Dear friends and blog readers,  Yes, it has been a LONG time since a new post has appeared.  We now have  a new bishop for the diocese and I will be staying on as Diocesan Director.  Joan Scofield, of St. Barnabas, will be the new Diocesan Altar Guild treasurer.  Many thanks to Barbara Read, outgoing treasurer, for her many years of dedication and service.  It was a pleasure to meet with Barbara and our new Bishop, the Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely two weeks ago at the Cathedral.

bkMany plans and projects are underway in the Diocese and it looks like exciting times ahead with a rejuvenation of the Diocesan Altar Guild.

One question which I am asked often concerns the return of the gold cross Diocesan Altar Guild pins which were presented for many years to altar guild members in the state of Rhode Island.  The manufacturer has been located and it would seem that soon we will once again have them in stock for Rhode Island church guilds.  The pin, designed for Rhode Island by Fr. Washburn some years ago, is a beautiful one, and was for a time sold all over the country to non Rhode Island guilds. The question is under consideration now as to whether or not to reserve it for the state for which it was created.  If you have one of these pins, continue to wear it and become an “honorary” member of the Diocesan Altar Guild of Rhode Island. It is most probable that we will revert to the original use of these pins to churches within our state, for which the pin was designed. I will post any updates on this site.

It’s good to be back, and my thanks for the many emails and prayers which were sent winging my way over the last difficult year of family health issues.  The photo at the top of the page comes from a flower festival. Such lovely entries to see here

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