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

 

Bishop's Monthly Newsletter

 

DIOCESE OF THE NORTHEAST
Anglican Church in America
The Rt. Rev. Brian R. Marsh, Bishop
1 Main Street, Belchertown MA 01007
(413) 323-6445

October 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

Several of us attended our General Synod in Belleville, Illinois last week. This thrice-annual meeting is the governing body of our national church. The General Synod is empowered to pass canonical amendments of the ACA, amendments to the Concordat of the Traditional Anglican Communion and to elect and affirm officers for the national church.

 

This particular synod was important for another reason: we joined with our sister jurisdiction, The Anglican Province of America, in a Concurrent Synod that symbolizes our sacramental union. Three years ago, the ACA and the APA signed an agreement of reconciliation that recognizes the holy orders and sacraments of each others' jurisdiction. During this synod, the synod Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Grundorf and myself. Clergy processed in union and shared responsibilities of the service. Overall, it was a festive occasion. Several photos of this service have been posted on Facebook and will also appear on our website and the Northeast Anglican.

 

Among the tasks accomplished during the business meetings:

 

  • A balanced budget was passed, one that included an increase in the education line item.
  • Mr. Fred Joseph of St. Dunstan's Anglican Church was awarded the Walter Kiliam Award.
  • Your bishop was elected to another three-year term as Presiding Bishop
  • The International Anglican Fellowship has increased its number of sustaining members, as well as the amount given to missions worldwide. Four new missions were begun recently in the Dominican Republic. These are being supported by the IAF.
  • A Proposed Constitution was presented, along with proposed canons. These will be reviewed and acted upon at subsequent synods.
  • A proposal to amend the TAC Concordat was passed unanimously. It is important to note that any amendments to the Concordat require the ratification of the national synods of every constituent church. The ACA is the first church to ratify the Concordat amendments.
  • Bishop Rodriguez has requested that two bishop be approved by the College of Bishops to assist him in his work. Recently, two men from Guatemala have been elected to that office. The ACA House of Bishops, the Executive Council and the Synod all voiced approval for the two new bishops-elect. Their credentials will now be forwarded to the Secretary of the College of Bishops in preparation for action by the College.

 

Our synod guests included Bishop Shane Janzen of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, Bishop Ruben Rodriguez of Guatemala and Father Ramon Suero of the Dominican Republic.

 

One of the unique features of this synod was the silent auction sponsored by the IAF. Erv Lischke, the Executive Director of the IAF, promoted the silent auction for the purpose of funding the reprinting of Ritual Notes and The Practice of Religion. Funds raised by the silent auction and free will donations will go a long way toward funding the reprinting of these popular books. Above all, the silent auction was great fun for all who observed and participated in the bidding.

 

The Synod banquet was held on Thursday evening, October 16. One hundred and fifty people attended this festive event. Our own Bishop George Langberg provided the musical entertainment.

 

Diocesan News

 

Clergy

 

The Rev. Mr. Merrill Perkins has passed his canonical exam for the priesthood. He will, by the grace of God, be ordained to the sacred priesthood at 11:00 a.m. on December 20 at St. Matthias Anglican Church in Mystic, Connecticut.

 

Mr. Kevin Kelley has passed his canonical exam for the diaconate. His ordination date will be announced soon.

 

The Rev. Martin Mahoney has been appointed to the Board of Examining Chaplains.

 

Bishop's Schedule

 

October 9. All Saints, Concord, New Hampshire. Episcopal Visit.
October 30. St. David's, Poultney, Vermont. Episcopal Visit.
December 14. St. Augustine's, Saco, Maine. Episcopal Visit.
December 20. St. Matthias, Mystic, Connecticut. Ordination.
December 21. St. Elizabeth, Tuxedo, New York. Episcopal Visit.

 

Blessings to you all!
+Brian