Bishop Shaw died on Friday October 17, 2014

Friends in Christ,

Below is the diocesan announcement of Bishop Shaw’s death. He was a wonderful man and great bishop. I will deeply miss his Christ-centered, Bible-focused,  prayerful companionship.

Yours in Christ,


The Society of St. John the Evangelist has announced that the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, monk and, for 20 years, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, died today, Oct. 17, in the care of his SSJE brothers at Emery House in West Newbury, Mass.  He was 69.
“During his last days, our brother Tom spoke of how very, very thankful he was for the life God had given him:  for the many wonderful people he had met, for the opportunities and challenges he had faced and for the amazing grace he had experienced throughout his life,” the Rev. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE, Superior of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, said in the announcement.
Shaw “was a man of deep prayer, a charismatic figure who connected easily with young and old alike and a leader whose creativity and entrepreneurial spirit led him to invent what was needed and new.  He was known for his sometimes-mischievous sense of humor, his tenacious courage and his passion to serve Jesus, both among the privileged and the poor,” the SSJE announcement said.
Funeral service arrangements are pending.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Society of St. John the Evangelist, 980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA 02138 ( or the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, 138 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02111 (


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