Bishop's Message

March 21st, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am pleased to announce that the Most Reverend and Right Honorable George Carey, the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury and his wife, Lady Eileen, will be the honored guests of the Community of St. Mary and the Diocese from May 30th until June 7th. I would like to thank Mother Miriam, Mother Superior of the Community of St. Mary, for her active support in coordinating and supporting the Archbishop's visit.

Archbishop Carey came to faith as a teenager, entered the military, then completed university and seminary. He holds a PhD from the University of Durham. He served as a curate and then in theological education. He became rector of St. Nicholas parish in Durham and in two years tripled the size of its congregation, the story of which is documented in the book The Church in the Marketplace. Lord Carey was appointed bishop of Bath and Wells in 1987, and four years later was enthroned as the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury. Since retiring, he has been active as a member of the House of Lords, serving as Lord Carey of Clifton. He still preaches and teaches across the Anglican Communion. I am grateful to the Archbishop for his willingness to spend time with us, to teach us, and to share our common life during his time here. Archbishop Carey will be participating in a wide variety of events during his time with us, giving many of you the opportunity to come and hear him speak. Here are some of those opportunities:

On Saturday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m., the Archbishop will preach at the service of Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons at The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210.

On Sunday, May 31st, Archbishop Carey will be the preacher for the Mass of the Holy Trinity, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, NY 12834. A welcome luncheon will be served following the service in the dining room. The cost for lunch is $11.00. At 5 p.m., the Archbishop will preach at the Blessing and Rededication of the Chapel at The Community of St. Mary Convent, 242 Cloister Way, Greenwich, NY, 12834.

On Tuesday, June 2nd, Lord and Lady Carey will speak at the regular Healing service in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. The service begins at 10:00 a.m. and lunch will follow in the dining room. The cost for lunch is $11.00.

On Wednesday, June 3rd at 5 p.m., the Archbishop will be the preacher at the Corpus Christi Eucharist and outdoor procession. The service will begin in the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and will culminate with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the helicopter pad. A light supper will be served in the dining room at 6:30 p.m. The cost for supper is $11.00.

From Friday, June 5th through Sunday, June 7th, Archbishop Carey will join us for the 147th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Albany at Camp of the Woods Christian Resort and Conference Center, 106 Downey Avenue, Speculator, NY 12164. The Archbishop will be a featured presenter during the Convention. Also joining us at Convention will be Bishop Grant LeMarquand, Area Bishop of the Horn of Africa in the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, Bishop Fanuel Magangani, Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Malawi, Bishop Darren McCartney, Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of the Arctic, Bishop Todd McGrcgor, Bishop of Toliara (Madagascar), Bishop Harold Miller, Bishop of the Diocese of Down and Dromore in Northern Ireland, and our own retired bishops of the Diocese, Bishop David Ball and Bishop Dan Herzog.

Our visitors to Convention will give us exposure to the work of the Church in several continents, both where it can work peaceably and where it is persecuted, and show us how that work is grounded in loyalty to Jesus Christ and a desire to see the gospel spread and the church strengthened in every community.

I invite you all to attend as many of these events as you can, but I especially invite you to come and share the blessings of Convention, where we will explore the theme of Three Persons, One God Three Streams, One Church. Convention is our Diocesan Family Reunion and you can rejoice with your brothers and sisters in Christ across the diocese in worship, healing, workshops, the Youth Mass on Sunday, and the great vitality of our faith. You can register for Convention by clicking here.

Faithfully yours in Christ,