Anglican Church in America
Diocese of the Northeast
Rt. Rev. Brian Marsh, Bishop
Diocese of the Northeast


Septuagesima, 2017



Dear Friends,


Blessings to you all as we enter the Pre-Lenten season and once again are reintroduced to the marvelous "gesimas": Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima. Though Septuagesima is the only precise term, expressing as it does the seventy days before Easter, all are wonderful, traditional terms. And they all help us keep the central feast day of Easter present in our hearts and minds. The Pre-Lenten season also reminds us of our imminent Lenten responsibilities, reminding us to prepare to prepare.


2017 promises to be a historic year in the history of the Continuing churches. It is the fortieth anniversary of the Congress of St. Louis, the gathering that is generally regarded as the beginning of the Continuing Church movement. This year will also bring together four of the largest Continuing churches in a Joint Synod, the purpose of which will be to sign a communio in sacris agreement. This agreement will signal one more step toward full organic union. Over the past two years, Archbishop Mark Haverland, Bishop Walter Grundorf, Bishop Paul Hewett and I have developed a solid working relationship. We have overcome major obstacles to eventual unity and have pledged to work cooperatively, providing mutual support and encouragement to each others' jurisdictions, as we seek closer spiritual and temporal unity.


The Joint Anglican synod will be held at the Crown Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia between October 2-6. We expect over five hundred delegates, guests and observers to attend this historic event.


Diocesan News


On Saturday, February 18, The Reverend Canon Alexander Henderson "Hendy" Webb will be consecrated, God willing, to the episcopate. The service of consecration will commence at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church in Milford, New Hampshire. This larger venue has been selected to accommodate the many people who plan to attend.


Canon Webb has served his parish church, his diocese and the national church with distinction for the past several years. His election to the episcopate was held at a special election synod last October in Groton, Connecticut. Following the election, the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America was required to confirm the election. The Standing Committees of the five dioceses in the Anglican Church in America were also required to vote their approval. The Standing Committees were unanimous in their confirmation of Canon Webb's election. The College of Bishop was also required to confirm the election of Canon Webb, which it did on January 12, 2017. Following the election of a Suffragan, the Bishop-elect's CV must be circulated to the House of Bishops, the College of Bishops and the diocesan standing committees. The Bishop-elect is very well qualified, holding a M.Div. from The General Theological Seminary and a D. Min. from Gordon-Conwell. Following the successful completion of the confirmation process, Archbishop Shane Janzen issued a "mandate" for consecration. This mandate will be read at the consecration by our chancellor, Wally Jones.


As you can see, it take a church to make a bishop. All these steps are necessary to ensure we are fulfilling God's will. In addition, the church must also follow the Constitution and Canons of the Anglican Church in America. We have been very careful to do just that. The constitutional lawyers, including our own Primate, have affirmed that the Constitution and Canons have been followed to the letter.


The only thing left to us is the consecration ceremony itself. Traditionally, it is required that at least three bishops lay hands on the Bishop-elect. This is to ensure that, without doubt, our new brother bishop maintains the Apostolic order of the church and is validly consecrated to serve God's holy church. The bishops who will take part in this ceremony, in addition to myself, are: The Right Reverend Juan Garcia, Bishop of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean; Bishop George Langberg, Bishop Emeritus, Diocese of the Northeast and Bishop Chandler Jones, Bishop Suffragan, Anglican Province of America.


We hope you will join us on Saturday, February 18.


National Church News


On Sunday, February 26, The Right Reverend Owen Rhys Williams will be installed Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the West, Anglican Church in America. The ceremony of installation will be held at All Saint's Anglican Church, Fountain Valley, California.

Bishop Williams served as rector of Trinity Anglican Church in Rochester, New Hampshire for twelve years. During that time, he served as a member of the Standing Committee, the Executive Council and the Board of Examining Chaplains.

We wish Bishop Williams and his wife, Marilyn, all the best as they take on their new responsibilities.


Bishop's Schedule


Saturday, February 18. St. Patrick's Church, Milford, New Hampshire. Episcopal consecration.
Sunday, February 26. All Saints Anglican Church, Fountain Valley, California. Installation of +Owen Rhys Williams, Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of the West.
Thursday and Friday, March 16-17. Clericus, Graymoor, New York.
Sunday, April 30. Trinity Anglican Church, Rochester, New Hampshire. Episcopal Visit and confirmation.
Saturday, May 6. Standing Committee meeting. Diocesan Offices.
Tuesday, May 16. FACA meeting, Dunwoody, Georgia.


Blessings to you all.
Your Brother in Christ,


Anglican Church in America