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

 

Bishop's Monthly Newsletter
September, 2013

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings to you all in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

It is my hope and prayer that you have all had a restful and relaxing Summer. Judging from articles in the latest edition of the Northeast Anglican, the Summer has been filled with many fulfilling activities. I give thanks to all for your dedicated work for God's holy church.

 

At this time, as we gear up for the Fall activities, our parishes are scheduling many events designed to further God's Kingdom. May we all be blessed in our work.

 

SYNOD NEWS AND UPDATE

 

Our Diocesan Synod is scheduled for October 3 - 5 in Mystic, Connecticut. Our host parish this year is, of course, St. Matthias. Thanks to Deacon Merrill Perkins and the parish for offering to host the synod. October is a wonderful time to be in Mystic (or anywhere in the Northeast) and I know we will have a joyful time doing the work of the church.

 

If you have not already done so, please make reservations. It is especially important for delegates to make their arrangements as soon as possible. As usual, Synod Mass and business meeting will take place on Friday. The synod banquet is scheduled for Friday evening. This will be followed by entertainment provided by Bishop George Langberg. Bishop Langberg has offered his musical program for several years and it is always a highlight of our gathering.

 

Many thanks to Linnea for her work on the synod. Her administrative work is exceptional and she deserves our thanks for her outstanding service to the church.

 

It would also be helpful (and support our budget) if parishes would bring their financial obligations up to date prior to synod. Let's show a positive fund balance!

 

Diocesan Reports.

 

Please submit your diocesan reports to Allan Wylie. Allan has faithfully produced the report brochure for the past four years. This booklet has helped streamline our business meetings. Send the reports to Allan at: allan.wylie@gmail.com.

 

DIOCESAN NEWS

 

Ordinations.

 

As everyone is no doubt aware, Fathers Ed Kalish and Ian Dunn were ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on July 6 at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Portland, Maine. The weather was, to put it mildly, a bit on the 'tropical' 'side, but the service was conducted with appropriate Anglican dignity. And the ladies of St. Paul's provided an exceptional reception after the service.

 

It should be noted that the beautiful ordination certificates were designed by Bishop Robert Giffin of the Anglican Province of America. It is one of the many gifts we have received from our reconciliation agreement. We have become increasingly aware that our drawing together is producing good works in many areas.

 

Ground Breaking.

 

St. Paul's Parish in Brockton, Massachusetts has broken ground on a new church building. The new church will have permanent seating for two hundred and fifty, with flexible seating for over a hundred more. It is expected that the new building will be ready in less than a year. We look forward to consecrating a new building for God's church.

 

St. Luke's Summer Camp.

 

Many thanks to Father Rich Dibble and his staff for another successful season of Christian camping. This Summer Camp program offers an excellent educational experience for our young people. I would ask that each of our parishes support the camp program by sending campers, offering scholarships or recruiting young people to serve as counselors.

 

CLERGY NEWS

 

The Rev. Ian Dunn has been called as Rector of St. Thomas Anglican Church in Ellsworth, Maine. He was elected unanimously to the office and his election was affirmed by the bishop. His installation will be held early in 2014. We pray that his ministry will be joyful and productive in the service of Our Lord.

 

The Rev. Alexander 'Hendy' Webb has been appointed Dean of Faculty of Logos House of Studies and began his work during August. Hendy is very well qualified for this office and we know he will provide excellent service to Logos House and its students.

 

The Rev. Franklin Bartlett has transferred to the Anglican Province of America. Fr. Frank and his wife, Geri, have relocated to Florida. We wish them both well as the begin a new phase in their life and ministry.

 

The Rev. Mr. William Morrill passed to eternal life. A Requiem Mass was held at St. Luke's Church. The church was filled to capacity prior to the start of the service. All latecomers were seated in the undercroft. 'Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and light perpetual shin upon him.'

 

The Rev. Mr. Robert Philp has been selected as the preacher for Synod Mass.

 

Mr. Rhett Weeks has been accepted as a postulant for holy orders. Mr. Weeks attends St. Luke's Anglican Church in Amherst, New Hampshire.

 

NORTHEAST ANGLICAN

 

The September issue of The Northeast Anglican has just gone to press. Having read the advance copy, I must say I continue to be impressed

 

with the quality of this publication. I am always tempted to say that each issue is the best I have read. This one certainly seems worthy of that praise. Enjoy. Many thanks once again for the superb work of editor Ed Pacht.

 

NATIONAL CHURCH NEWS

 

The House of Bishops will meet on September 17 in Quincy, Illinois. Our two new bishops, Bishop James Hiles and Bishop Owen Williams, will take their seats in the HOB for the first time. We will welcome them and know that their voices will enhance our work.

 

The Executive Council will meet on September 18 and 19 in Quincy, Illinois. One of the main themes of this Executive Council meeting will be clergy education.

 

TRADITIONAL ANGLICAN COMMUNION

 

The big news within the TAC is the anticipated consecrations of bishops for the United Kingdom and Australia. Bishop-elect Michael Pope will serve as Bishop of Australia, replacing Archbishop John Hepworth, who was removed from office. Bishop-elect Ian Gray will serve as Bishop of the United Kingdom. Bishop Gray will be the first TAC bishop to serve the UK.

 

Bishop Marsh's Schedule

 

September 8. St. Joseph's Anglican Church, Brooklyn, New York. Episcopal visit and confirmation.
September 17-20. House of Bishops and Executive Council Meeting. St. John's Cathedral. Quincy, Illinois.
October 3-5. Diocesan Synod. St. Matthias Anglican Church. Mystic, Connecticut.
October 17-21. Lincoln, England. Consecration of Bishops-elect Ian Gray and Michael Pope.
October 23-25. Newport Beach, California. Synod of the Anglican Catholic Church.
December 8. St. Nicholas Anglican Church, West Seneca, New York. Episcopal Visit.

 

Blessings to you all!

 

Your Brother in Christ,

+Brian