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

BISHOP'S MONTHLY NEWSLETTER for November 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

My blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving and a Blessed Advent!

It has been an extremely busy month and I give thanks for that. It indicates that our church and diocese are growing quite substantially.

 

PARISH NEWS

 

St. Paul's Parish, Brockton, Massachusetts.

On Sunday, October 28, I visited St. Paul's for the purpose of making an annual episcopal visit. During this visit, I was privileged to confirm twelve people to full membership in Christ's One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Following the service, a reception for the newly confirmed was held at the Shaw Center in Brockton. During the reception, I took part in a Question and Answer session regarding the future of the ACA and the TAC.

 

St. Augustine, Elizabeth New Jersey.

On Sunday, November 11, Bishop Marsh made an episcopal visit to St. Augustine's in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He confirmed sixteen young people to full membership in Christ's One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. This is the largest number of confirmands of any church in our diocese during this year. St. Augustine's is to be commended for the preparation given to the confirmands and for the considerable growth this parish is experiencing. A reception for the newly confirmed was held in the church parish hall immediately following the service.

It should be noted that the number of confirmations is double that of 2011 - in the last month alone!

 

CLERGY NEWS

The Rev. Edward Herbert Ihde was ordained to the sacred priesthood on Saturday, November 17 at St. Nicholas Anglican Church in West Seneca, New York. Over one hundred and thirty people attended this special occasion. We pray that Father Ihde's new ministry will be will with the abundance of joy in serving God's holy church. Photos of this ordination will be published in the upcoming edition of the Northeast Anglican.

 

The Rev. Dr. David W. Moody of the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Charlestown NH will be ordained, God willing, to the sacred order of priests, at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 1 at Trinity Pro-Cathedral in Rochester, New Hampshire. All are welcome to attend this wonderful event!

 

Consents from both the House of Bishops and the Standing Committees of the ACA have been received for Bishops-elect Owen Williams and James Hiles. At this point, the College of Bishops is required to give its consent as well. Once that has been received, dates for consecrations will be set for early next year. At this point, it appears there will be two separate consecration ceremonies. Please continue to pray for our Bishops-elect.

 

APA/ACA NEWS

Bishop Langberg chairs a committee of ACA and APA clergy who are planning for our full reconciliation. A meeting of the committee was held recently in Atlanta. The work of this committee has been enormously rewarding. Currently, plans are being readied for a joint national synod, whereby our two jurisdictions will hold separate business meetings, but join together for common worship and fellowship. This is an exciting and indeed historic opportunity for us all. The House of Bishops has commended Bishop Langberg for his leadership of this important committee.

 

LOGOS HOUSE

Father Jeffrey Monroe, President of Logos House, has been working diligently to bring the House back up to speed. He has instituted several new administrative structures that will enable Logos House to function more smoothly and to grow. The call has gone out for a Dean of Faculty position and several qualified individuals have responded. Please keep Father Monroe and Logos House in your prayers as this program continues to grow and expand.

 

CLERICUS

Our Fall Clericus will be held at Genesis House in Westfield, Massachusetts on December 6 and 7. Please contact Deacon Moody to reserve a space. One theme of this Clericus will be Clergy Ethics.

 

PLANNING FOR THE NEW YEAR

 

At this time of year, I begin to set the schedule of episcopal visits for the upcoming year. Please let me know if there are specific dates you would like to have an episcopal visit. This year, we will, by the grace of God, have the assistance of Bishop Hiles and Bishop Williams. They will be available for episcopal visits both here in the Diocese of the Northeast and also in the Diocese of the West, which is currently without a Bishop Ordinary. Should you wish an episcopal visit on a date that correspond's to your parish's feast day, please let me know. In general, second and fourth Sundays of any month are better for such visits.

 

BISHOP'S SCHEDULE

 

November 26. Vestry Meeting for Trinity Church, Charlestown, New Hampshire

November 28. 6:30 Lebanon, New Hampshire. Educational program: "The Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral and Anglican Identity."

December 1. Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Rochester, New Hampshire. Ordination

December 6, 7. Westfield, Massachusetts. Clericus.

January 6, 2013. St. Elizabeth, Tuxedo, New York. Episcopal visit.

 

Faithfully,

+Brian