The Right Reverend M. Thomas Shaw SSJE, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, made an official visit to Christ Church Parish in Plymouth on Sunday, Jan. 13, celebrating the Eucharist and participated in several baptisms with The Reverend David Fredrickson, Rector of Christ Church.
At the service, Bishop Shaw told the children and baptismal families when baptized as Christians, “We take a vow to honor the dignity of every human being.” His sermon was about how the church, through its mission work, especially in Africa, and its teaching attempts to exemplify that vow.
All three weekend services were combined into a single celebration on Sunday at 10 a.m. so the congregation could hear Bishop Shaw preach. Parishioners were able to meet and talk with the bishop at a reception following the service.
Bishop Shaw was consecrated a bishop in 1994 and became the 15th bishop of Massachusetts in 1995. A life-professed member of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, a religious order of priests and lay brothers in the Episcopal Church, he is in demand nationwide as a preacher and retreat leader. His writings include the recent book “Conversations with Scripture and With Each Other.”
Christ Church is an Episcopal church in the Diocese of Massachusetts. Founded in 1844, Christ Church Parish is open to all people for prayer, worship and celebration of the Christian faith through the promotion of justice, peace, healing and love.
From a release from Christ Church Parish