Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
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.
Canon to the Ordinary
Director of Camp Bishopswood
Canon for Administration
Assistant Director of Administration and Communications
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.
- composed by diocesan staff in the Spring of 2000