Growing in God's Love as an Open, Caring Community

Episcopal Diocese Of Maine

Page updated on August 9, 2019

from Bishop Thomas Brown

In the Letter to the Colossians we read, God chose to make known the riches of the glory of mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim…so then continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up, and established in the faith, abounding in thanksgiving.

In these first days among you I’m discovering the timeless truth of St. Paul’s words. You are rooted and built up in Christ, and I see this in the welcome and the hope you are extending to me. Thank you!

Thanks to diocesan staff, I’m getting settled into Loring House, along with all the necessary tools: a computer with diocesan email, a mobile phone, and a staggering new definition of the word “calendar.” Mostly, I’m spending a great deal of time with Bishop Lane (we were at St. Margaret’s in Belfast last Sunday); his warmth and willingness to teach are great gifts. I’m thankful for the members of the diocesan staff, each of whom is working overtime to serve during this transition. It’s going very well!

As you know, it’s the Diocese of Maine’s tradition to ordain and consecrate our bishops at the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke. I embrace this tradition, even as I lament that it means requiring tickets in order to allow representatives of each faith community to attend the liturgy on 22 June. Although we’re unable to accommodate everyone at the Cathedral, thanks to our communications team, a professional live-stream has been arranged.  We encourage parish watch-parties to join us in prayer; next month we’ll make available additional worship resources for the day, including a link to the worship leaflet. If you wish to be added to a waitlist for tickets, sign up here on

With trust that we shall continue to live our lives in Christ, rooted and built up, I look forward to getting acquainted. In the meantime, I covet your prayers, and pledge that you are in mine.


Thomas J. Brown



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