Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

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The Rt. Rev. Thomas James Brown was ordained and consecrated the tenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine on June 22, 2019 in a ceremony witnessed by more than 900 people at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, Maine. 

On October 26, 2019, he was formally welcomed at the Cathedral of Saint Luke in Portland,  and seated in the cathedra, or bishop’s chair, as part of a traditional ceremony that recognizes and invests a newly ordained and consecrated bishop. The seating of Bishop Brown and service concluded the 200th Convention of the Diocese and marked the year-long Bicentennial Celebration Kick-off. 

In his first formal address, Bishop Brown reflected on the past four months serving the more than 10,000 people in 59 churches and ministries across Maine, commenting “The Diocese of Maine is a community with highly-developed skills in creating and sustaining relationships. We are a relational diocese, in a relational state. This is among God’s biggest blessings.” Acknowledging the many uncertainties that lie ahead he affirmed “a changing church comes with blessing and honor and glory. And a swiftly changing society, in an environment where people understand and relate to the sacred in a variety of ways, is a challenge, for sure, but nothing is insurmountable when we stand on the rock of Jesus Christ." 

In concluding his remarks Bishop Brown stated, “Today, we discern only a few of the opportunities that grace will put before us; we intuit only some of the challenges that will test our faith, our generosity, even our resolve. But through it all, there are constants too. We stand on Christ the solid Rock, a firm foundation. Growing in the knowledge and love of God is our aim, the Golden Rule is our guide, and openness to honoring the Spirit in all whom we meet is the way forward.”  

Bishop Brown presided at the service which was livestreamed and attended by clergy, lay members and choirs from throughout the diocese. For the video of Bishop Brown’s formal Seating service and address click here

Bishop Brown succeeded the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane who retired in June.  The Bishop and his spouse, Rev. Thomas Mousin, reside in Portland.

Click here for a pdf of the Oct 26 press release.
Click here for a pdf of the June 22 press release. 
 
 

 

DIOCESAN STAFF

Loring House, the building housing the Bishop and staff offices at 143 State Street in Portland, will remain closed through Labor Day. We all remain ready to help you from our home offices! 
Please use our new mailing address:
PO Box 4036 
Portland, ME  04101
207.772.1953 (dial the extension listed below at any time during the message)
 
THE RT. REV. THOMAS J. BROWN
Tenth Bishop of Maine
Extension 125
 
THE REV. CN. MICHAEL AMBLER 
Canon to the Ordinary 
Extension 123
207.233.7555 (cell)
 
MS KATIE CLARK
Director of Communications
Extension 129
207.233.2230 (cell)
 
THE REV. CN. SARA D'ANGIO WHITE
Canon for Youth Ministry
Extension 130
585.749.9125 (cell)
sdangiowhite@episcopalmaine.org
 
MR. MIKE DOUGLASS 
Director of Camp Bishopswood 
Extension 127
207-763-3148 (Camp)
 
 
MR. JOHN HENNESSY
Director of Advocacy and Networks
Extension 126
207.400.6619 (cell)
 
MS EMILY KENISTON
Consultant for Christian Formation
 
CN. BARBARA MARTIN
Canon for Administration
Extension 125
207.650.6070 (cell)
 
THE VEN. AARON PERKINS
Archdeacon
 
MS TERESA PINNEY
Assistant Director of Administration and Communications
Extension 132
207.239.8436 (cell)
 
CN. TERRY REIMER
Canon Missioner for Finance and Stewardship
Extension 134
207.595.0410 (cell)
 
MR. MARK SPAHR
Consultant for Social Media
 
MR. TOM SUMNER
Assistant Director of Finance and Insurance
Extension 138 
 
 
LORING HOUSE PRAYER

0 Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for this work you have given us to do for the people of the Diocese of Maine and thank you for this gracious home in which to do it.

Grant us the ears to listen to one another; to hear and to understand.

Grant us the eyes to see when others need our support and
the courage to ask when we need theirs.

Grant us the hands to share responsibilities with our companions
in this ministry and to cheer for one another's successes.

Give us open hearts to welcome our brothers and sisters into
this house of open doors and transparent walls;

Give us willing hearts to offer our talents and gifts in support
of the ministries of people and congregations of the Diocese;

Give us joyful hearts to laugh when things get funny.

Guide us, 0 God, as we travel with you in this life and work. As we walk in the light of your presence, help us to have grateful hearts for your many gifts of grace: those small, those mighty, those clear and those we just briefly glimpse.

AMEN

- composed by diocesan staff in the Spring of 2000

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