By Bob Libby It was the last thing that I thought I would ever do. I was on a pre-Lenten retreat at a monastery and although I was an Episcopal priest, it was a Roman Catholic establishment run by the Trappist monks in Conyers, Ga. and a place where you’re not allowed to talk, or so I thought. I came equipped to do some heavy reading, having packed both Augustine’s “Confessions” and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “The Cost of Discipleship,” along with my Bible and the Book of Common Prayer. I had really set out to impress God, but the Lord had other plans.
Massachusetts deacon’s ordination brings #MeToo moment of healing
By Tracy Sukraw Diocese of Massachusetts For her ordination as a transitional deacon on Nov. 10, the Rev. Gayle Pershouse Vaughan chose for the Gospel reading the passage from John 20 in which Mary encounters the risen Jesus. “That speaks to me profoundly,” she said during an interview a couple of weeks before the ordination would take place at the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Mass., her home parish for the past 15 years.