is going through a similar restructuring process. We fully expect that, within a very short time, leadership issues within the TAC will be resolved and that we will emerge with a stronger, more committed Anglican leadership model. This model may, in fact, be somewhat different from what we have used in the past, but it will, I believe, be much more consistent with the needs of an international Anglican jurisdiction.


Currently, plans are being made to invite members of the College of Bishops to a gathering that will address a variety of issues of concern to member churches of the TAC. We expect such a gathering to take place within the next two months.


In advance of that conference, I can assure you that the ACA remains a strongly-committed traditional Anglican church. The TAC will remain a committed international Anglican presence.


After all that we have been through during the past two years, I can report - with gratitude to God - that we have fulfilled our mission, we have stayed together and approach the future with confidence.




Now that the Christmas holiday is past, please check your pledge status. We will attempt to complete the financial reports for our upcoming Standing Committee meeting, so please do your best to get any outstanding fund obligations to our diocesan treasurer, Kathy Lippman. We are behind in national church contributions, so I urge all parishes to fulfill their stewardship obligations. God's holy church depends upon our contributions to fulfill our mission.




Standing Committee


A meeting of the Standing Committee will take place at 10:00 a.m. on January 14, 2012 at the diocesan offices in Belchertown, Massachusetts. As is our custom, we will open with Mass in the oratory, then settle down to business. We have several ordination requests to approve, as well as a number of other items. As always, I look forward to seeing everyone at this important diocesan meeting. At this meeting, Father Owen Williams, after a brief hiatus, will resume his responsibilities on the Standing Committee. Father Sam Logan, after completing his term, has rotated off the committee. We thank Father Logan for his service to the standing Committee. Mr. Steve Young has also rotated off the Standing Committee. Steve has served the committee for over nine years. During his tenure, he made a major contribution to the work of the church. We thank him for his long and faithful service. Mr. Kirby Wood has been elected to the committee and we welcome his considerable expertise to the work of this important committee.




The Diocesan synod of the Diocese of the Eastern United States will be held at St. Barnabas Church in Picayune, Mississippi on January 18-20. We thank Father Jonathan Filkins and his staff for hosting this event. Word has it that there will be a trip to New Orleans during the event. It is a closely guarded secret that the Episcopal Visitor's favorite foods include gumbo and jambalaya.


An election synod will be convened at the start of the DEUS synod. It will be good to have an episcopal presence actually residing within the geographical boundaries of the DEUS.


The DEUS website is up and running. Please check it out. Don't overlook the shamrock that appears on the home page's cross. The shamrock is a symbol of the Trinity and a way that many of us were introduced to the concept of God in three persons.




Mr. Harry Wellsman, Mr Patrick DesRosiers and Pastor William Alvarez have been approved for ordination to the diaconate in the Diocese of the Northeast. Pastor Alvarez will continue to serve St. Augustine's parish in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Mr. Wellsman will serve St. Margaret's in Conway, New Hampshire. Mr. DesRosiers will serve St. Augustine's in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Mr. David W. Munn has been approved for ordination to the diaconate in the DEUS. His ordination, God willing, will take place during the diocesan Mass at St. Barnabas Church. Mr. Munn will serve St. Barnabas Church.




The parish of St. Joseph in Brooklyn, New York is starting a Hispanic mission. Many thanks to Father Braithwaite and Archdeacon Koller for starting this essential ministry. We do pray that this ministry will bear fruit by bringing many to Christ.




Deacon Moody is currently planning for our annual March clericus at Graymoor in Garrison, New York. Details should be forthcoming shortly.




Bishop George Langberg will head a committee that will assist in facilitating our recent inter-communion agreement with the Anglican Province of America. The committee is composed of representatives from each of our dioceses and will interact with a like number of representatives from the APA. The goal of the committee will be to find ways in which we may assist each other and cooperate in mutually-supportive ventures.




The feedback on the Brockton conference continues positive. The leaders of the major continuing jurisdictions continue to affirm their mutual support. At some point in the near future, we expect to gather for a summit meeting during which we will consider the creation of an umbrella administrative structure that will provide assistance to all continuing jurisdictions.


There is a great deal more news, but these are the highlights.


Once again my thanks to all who contribute to the church by offering their gifts of time, talent and treasure.


Your Brother in Christ,



Anglican Church in America