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

 

BISHOP'S MONTHLY NEWSLETTER for April 2013

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Blessed Eastertide to you all! This newsletter comes to you with every good wish of the Easter season. It is a very busy time for our national church and diocese. Please read over the following carefully, as there are many important dates to keep in mind.

 

HOUSE OF BISHOPS
The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America will meet on April 23 in Brockton, Massachusetts. We have a full agenda. Above all, we will be seeking to develop our cooperative relationships with other Classical Anglican jurisdictions.

 

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
The Executive Council will meet on April 24 and the morning of April 25. This important meeting brings together the members of the governing body of the ACA, effectively the church's vestry or Standing Committee. It will also meet at Saint Paul's Parish in Brockton, Massachusetts.

 

CONSECRATIONS

By the Grace of God, The Rev. Owen Williams will be consecrated Bishop in God's Holy Church on April 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Pro Cathedral in Rochester, New Hampshire. If you have not already done so, please send your RSVP for this event. We expect an overflow crowd and want to plan accordingly. Please do keep Bishop-elect Williams in your prayers as he assumes this important ministry in the service of God's church.

 

By the Grace of God, The Rev. James R. Hiles will be consecrated Bishop in God's Holy Church on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Paul's Parish in Brockton, Massachusetts. Should you not have received an invitation for this event, one is attached to this newsletter. Please do note that there is a limited number of tickets available for the luncheon reception following the consecration. Please RSVP immediately if you wish to attend the luncheon. Please keep Bishop-elect Hiles in your prayers as he offers himself for service to God's Holy Church as a bishop.

 

ORDINATIONS
Deacon Ed Kalish and Deacon Ian Dunn have been approved for ordination. The ordination date has not yet been finalized, but will likely be in June.

 

INSTALLATION
Fr. Luis Aguilar has been appointed priest at St. Augustine's in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The vestry has elected him rector, the bishop has approved and he will, God willing, be installed as rector on April 28 by Bishop Juan Garcia at the request and under the authority of Bishop Marsh.

 

ST. LUKE'S CAMP
Our Diocesan Youth Camp will again be held at Camp Ashmere in Hinsdale, Massachusetts. The dates are: August 4-10. Please mark the dates. Father Rich Dibble, our Camp Director, has asked for administrative support. At least three volunteers stepped forward to assist Father Rich: Betty Langberg, Diane Jones and Allan Wylie. One task the administrators seek to accomplish will be to produce a brochure that can be mailed to all parishes. This is designed to facilitate both communication and registration. Thanks to all. A special thanks to Father Rich Dibble for his exceptional dedication to St. Luke's Camp. Please get the word out; St. Luke's Camp is an outstanding program of Christian camping and deserves to be fully enrolled.

 

NEA
The next deadline for the Northeast Anglican is rapidly approaching. This issue will likely include news of the upcoming consecrations. Please begin preparing your copy and sending it to Ed Pacht. Please also remember to send your annual parish contribution for the NEA to Kathy Lippman. Suggested annual parish contribution is a very modest $50. Given what we receive, it is certainly worth every penny.

 

PAROCHIAL REPORTS
Thanks to all who have submitted parochial reports. Linnea reports that we are approaching 100%! This is the best we have ever done. Reports from only three parishes/missions are outstanding. If we receive all reports by May, we will set a new record!

 

EPISCOPAL VISITS
A short list of episcopal visits is included at the end of this newsletter. A more expanded list will be sent to parishes in the week following the consecrations. This list will include Bishops Hiles and Williams, along with Bishop Langberg and myself.

 

DIOCESAN SYNOD
Our Diocesan Synod will be held in Mystic, Connecticut from October 3-5. Deacon Merrill Perkins has done an exceptional job preparing for the upcoming synod. Many thanks, Merrill, for your exceptional work in preparing for synod. Synod Mass will be held in the chapel at Olde Mystick Village, the house of worship that has been used by St. Matthias for the past twenty-five years. Information will be forthcoming.

 

BISHOP MARSH SCHEDULE

 

April 28. St. Augustine Church, Elizabeth, NJ. Episcopal visit with Bishop Juan Garcia
May 11. Standing Committee meeting.
May 13-24. VACATION
June 9. Holy Cross. Webster, NY. Episcopal visit.
June 16. St. Mary of the Angels. Hollywood, CA. Rededication.
June 30. St. Paul's Anglican Church. Allentown, PA. Episcopal visit.
August 4-10. St. Luke's Camp.
September 8. St. Joseph. Brooklyn, NY. Episcopal visit.
October 3-5. St. Matthias. Mystic, CT. DIOCESAN SYNOD

 

Blessings to you all.

 

Your Brother in Christ

+Brian