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Alan M. Gates elected bishop of Massachusetts

Alan M. Gates elected bishop of Massachusetts

On Saturday, April 5th at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Boston, lay and clergy delegates elected Alan M. Gates of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, on the fourth ballot:

To return to the Diocese of Massachusetts a quarter century after my ordination to the priesthood there will be a genuine delight. To be called to do so as bishop-elect is an unimagined honor and a privilege beyond the telling.

I am humbled to follow the episcopate of Bishop Tom Shaw who has led the diocese with grace and courage for 20 years.

I salute my fellow nominees, an extraordinary group of gifted and collegial priests. I thank the electors at today’s convention for their confidence. I thank my parishioners at St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights, for their unwavering support. I thank my family for their love. Above all, I thank God, the source of all strength and every joy.

As I said during the recent gatherings, the Diocese of Massachusetts is a singular manifestation of the Episcopal Church’s gift to hold in creative unity the rootedness of tradition and an openness to Spirit-led change. I am thrilled to be called to lead in such a vital place with such dedicated Christian people.

Tricia and I look forward to being in Massachusetts, once we have devoted ourselves to a time of bittersweet endings with our companions in Cleveland.

For more on the election of Alan Gates and the decision in the Diocese of Massachusetts, visit the DioMass news site.

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Leonardo Ricardo

Makes me happy just to look at this strong and friendly face (and to read all about him and his positive past filled with wholesome spiritual vitality)...Congrtulations/Felicidades!

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