Mission Matters
News from the
Episcopal Diocese 
of Western Massachusetts  


July 2, 2024

General Convention Edition

BIG news from GC81

Bishop Sean Rowe elected 28th presiding bishop, will begin nine-year term Nov. 1

Editor's note: This story has been updated with up-to-date installation information. [Episcopal News Service - Louisville, Kentucky] The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of Northwest Pennsylvania ...

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Presiding Bishop-elect calls the church to 'think differently' about how it should work for the sake of sharing the Gospel

Episcopal News Service - Louisville, Kentucky] In his first sermon as presiding bishop-elect, the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe said The Episcopal Church needs to be ready to tolerate uncertainty, make sacri...

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Presiding bishop-elect to forego installation at National Cathedral; scaled-back event to be held at church's New York headquarters

Episcopal News Service - Louisville, Kentucky] Presiding Bishop-elect Sean Rowe and the installation planning and transition committees announced June 28 that Rowe's installation service will take...

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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches about love during Louisville revival

Episcopal News Service - Louisville, Kentucky] When Presiding Bishop Michael Curry headlined and preached at his last revival as primate of The Episcopal Church on June 22, his sermon focused on t...

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Union of Black Episcopalians honors Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Episcopal News Service - Louisville, Kentucky] The Union of Black Episcopalians hosted a banquet in tribute to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry during the last night of its annual business meeting a...

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Some of the legislation, big moments

81st General Convention wraps up in Louisville

Episcopal News Service - Louisville, Kentucky] The triennial Episcopal family reunion, worship extravaganza and legislative session that is General Convention was back in full force during its mee...

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Bishops, youth working to end gun violence unite in Louisville rally

Episcopal News Service - Louisville, Kentucky] After three students were killed and five others were injured in 2023 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, T.J. Rapson, a high school studen...

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Deputies celebrate advance of Navajoland resolution creating missionary diocese

Episcopal News Service - Louisville, Kentucky] The House of Deputies capped its June 25 legislative session by celebrating Navajoland deputies and the Episcopalians they represent after the house ...

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Bishops pass 3 creation care resolutions

Episcopal News Service - Louisville, Kentucky] "This is a kairos moment," Kansas Bishop Cathleen Bascom told the House of Bishops as she presented three resolutions coming out of the committee for...

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Committees take action on 11 social justice and U.S. policy-related resolutions

Episcopal News Service - Louisville, Kentucky] General Convention's Social Justice & U.S. Policy committees June 22 voted on 11 proposed resolutions addressing issues ranging from ending the p...

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Party celebrates Episcopal Church Women's 150th birthday

Episcopal News Service - Louisville, Kentucky] A 150th birthday party thrown by the Episcopal Church Women drew 200 people to festivities that included a photo booth, 1970s music, a dance floor an...

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Committees hear testimony on creating a Committee on Disability and Deaf Inclusion, expanding childcare at General Convention

Episcopal News Service - Louisville, Kentucky] The deputies' and bishops' legislative committees on Accessibility & Inclusion heard testimony June 26 on two resolutions: D080, which would crea...

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House of Deputies repudiates pro-slavery views of 19th century house president in somber vote

Episcopal News Service - Louisville, Kentucky] The House of Deputies repudiated the pro-slavery theology of one of its Civil War-era presidents on June 27 at the request of the host Bishop Terry W...

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Our Deputies in Action!

Video with a word from each deputy

All of our deputies stepped off the House floor to say a few words about this experience.

Bishop Fisher speaks to us from the witness against gun violence

Bishop Fisher addressed us from a youth-led action against gun violence.

Bishop Fisher visits the Thomas Merton memorial in Louisville

If you are interested in the spirituality of Thomas Merton, don't miss Bishop Fisher's visit to his memorial in Louisville.

Deputy Jason Burns rising to support Mental Health Sunday

Deputy Micah Walter rising to oppose an amendment

Deputy Amanda Watroba proclaiming the Word at Eucharist

Deputy Zena Link was awarded the The Rev. Deacon Pearl Slay Community Action Award from the Union of Black Episcopalians and ran an honorable, impactful campaign for Pres. of the House of Deputies. We are so proud!

Our Deputies: (L-R) Noah Walter, Meg Galbreath, Zena Link, John Cheek, Amanda Watroba, Rich Simpson, Bishop Doug Fisher, Meredyth Ward, Jason Burns, Charlotte LaForest, Mark Beckwith, Tanya Wallace

Support 2nd Annual Golf Tournament to raise funds for Human to Human

Sep 16, 11am

South Hadley, MA

Join Bishop Fisher on the green for an afternoon of fun and fundraising!

11:00 am - Registration opens

11:30 am - Buffet Lunch

12:30 pm - Tournament start

Single player = $125

Foursome = $500

Can't play? Sponsor a hole or make a donation!

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Summer Break for Bishop's Visitations

  • 09/08/24 - St. John's, Northampton
  • 09/22/24 - Church of the Nativity, Northborough
  • 09/29/24 - Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield
  • 10/06/24 - Good Shepherd/Grace Lutheran, West Springfield
  • 10/13/24 - St. Mark's & San Marcos, Worcester
  • 10/20/24 - St. Luke's, Lanesboro
  • 10/27/24 - Grace Church, Amherst
  • 11/03/24 - St. Paul's, Holyoke

From Our Congregations & Missional Partners

Open Positions

Ministerio Hispano | Latino Ministries

Ministerio Hispano San Pablo en Holyoke

  • Misa Dominical - 5:00pm en persona

La Catedral en Springfield

  • Misa Dominical - 12:15pm en persona
  • Estudio Bíblico - (en persona) Miércoles 6:00pm
  • Sabatina - (Segundo, tercer y cuarto sábado del mes) de 10am a 12pm

Ministerio Hispano San Marcos en Worcester

  • Misa Dominical - 12:00pm en persona
  • Marie’s Mission - (diaper distribution program) first Saturday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm
  •  Thrift Shop - open the first Saturday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm
  •  Karate Classes - every Wednesday and Friday from 5:30pm-7:00pm
  •  Prayer group - every Friday at 7pm on WhatsApp 
  •  AA meetings - every Tuesday and Saturday from 7:00pm-8:00pm

Para conectar con las actividades de la Catedral mande un email a ap735@earthlink.net.

Para conectar con las actividades del Ministerio Hispano en Worcester visite el sitio web ministeriohispanoworcester.org o mande un email a jreyes@diocesewma.org.

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