ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
Diocese of the Northeast
Rt. Rev. Brian Marsh, Bishop

September 2012

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

Blessings to you all!

 

Fall has just begun here in New England and we look forward to the beauty of this wonderful season. Many New Englanders consider Autumn to be their favorite season. Despite the fact that, when the leaves turn, Winter is clearly on its way, we remind ourselves that the wonder of this season is yet another example of God's creation.

 

Late September is also Michaelmas season, a time when we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Michael and All Angels. When we celebrate this feast day, we remember the great "war in heaven" when Satan was defeated and cast out. It is to St. Michael and the angels that we have to thank for this, for their service to God in heaven and for their defense and care for us on earth.

 

I bid you all a blessed Michaelmas.

 

"O everlasting God, who hast ordained and constituted the services of Angels and men in a wonderful order; Mercifully grant that, as thy holy Angels always do thee service in heaven, so, by thy appointment, they may succour and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

 

NEWS OF THE DIOCESE

SYNOD Many thanks to all who journeyed to Ellsworth, Maine for the Twenty-first synod of the Diocese of the Northeast. It was, by all accounts, a very good synod. The weather certainly cooperated.

 

A full report of synod activities will appear in the Northeast Anglican and on our web site, but a few of the highlights should be noted here.

 

First of all, many thanks to The Rev. Canon Granville Henthorne+ and his parish for hosting the synod. Thanks also to Ann Geary, who served as chair of the committee.

 

Synod Mass was held at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Ellsworth. The interim church was packed with worshippers. The Bishop celebrated and the Rev. James Hiles preached with the Rev. Mr. Ian Dunn serving as Master of Ceremonies.

 

The synod business meeting opened at 10:20 at the Ramada Inn in Ellsworth. Following opening prayers, the business of the diocese was transacted. It should be noted that nearly one hundred people were in attendance. This included delegates, guests and visitors. Two parishes, Saint Paul's Parish of Brockton, Massachusetts and St. Nicholas Anglican Church of West Seneca, New York were officially received by synod and become full members of the ACA/Diocese of the Northeast. These parishes had petitioned for membership several months ago and were accepted on a provisional basis at that time. Synod ratified their acceptance and we praise God for their reception into our diocese. It should also be noted that Saint Paul's Parish has been an affiliated member of our diocese for some time and has contributed to the support of the diocese.

 

Four clergy received their licenses at synod: Fr. Luis Aguilar of Elizabeth, New Jersey; Fr. Andrew Faust of Saco, Maine; Deacon Ed Ihde of West Seneca, New York and Fr. Martin Mahoney of Rochester, New York. Father Mahoney received his certificate in absentia. We thank God for the presence of these fine clergymen and pray that their ministry among us will joyful and bear much fruit.

 

Perhaps the most dramatic moments at synod came with the election of two new Bishops Suffragan. Fathers James R. Hiles and Owen R. Williams were each elected overwhelmingly to the office of Bishop Suffragan. A Suffragan Bishop is an assistant bishop, one who serves at the request of the Bishop Ordinary. The Bishop Suffragan is a man in episcopal orders, though he does not have the right of succession. Both Bishops-elect, upon their consecration, will assume responsibilities within the diocese and, when necessary, the national church. We pray that their service to God's holy church will be rewarding and productive.

 

No visit to Maine should be undertaken without the involvement of lobster at some point in the visit. The synod banquet was held on Friday evening, September 14. Many chose the lobster entree and were not disappointed. Following the banquet, several awards were presented. Peter Thomas received the Walter Kilian Award for his long service to his church on the parish, diocesan, national and international levels. Congratulations to Peter for this well-deserved award. Father Jeffrey Monroe accepted the award on Peter's behalf and presented it to Peter on the Sunday following synod.

 

The Rev. Canon Granville V. Henthorne presented several certificates to students who had completed their studies. Father Jeffrey Monroe and Deacon Ian Dunn received the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB). Mr. Charles Niemi received the degree of Associate in Sacred Theology. Harry Wellsman, Patrick Desrosiers and Kevin Kelley received the Diplomate in Diaconal Studies. In one of the most moving moments in all of synod, Father John Corcoran was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity honoris causa.

 

Our keynote speaker for this year's synod was The Rt. Rev. John Vaughan, Bishop Suffragan for the Diocese of the Eastern United States. Bishop Vaughan's address was superb. He spoke about his early years in Ireland, his ordination into the Roman Catholic Church and his eventual ministry within the Anglican Church in America. His talk was very entertaining, while also delivering a profound message of mission and evangelism. We were truly blessed to have Bishop Vaughan with us during this synod.

 

CLERGY NEWS

 

ORDINATIONS

 

The Rev. Mr. Ed Ihde and The Rev. Mr. David Moody will be ordained, God willing, to the priesthood. Deacon Ihde will be ordained on Saturday, November 17 at 11:00 am at St. Nicholas Anglican Church in West Seneca, New York. Deacon David Moody will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, December 1 at Trinity Pro-Cathedral in Rochester, New Hampshire.

 

The Rev. Martin Mahoney has assumed responsibilities as Interim Priest at Holy Cross in Webster, New York. Father Mahoney has moved to the Rochester area to work in the chaplaincy program at a local Rochester hospital. We are very pleased that he has joined our diocesan family.

 

NORTHEAST ANGLICAN

 

The latest edition is available and was distributed at synod. It is another excellent edition. Many thanks to Ed Pacht, who has created a wonderful periodical. It is an excellent ministry for God's church.

 

BISHOP'S SCHEDULE

 

October 1-4. Belleville, Illinois. House of Bishops and Executive Council Meeting.

October 6. Merrillville, Indiana. Consecration of Fr. Robert Todd Giffin, Bishop Suffragan-elect for the Diocese of Mid-America, APA.

October 10. Meeting with the vestry. Trinity Pro-Cathedral.

October 12. Amherst, New Hampshire. Episcopal visit and Installation of Fr. Alexander H. Webb as Rector of St. Luke's Anglican Church.

November 11. Episcopal Visit and confirmation. St. Augustine's Anglican Church. Elizabeth, New Jersey

November 17. Episcopal visit and ordination. St. Nicholas Anglican Church, West Seneca, New York.

 

While much of this newsletter has been concerned with our recent synod, much happens in our diocese and national church every day. Though much of this is routine, some is not. Whenever necessary, such information is posted to our website. Please check this regularly, as it is updated continually. We also issue monthly reports, such as this, and send out the Northeast Anglican on a quarterly basis. We do our best to keep everyone in the diocese updated.

 

Please know of my prayers for you all. 

Your Brother in Christ,

 

+Brian