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Bishops’ statement following South Carolina church shootings

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of yesterday’s shootings in Charleston, S.C., and to their families, the people of Emanuel A.M.E. Church and the wider Charleston community. This horrific event comes in the wake of our sorrow over the murder of Jonathan Dos Santos, the teen gunned down just last week in Dorchester.  It underscores yet again the importance of joining our own efforts, such as our diocese’s B-PEACE campaign, with the efforts of others to end the epidemic of gun violence in our midst.  The evident ease with which people are able to arm themselves for such violent acts must be addressed. With God’s help, may we, individually and collectively, find the courage to combat this evil, wherever and however we can, so that there may be peace with justice among us, everywhere.

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop

The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan

Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

Diocesan Webcast Available for the Consecration of the Rev. Alan McIntosh Gates

The Massachusetts Diocesan will be offering a live webcast of the Ordination of the Rev. Alan McIntosh Gates at Boston University’s Agganis Arena on Saturday, Sept. 13 for those who cannot be at the celebration in person. The processions begin at 10:30 a.m., with the service to follow. Please check the consecration page on the diocesan website for a link.

2014 Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts Deanery Grants

Sending Serving Grants

The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts awards Sending Serving grant funds to support domestic and international programs that enhance the outreach ministries of congregations through new or existing programs. These programs support the vitality of congregations, youth and urban-ethnic-multicultural ministries. Collaborative projects are encouraged. Grant awards must have a matching funding component. Continue reading

Looking for Stewardship Resources?

The 2014 TENS Conference

Are you ready to take the next step in stewardship? Are you looking for ways to help your congregation and diocese discover the joyful path of generosity and giving? Join guides and meet companions who will walk along side you in following the Way. Internationally known theologian and author Sister Joan Chittister will be a keynote speaker at the 2014 Conference of the Episcopal Network for Stewardship on June 6 and 7 at Emory University in Atlanta. For registration information please visit: Continue reading

Diocesan Family picnic and Worship Celebration

June 21 Eucharistic Celebration and Family Picnic: Everyone in the diocesan community is invited to gather for a celebration and commemoration of Bishop Shaw’s ministry. This festive event will take place on June 21, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine, at the Pinebank Promontory on Jamaica Pond (corner of Perkins Street and the Jamaicaway) in Jamaica Plain, in the City of Boston.

The celebration will include remarks by Bishop Barbara C. Harris, with Bishop Frank Griswold preaching.

• Please let the celebration committee know you plan to attend the June 21 celebration: RSVP at

• Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy. Ice cream and beverages will be provided.

• Carpooling and use of public transportation are strongly encouraged; shuttle buses from public transportation will be provided (details will be posted here as they become available).

Family Camp

The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts’s Family Camp 2014 is open for registration. Camp dates this year are June 26-29 at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center, and everyone is invited! This is ideal for any family with or without children, and there are several different cabin options to choose from.

For more information or to register, please visit the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts page here.

We have a new bishop-elect!

Friends in Christ,

Our new bishop elect is The Reverend Alan Gates (see bio below). We had some drama when it was discovered there were irregularities in the first ballot, but It didn’t effect the final outcome. I am excited about Alan and look forward to getting to know him better. Keep him in your prayers as he prepares for this work and pray for our diocese as we too enter this time of transition.

Yours In Christ,


Biography: The Rev. Alan M. Gates
Currently: Rector, St. Paul’s Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Born: March 25, 1958
B.A.: Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Graduate Studies: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
M.Div.: Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass.
Ordained Priest: March 26, 1988
Ministry: Rector, St. Paul’s Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 2004-Present; Priest-in-Charge (2003-2004) and Senior Associate Rector (1996-2003), Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest, Ill.; Rector, Trinity Church, Ware, Mass., 1990-1996; Curate, Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Hingham, Mass., 1987-1990; Seminarian, St. Stephen’s Memorial Church, Lynn, Mass., 1985-1986

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All Saints and Together Now

The Together Now Campaign is a $20M fundraising initiative being conducted by the Diocese of Massachusetts to capitalize on already successful programs, expanding their reach across the diocese, and positioning congregations for further growth and revitalization. This campaign has something  to offer all congregations in the diocese, including All Saints’. Additional details of the campaign can be found here.

Scott Bemkins led the effort at All Saints’ to raise $60,000 in pledges, over 5 years, for the Together Now campaign. And in June of 2013, Bishop Tom Shaw expressed his thanks to All Saints’ for successfully meeting this goal. Furthermore, on June 30, the diocese announced that the overall funding goal of $20M had been met.