You heard late last week of Thomas’ nomination to be the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Maine. If for some reason you missed the letter, you can find it here. We are both very excited for him and proud that others have recognized in him the gifts we have known and enjoyed for almost ten years!
The election is scheduled for February 9, 2019. What does this mean for Thomas’ presence among us between now and then? Thomas will need to be in Maine for a few days in mid-January for the customary “walkabouts” — what the Church world calls the introduction of the nominees to the people and clergy of Maine in face-to-face gatherings and via social media and the web— but other than those days he’ll be here among us. There is so much happening at Epiphany! We have ahead of us the ingathering of our 2019 pledges and completion of the budget, the dedication of our chapel, continued work toward the realization of our long-hoped-for elevator, the holy and beautiful seasons of Advent and Christmas, and the Feast of the Epiphany, as well as all the mission and outreach, formation, and children’s activities that go along with this season.
As we noted in our letter last week, regardless of the outcome on February 9th, God will continue to nourish the Parish of the Epiphany for the ministry we have been given. Thomas is both happy and willing to continue to serve as our priest and pastor, should the outcome of this election be a call to remain at Epiphany. Should the result be a new future for Thomas with the Diocese of Maine, we will rejoice for him, and for Tom, and also for the blessing and promise of our own future ministry here in Massachusetts.
Maine’s 10th bishop will be consecrated on June 22, 2019. The full search timeline, with details of planned transition activities during the spring, can be found here.
Please continue to pray for Thomas and Tom, for the people of Maine, for the Parish of Epiphany, and that God’s will alone will be done.
As always, we are available and happy to hear your questions or concerns.
Jane & Suzanne