An Update from the Bishop’s Office

Dear Friends,

I usually use this space to share my reflections on the week. Today let me share with you instead a letter from the Rev. Canon Mally Ewing Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese, concerning Bishop Shaw’s health:

Dear Friends,

Bishop Tom asked me to be in touch to let you know that his doctors have recommended a surgical procedure in order to continue monitoring his response to his treatment for brain cancer.  This recommendation comes after consultation with his medical team over the past few days.  The procedure is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m.  He expects to spend a couple of days in the hospital and then recover at home with his SSJE brothers.  He asks for your prayers, which he so deeply appreciates; no hospital visits, please, but cards and messages are welcome.  They may be sent to him in care of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, 980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA 02138.

While another surgery may sound worrisome, Bishop Tom is confident in his doctors’ advice and continues to be grateful for their care and expertise.

We will update you when there is more information to share.  Thank you for your prayers during this Advent season of watching and waiting.


I know that all of us at St. John’s will continue to keep Bishop Shaw in our prayers.


Our Diocese in the News

Some of you may have already seen the article in Monday’s Boston Globe about efforts by our diocese to address violence, particularly gun violence, in our communities.  If you have not read it, please do.  The extensive article gives an accurate account of what has happened since the tragic death of Jorge Fuentes a little over a year ago. To read the full Boston Globe article, click below:



Garden Group Annual Holiday Evergreens Sale

Wreath  The Garden Group announces our annual sale of fresh Holiday Evergreens from the far reaches of cold crisp Northern Minnesota!  Please consider taking an order form (available in the kitchen) and share this opportunity with your friends, family, neighbors.  Orders can be taken by any member of the Garden Group and a sign-up sheet will be in the kitchen during coffee hour.  Orders can also be called into Maureen Lavely, 617-242-3868.  Payment will be made when order is picked up.

Take a look at the sample wreath in the kitchen.  It’s the very popular Victorian Wreath.  But there are items other than wreaths.  Consider a candlelit centerpiece, a living tree, or two different lengths of garland.

Orders will be taken the next three Sundays ONLY!  The order must be placed by November 1st with delivery to St. John’s for pickup the week of December 2nd.   This is our major fundraiser for the maintenance of the garden and we greatly appreciate your support.

Come with ECW to the Museum of Russian Icons


St. John’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is planning a trip to the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Mass. on Saturday October 5th. The trip is not just for ECW members but is open to all.  For information about the museum click here:


Eastern icons are stylized spiritual paintings with Christian themes. An icon is a window through which we glimpse the beauty of the Christian faith and its heroes. Images are created by an iconographer according to strict standards by the church. Icons have, in most cases, been sanctified and blessed inside the church by a priest.

Those interested ought to plan on leaving the Boston area by 9 a.m. as museum Saturday hours are 11-3. Travel to Clinton by car could take an hour. There is of course a shop and a Russian tea room.

Please contact Jane Struss at 617-491-7970 or and let her know if you’re planning to go, and also if you need a ride.

Invite friends!!!